Los Angeles Kings vs. Florida Panthers - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Los Angeles Kings vs. Florida Panthers - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers at Los Angeles Kings

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:30 PM (Staples Center)

Florida Panthers at Los Angeles Kings

TV: FSFL, FSW

The Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 24 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 50 assists and Mike Hoffman has 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 138 goals on 1,334 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 32 goals on 290 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 16 games.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Anze Kopitar has 36 assists and Dustin Brown has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 110 goals on 1,073 shots faced and Cal Petersen has allowed 11 goals on 106 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Panthers are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles and 6-15 in the last 21 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Florida Panthers have won the last three meetings against the Kings by an average of two goals, and they need to keep taking advantage of these games against lesser talented clubs if they're going to keep chipping away in the playoff standings. The Los Angeles Kings have been the same team for a while now in terms of their effort defensively and it's preventing them from getting out of this losing funk they're stuck. Only the Detroit Red Wings have lost money this season than the Kings. Give me the Panthers for a third straight victory.

Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -137

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.