Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10/26/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10/26/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (4-6) at Minnesota Wild (3-7)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -125 / Los Angeles Kings +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Los Angeles Kings could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 11.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with three goals, Anze Kopitar has seven assists and Tyler Toffoli has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 26 goals on 178 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 11 goals on 107 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in four of their last five games.

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The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Hunt leads Minnesota with four goals, Jordan Greenway has five assists and Matt Dumba has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 23 goals on 192 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed nine goals on 107 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 17-35 in their last 52 road games and 5-13 in their last 18 games as a road underdog. The Wild are 5-11 in their last 16 games as a home favorite, 8-20 in their last 28 home games and 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-1 in Kings last 6 road games. The under is 5-1 in Wild last 6 overall. The Kings are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota. The under is 21-7-4 in the last 32 meetings in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Wild have won each of the last three meetings against the Kings and six of the last 10 meetings overall. The Los Angeles Kings continue to be very sloppy on the defensive end and that usually doesn't translate to success on the road. The problem is the Wild have been hit or miss as well defensively and the lack of consistent offense makes them equally hard to trust. With two teams that can let the puck find the back of the net quite often, I'll lean toward the over in this game instead of playing a side. 

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