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Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/15/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +170 / Minnesota Wild -205 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCS
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The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Los Angeles Kings look or a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 13 goals, Drew Doughty has 21 assists and Dustin Brown has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 59 goals on 616 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 30 goals on 427 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.

The Minnesota Wild could also use a bounce back win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Mikael Granlund has 27 assists and Ryan Suter has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 90 goals on 1,042 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 26 goals on 254 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 3-8 in their last 11 road games and 3-9 in their last 12 Tuesday games. The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The Kings are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 10-4 in Wild last 14 overall. The under is 7-2 in Kings last 9 overall.

Both of these teams have been a bit hit or miss these last couple of weeks, but it's the Los Angeles Kings who have been horrible on the road and have had their issues over the years with the Minnesota Wild. While on the end of a back to back and having defensive issues of their own, the Minnesota Wild are still head and shoulders the more balanced team with a more trustworthy defense. The Wild do have the edge in this game, even though they are a bit overpriced in this contest given the inconsistency. 

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -205

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