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Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/6/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils (9-12-5) at Los Angeles Kings (10-17-1)
Date & Time Thursday December 6, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -115 / New Jersey Devils -105 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSW, MSG+
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NHL | New Jersey Devils (9-12-5) at Los Angeles Kings (10-17-1)
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The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The New Jersey Devils could use a feel good victory here to snap a six-game losing streak. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 19 assists and Nico Hischier has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 21 goals on 152 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 62 goals on 657 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed four or more goals in each of their last six games.

The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with eight goals, Drew Doughty has 13 assists and Anze Kopitar has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 22 goals on 198 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 27 goals on 352 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Devils are 7-19 in their last 26 road games, 11-30 in their last 41 Thursday games and 5-17 in their last 22 overall. The Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 10-23 in their last 33 overall. The Devils are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. The over is 6-1 in Devils last 7 overall. The under is 5-0 in Kings last 5 overall.

You can't back the New Jersey Devils in their current form, as they've been brutal on the road and that defense is allowing 4.6 goals per game during their six-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Kings have been hit or miss recently, but they're due for a breakout home win and the defense has improved recently. The Kings should be able to win this game with the way the Devils are allowing goals left and right. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Kings -115

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