Los Angeles Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Staples Center)

LA +170, O/U 6

The Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday for a game against the Kings, in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, the Lightning were defeated by the Dallas Stars by the score of 3-2 in overtime.  Tampa Bay received both of their goals on the night from Steven Stamkos, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win.  Andrei Vasilevskiy took the loss in net for the Lightning as he made saves on 32 of 35 Dallas shots on the night.   

After the loss against Dallas, the Lightning are now 29-15-5, good enough for 2nd in the Atlantic Division.  Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay in points with 56 and in assists with 34.  Kucherov is also the leading goal scorer for the Lightning as he has scored 22 goals on the year with 4 coming while on the power play.  Lighting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is currently 24-9-3 on the season with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.55. Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney is 5-6-2 on the season with a 3.10 goals against average. Tampa Bay comes into the game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report.

The Los Angeles Kings welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to town on Wednesday after losing their last game to the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 4-1.  The Kings received their lone goal in the agme from Dustin Brown at 5:06 of the 3rd period on a goal that was score unassisted.  Jack Campbell took the loss in net for the Kings as he allowed 4 goals on 26 of the Flyers’ shots on the night. 

After the loss against Philadelphia, Los Angeles is now 18-27-5 on the season and are currently in 8th place in the Pacific Division.  Anze Kopitar has been the leader offensively for the Kings all season as he leads the team in points with 43.  Kopitar also leads Los Angeles in goals with 17, with 5 coming on the power play and in assists with 26.  Goalie Jonathan Quick has a record of 11-17-3 with a goals against average of 3.01.  The Kings other goalie is Jack Campbell who has a record of 7-10-2 with a goals against average of 2.89.  Los Angeles comes into Wednesday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Drew Doughty and Derek Forbort are both listed as day to day.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored an average of 3.57 goals per game this season while allowing 2.86 goals per game.  The Los Angeles Kings have scored 2.50 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.12 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Lightning are 2-3 while the Kings are 1-4 and have lost 4 games in a row. In the first game of the season between these two teams, the Lightning came away with the 4-3 victory in the shootout in a game played in Tampa.  The total has gone over in 5 of Los Angeles' last 5 games against Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay is 7-0 in their last 7 games against Los Angeles.  I will be going with the Lightning in this one.  Tampa Bay wins 4-3. 

Travis’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -200 (ML)

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