Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Predators vs. Kings NHL Odds
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(3-1-0 Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings (1-2-0)
Date: Saturday, October 12th
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Predators -161, Kings +140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Predators -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Predators could easily be 4-0 heading into Saturday night’s game with the Kings. Nashville has 3 moderately impressive wins on the year, but have also laid an egg in a 3-5 loss to Detroit at home as -270 favorites.
The Kings are ready to take on what they think is an overrrated Preds’ team on Saturday night at the Staples Center. LA has started the year 1-2, but with three straight road games. Being on their own ice may be key to victory here.
Make no mistake Nashville is off to a great start at 3-1. The truth is they’ve been favored in all four games however and each game has been at Bridgestone Arena thus far. Nashville may face a real test on the road for the 1st time.
Not only have the Predators been favored to win each of their first four games – it has been by a lot. They won October 3rd vs. Minnesota as -179, won 10/8 vs. San Jose as -177, and beat Washington last time out at -140.
While the competition may leave something to be desired thus far, you can’t overlook that the Predators have put up some good offensive numbers thus far with 5+ goals in three of the first four.
One thing that does favor Nashville to get the win on Saturday night is their depth. Filip Forsberg has a goal in each game so far but the Predators have 5 players that have netted more than one score already this year.
Nashville’s offense should be able to give a nice breather for goaltender Pekka Rinne. The veteran has started the season 3-0, but gave up 5 goals on 26 shots the last time out vs. Washington.
Los Angeles Kings
You have to at least look at LA +140 in this one for the simple fact that they are playing their first home game of the season on Saturday night. Then again, the Kings were just 17-21-3 at Staples a year ago.
It’s hard to know how the Los Angeles team is going to fare this season after just 3 games. Those 3 contests all came on the road in Canada as well. The results include a 5-6 loss to Edmonton, falling 4-3 at Calgary (OT), and losing 2-8 at Vancouver.
The hopes aren’t that high for the Kings this season and Saturday will mark the 4th straight time they’ve been underdogs in a game. LA was as high as a +200 underdog at Calgary, but they did take the Flames to OT before falling 4-3.
Don’t instantly bet against the Kings in this one. Anze Kopitar has a goal and 4 assists through 3 games and Drew Doughty has added 2 goals and 2 assists.
It’s likely Jonathan Quick in net Saturday for LA. Quick has taken a beaten starting off the season 0-2 while also allowing 14 goals on just 56 total shots. Not good heading into a game with a diverse Nashville O.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Predators are 4-1 last 5 games as a road favorite
- Predators are 6-20 last 26 Saturday games
- Kings are 4-1 last 5 home games
- Kings are 9-22 last 31 overall
Free Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Prediction:
Nashville has shown a lot of depth so far on offense – but LA has been great at the top of their roster. Quick has given up a ton of goals which either favors the Predators or a high scoring game.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
It’s a weird game with LA playing their first home contest and Nashville going on the road for the first time. Unfamiliarity should favor the offenses in this one.
NHL Free Prediction: Predators 4 – Kings 3 (OT)
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