Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings - 1/21/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings - 1/21/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (0-1-2) vs Colorado Avalanche (2-1)

Game Info: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings +144 / Colorado Avalanche -179 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Colorado Avalanche look for another win to build on their 2-1 record. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 4.5 goals per game and are scoring on 54.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Andre Burakovsky leads Colorado with two goals, Samuel Girard has four assists and Mikko Rantanen has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed six goals on 78 shots faced.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win here to rebound from a rough 0-1-2 start. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 11.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Andreas Athanasiou leads Los Angeles with three goals, Anze Kopitar has four assists and Jeff Carter has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing four goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up eight goals on 71 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up three goals on 24 shots.

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The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 46-20 in their last 66 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 29-59 in their last 88 games as an underdog and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The over is 10-3 in Avalanche last 13 overall. The under is 8-3-1 in Kings last 12 overall. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The nder is 11-2-4 in the last 17 meetings in Los Angeles and 16-6-8 in the last 30 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a strong start on the offensive end, and they jumped out to a strong start against the Kings in the first meeting where they scored the first three goals. While the season is still young, the Los Angeles Kings haven't looked good through three games and have serious issues in net up to this point. It's hard to get behind the Kings right now with any confidence. I'll back the Avalanche here, and I'll take the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -1.5

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