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Los Angeles Kings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (7-5-0) at Los Angeles Kings (3-8-1)
Date & Time Saturday November 3, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -115 / Columbus Blue Jackets -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSOH, FSW
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets (7-5-0) at Los Angeles Kings (3-8-1)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the STAPLES Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with seven goals, Artemi Panarin has 10 assists and Cam Atkinson has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 25 goals on 248 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 17 goals on 143 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed four or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Los Angeles Kings are getting desperate for a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14 percent of their power play opportunities. Ilya Kovalchuk leads Los Angeles with four goals, Drew Doughty has seven assists and Alex Iafallo has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 17 goals on 110 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 22 goals on 235 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in eight straight games.

The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win and 1-6 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Kings are 2-7 in their last 9 home games, 3-13 in their last 16 Saturday games and 3-14 in their last 17 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles and 6-18 in the last 24 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Kings last 6 overall and the over is 17-7 in Blue Jackets last 24 overall.

The over has dominated for both of these teams this season, as we're getting two of the worst defensive teams in the league. The Blue Jackets are 25th in goals allowed per game and 21st shots allowed per game, while the Kings are 26th in goals allowed per game and have given up at least three goals in eight straight games. The over seems like the play here based on the trends and the poor defense on both sides.

Pick:
Over 5.5

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