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Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings - 2/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings at Nashville Predators
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
The Line
Nashville Predators -235 / Los Angeles Kings +190 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NBCS
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NHL | Los Angeles Kings at Nashville Predators
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.

The Los Angeles Kings will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in their last outing. L.A. dug themselves a hole early, after Washington scored a pair of goals :20 apart just after the midway point of the 1st period, and carried that 2-0 lead into the 2nd where the Caps added a 3rd goal. Alex Iafallo pulled one back early in the 3rd and Ilya Kovalchuk cut the deficit to 3-2 with :28 to go but it was too little too late as Washington would hold on and add to L.A.’s losing streak. Jack Campbell took the loss, falling to 7-11-0 in the losing effort after allowing 3 goals on 21 shots faced.

The Nashville Predators will look to build on a 5-3 win over Dallas in their last outing. Brian Boyle opened the scoring for the Preds with the lone goal of the opening period before Dallas tied the game at one early in the 2nd. Rocco Grimaldi re-took the lead for Nashville just after the midway point of the 2nd, but the Predators would tie the game and re-take the lead in a span of :26. The Stars’ lead lasted all of :21 second before Filip Forsberg would tie the game at 3-3 heading into the final frame. Roman Josi scored a pair of goals in the 3rd to give Nashville the win and send Dallas back empty-handed. Pekka Rinne got the win to improve to 21-15-3 after stopping 36 of 39 shots faced in the winning effort.

Los Angeles is 11-23 in their last 34 road games and 9-23 in their last 32 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall. Nashville is 65-22 in their last 87 games as a favorite of -201 or more and 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Los Angeles is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Nashville.

Los Angeles and the plus money is tempting considering that the Predators haven’t been all that consistent as of late, but the one thing that the Kings have been consistent with lately is losing hockey games. Nashville has also had all of the recent success between these two teams, winning the last 4 meetings by a combined score of 18-9, and the last two meetings in Nashville by a combined score of 10-3. I have to side with Nashville here and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Predators on the puck line here.

Pick:
Nashville -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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