Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Wild vs Kings NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(6-5-0) Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings (4-6-3)
Date: Tuesday, February 16th
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Wild -130| Kings +110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Wild -1.5 (+195
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild are licking their chops to get three more shots at the Kings over the next 5 games including two at home on to wrap up February. That’s because Minnesota has gone 3-1 vs. L.A. on the year.
Of course the Kings are anxious to start evening things up vs. Minnesota as well. Two of the losses to the Wild came in OT, and just 1 point separates the teams in the West.
The Wild are an even 5-5 in their last 10, but they do come into this one at the risk of being a bit rusty having not played since February 2nd due to COVID postponements. Now Minnesota goes to the West Coast after two weeks off.
It’s the proverbial we don’t know what to expect, something that will be dealt with in every sport during this crazy season. Minnesota was able to get a home win over the Avs to close out January, and lost 2-1 in Colorado in their only February game so far.
The Wild don’t do anything extremely well on either end of the ice. Their power play on offense is especially bad at 7.1% but they do a great job killing penalties with an 86.4% success rate. Joel Erikkson Ek leads the team with just 5 goals.
The Kings are pretty mediocre-to-bad as well, but Minnesota at -130 is definitely a risk. The Wild still have 7 players out due to illness protocol including Erikkson Ek. It makes you wonder how Minnesota is favored?
Los Angeles Kings
L.A. would seem to be in a great spot against a team who has been idle for the past two weeks. Then again, when can you trust the Kings? At least they have some momentum coming off a 6-2 win over San Jose.
One of Los Angeles’ big advantages for Tuesday night is just routine, as they’ve played five games this month to Minnesota’s one. Granted, the Kings have lost four of those however, and are a point behind the Wild despite playing two more games.
Dustin Brown has been playing well lately for the Kings, scoring 3 of his 6 goals on the year over the last four games. Anze Kopitar has also scored in three straight, meaning the L.A. offense may be coming to life.
About that defense though. L.A. has allowed 4+ goals in three of the lasts four. Calvin Peterson has started the last three games in place of Jonathan Quick, and allowed just 2 goals on 31 shots to the Sharks last time out.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Wild are 11-4 last 15 road games
- Wild are 5-2 last 7 as a favorite
- Kings are 2-5 last 7 home games
- Kings are 1-5 last 6 overall
- Over is 4-0 in Kings last 4 overall
- Wild are 7-3 last 10 head to head meetings
- Over is 4-1 last 5 head to head in Los Angeles
Free Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Prediction:
Despite Minnesota taking 3 of 4 from the Kings this year, Tuesday’s matchup is a toss-up game. The -130 is too much to lay on the Wild coming in off a two week layoff and having to travel to the West Coast.
L.A. is just 2-2-3 at the Staples Center this year however. That being said, Brown and Kopitar are playing well right now and Minnesota is not only rusty, but shorthanded as well.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Kings +110
Both of the previous games between these two in L.A. went into OT this season, and that’s when Minnesota was in a routine and relatively healthy.
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