Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (25-27-11) at Los Angeles Kings (23-35-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -135 / New Jersey Devils +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The New Jersey Devils look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Nikita Gusev has 28 assists and P.K. Subban has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 47 goals on 399 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 111 goals on 1,315 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed one or less goals in five of their last 11 games.
The Los Angeles Kings need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Anze Kopitar has 36 assists and Dustin Brown has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 110 goals on 1,073 shots faced and Cal Petersen has allowed 11 goals on 106 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 32-65 in their last 97 games as an underdog and 24-52 in their last 76 road games. The Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest, 16-35 in their last 51 Saturday games and 3-7 in their last 10 home games. The under is 5-0 in Devils last 5 overall. The under is 10-4-2 in Kings last 16 home games. The Devils are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils have won four of the last five meetings against the Kings and that includes a 3-0 win just a couple of weeks ago. The Los Angeles Kings aren't consistent or profitable enough to be laying juice with, especially when that defensive effort doesn't improve from game to game. As we've done with the Devils a few times as of late, we're going to take the plus money with them simply because they're playing better hockey than their opponent.