Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Stars vs Kings NHL Odds
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(31-27-5) Dallas Stars vs. Los Angeles Kings (23-33-4)
Date: Thursday February 28th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: OFF
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Stars -120
NHL Betting Total: 5½
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The Dallas Stars have dropped seven of their last ten games entering this contest with the struggling Los Angeles Kings. Also, they allowed three goals or more in their last three games as the Vegas Golden Knights were able to pick up a much-needed victory over Dallas in their last matchup.
The Los Angeles Kings have also not been able to maintain any type of consistency on either end of the ice as they are losers of nine straight outings. They fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in their most recent contest in allowing six goals including four in the second period to drop their sixth straight road matchup.
Roope Hentz scored on a power play goal early in the game to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. However, things certainly went downhill soon after as Dallas could not hit the back of the net for the remainder of the game.
Matt Pacioretty scored a power play goal for Vegas soon after while tacking on another goal early in the third to give the Golden Knights the lead for good en route to the victory. Also, Vegas had 48 shots on goal on the night compared to just 29 shots for Dallas.
In all, the Starts have dropped five of their last seven games, overall. In these outings, they have had to endure a total of three times while their offense, which averages just 2.5 goals per game, scored only 13 goals during this time.
Unfortunately for Dallas, they fell by a 2-1 score to the Kings in their last meeting. In all, an Esa Lindell goal in the third period was not enough as Dallas lost the game despite having 30 shots on goal compared to 19 for the Kings.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings, on the other hand, allowed 34 shots on goal to the Carolina Hurricanes in their last time out. On the other hand, Los Angeles was able to obtain only 23 shots on goal as Dustin Brown answered a streak of six goals scored by Carolina by posting a consolation goal in the final period as they have scored one goal in three of their last four games.
The Kings rank at the bottom of the league in offensive efficiency in averaging 2.4 goals per game (29th) on 28 shots (23rd). Their defense has not been much better as they are allowing a tad over three goals per game on 32 shots.
However,, during their nine game skid, the defense has allowed 40 goals to their opponents. In fact, they have allowed six goals in two of their last three games entering this matchup with the Stars.
As stated, Los Angeles had success versus the Stars in their last outing, as stated. Also, their next five games are against teams that they have picked up victories against earlier in the season.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Stars are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
- Underdog is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
- Stars are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over
Look for the over to be the result in this contest as I really do not see either of these teams playing defense consistently. Both are entering this game giving up too many opportunities and I see the trends continuing as one should look towards the over as the strong play in the end as the Kings will sneak by with a 4-3 victory.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Stars 3 – Kings 4
The Kings have indeed struggled this season, as pointed out. However, the Stars have struggled mightily as well. However, the Stars have the momentum of picking up a slim victory over Dallas earlier in the year. With that being the case, look for the Kings to right their ship while picking up some goals versus a Stars team that has struggled on the year in this area.
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