Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (34-26-7) at Los Angeles Kings (26-35-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +125 / Minnesota Wild -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Minnesota Wild come in looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-2 win over San Jose in their last outing. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter each had a goal and an assist in the winning effort while Alex Galchenyuk chipped in the 3rd Minnesota goal while four other Wild players logged an assist in the winning effort including Kevin Fiala who had his five-game scoring streak snapped. Alex Stalock would get the win in goal for the Wild, stopping 40 of 42 shots faced in the winning effort to improve to 20-10-4 on the year.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to add to their four-game winning streak after picking up a 1-0 shootout win over Toronto in their last outing. Los Angeles would outshoot Toronto 11-5 in the first period before being outshot 25-12 across the final 40 minutes of play with Adrian Kempe leading the Kings with 6 shots on goal while Sean Walker has 4 shots on target and a trio of Kings also had 3 shots on target for Los Angeles in the winning effort. Kempe wouldn’t score in regulation but he did find the shootout winner for the Kings in round 4 of the shootout. Jonathan Quick got the win to improve to 15-22-4 after stopping all 36 shots faced in regulation and OT for his 1st shutout of the season.
Minnesota is 6-0 in their last 6 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games against the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a home underdog. Minnesota is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.
I get the Wild be favored as Minnesota’s really the only team within sniffing distance of a playoff spot, but Minnesota’s also had issues taking their game to the west coast as they’ve lost 4 of their last 5 trips to the Staples Center. I think the bottom line is, strictly froma. Value standpoint, we’re getting plus money with a Kings team that’s won 4 straight and 7 of their last 10 games and has played their best hockey at home all season long. I’ll take a shot with Los Angeles and the plus money here.