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(14-12-2) Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (20-7-3)
Date: Friday, December 16th
Venue: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -205
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Kings and Penguins are both coming into the second night of back-to-backs and looking to bring home a win.
The Pacific Division Kings currently sit in 5th place, while the Metropolitan Division Penguins continue to stay in 1st place.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are coming off a Thursday night game against the Red Wings.
Currently in 5th in the Pacific Division, the Kings haven’t found much recent consistency in the win column after finishing the month of November on a five-game winning streak.
The Kings continue to struggle in the goal-scoring department. The team is 20th in the NHL in goals for, which has caused problems when trying to win high-scoring games like against the Sabres, whom the Kings lost to 6-3.
Fortunately, the defense continues to be good for the most part. At 10th in the NHL in goals against (76), the Kings have played well and have gotten great results from Peter Budaj, the goaltender starting in place of the injured Jonathan Quick.
Captain Jeff Carter continues to be great for the Kings. His 14 goals lead the team and he has 10 assists to go along with them. His play on the offensive side has been an important factor for Los Angeles night in and night out.
The team will need Carter and the defense to play well against the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins cannot seem to lose. They’ve won seven in a row, including a tough 4-3 OT win against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Sidney Crosby has been everything Sidney Crosby needs to be for this team, and then some. He leads the team in total points and his 21 goals lead the NHL. Add on 12 assists and you can safely say that he’s one of the best players in the league this season.
Pittsburgh sits comfortably in 1st place in the Metropolitan Division and looks to widen the gap over the Rangers and Flyers.
To do so, the team will need to continue its great goal-scoring run – 39 in last seven games – and the Penguins show no signs of slowing down.
I expect the Penguins to run away with this game on their own ice and overwhelm a low-scoring Kings offense.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in last seven games
- The total has gone OVER in Pittsburgh’s last five games
Free Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction:
I don’t like the Kings on the road. The team is 4-8-1 away from its home ice and that losing trend will probably continue against the Penguins. Pittsburgh is such a good scoring team that it should take care of the Kings in flashy fashion.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
It’s hard to bet the UNDER when Pittsburgh is involved these days. The team can score five or six goals on its own and the Kings should net a couple as well. I like the OVER.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 2 – Pittsburgh 5
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