Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (34-18-7) at Los Angeles Kings (22-34-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +130 / Colorado Avalanche -157 --- Over/Under: 7
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Saturday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 1-0 win over Anaheim last time out. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes and through most of the 2nd period before J.T. Compher gave Colorado the lead late in the 2nd period. The Ducks would outshoot the Avs 11-5 in the 3rd, but Colorado would hold on for the victory and send Anaheim to yet another loss. Pavel Francouz got the win to improve to 15-5-3 on the year after stopping all 26 shots faced for his 1st NHL shutout.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers last time out. Gabriel Vilardi opened the scoring just 1:26 into the game but Florida would surge ahead with a pair of goals 1:40 apart before Drew Doughty tied the game at two with just under five minutes to go in the opening period. The Panthers would retake the lead early in the 2nd but Trevor Moore tied the game at three just past the midway point of the 2nd and Martin Frk gave L.A. the lead in the last couple of minutes of the 2nd period. Florida tied the game again at four in the first minute of the 3rd but Ben Hutton would give the Kings the lead for good with just over seven minutes to go in the 3rd. Jonathan Quick got the win to improve to 13-22-3 on the yer after stopping 25 of 29 shots faced in the winning effort.
Head-to-head, Colorado is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.
The plus money with the Kings is tempting with the Avs on a back-to-back after having to grind out a win against Anaheim, and the Avalanche haven’t had much luck against the Kings to begin with. However, Colorado is the only team going anywhere come playoff time, and Los Angeles is just playing out the string and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these guys playing their last game in a Kings uniform this season with the trade deadline looming on Monday. I just think that Colorado is in the much better spot here, so I’ll side with Colorado to get the job done in regulation for bring the price down.