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New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (20-8-3) at New Jersey Devils (16-9-4)
Date & Time Tuesday December 12, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: New Jersey Devils +122 / Los Angeles Kings -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-West, MSG+
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The Los Angeles Kings head to the east coast to face the New Jersey Devils in Tuesday NHL action.

The surging Los Angeles Kings hope to stay hot with a trip to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Los Angeles has won eight in a row following a 3-2, overtime victory versus the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday where the defense stumbled in the third but played well overall. The Kings opened the scoring at 6:27 of the second on a Tyler Tofffoli tally before doubling the lead at 9:15 on Anza Kopitar’s goal.

The Hurricanes finally got on the scoreboard at 13:03 of the third when Victor Rask scored with the man advantage with Elias Lindholm scoring the tying goal with 2:22 remaining in the game. That set the stage for Tanner Pearson whose overtime goal with 20 seconds remaining to keep the Kings rolling. Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots to get the win while Scott Darling allowed three goal on 21 shots to absorb the loss. 

The New Jersey Devils seem to be a better squad then we saw a season ago but the team has to avoid losing streaks of any length. New Jersey has dropped three of four after a 5-2 loss at the New York Rangers on Saturday night. The Devils scoring came from Damon Severson and Miles Wood with Keith Kinkaid taking the loss with 34 stops

Mats Zuccarello paced the Rangers attack with a pair of goals with Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vessey and Kevin Hayes also lighting the lamp. New York also received two helpers from Rick Nash and Henrik Kundqvist picked up the win with a 26 save performance to help the team to victories in seven of nine.

Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Under is 4-0 in Devils last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 6-1 in Devils last 7 home games and Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. Under is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in New Jersey and road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and under is 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings. 

I’m just going with the hotter team but I know the Devils won’t lose every game…

Pick:
LA Kings -135 // will update

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