Los Angeles Kings vs. Washington Capitals - 12/4/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (20-4-5) at Los Angeles Kings (11-15-2)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +131 / Washington Capitals -145 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Washington Capitals look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 20 goals, John Carlson has 29 assists and T.J. Oshie has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 23 goals on 266 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 56 goals on 615 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in five straight games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 10 goals, Drew Doughty has 12 assists and Dustin Brown has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 60 goals on 510 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 29 goals on 273 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The Kings are 22-46 in their last 68 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The over is 19-7 in Capitals last 26 overall. The under is 10-3-1 in Kings last 14 overall. The Capitals are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-12 in the last 17 meetings. The favorite is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Washington Capitals are downright rolling right now and they're one of those teams I blindly back when they have everything going and the wins are piling up. However, the home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Capitals and Kings, and it's the Los Angeles Kings who have improved their play over the last couple of weeks. The Kings also have a rest advantage here and have played their best hockey by far on their home ice. In terms of the plus money, I'll take a shot with the Kings.