Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings - 4/23/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings - 4/23/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (17-20-6) vs Minnesota Wild (29-13-3)

Game Info: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings +147 / Minnesota Wild -163 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings meet Friday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning 11 of their last 16 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Jordan Greenway has 21 assists and Kevin Fiala has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 60 goals on 798 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 52 goals on 579 shots.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 16 goals, Anze Kopitar has 34 assists and Adrian Kempe has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 54 goals on 491 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 65 goals on 809 shots.

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The Wild are 19-7 in their last 26 games as a favorite and 13-3 in their last 16 Friday games. The Kings are 4-9 in their last 13 games as an underdog and 6-21 in their last 27 Friday games. The over is 13-4 in Wild last 17 road games. The over is 4-1 in Kings last 5 home games. The Wild are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild have been the better team all season, they're quietly one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month and they've beaten the Kings in five of the seven meetings this season. The Los Angeles Kings simply don't string wins together, their defense gets bashed time and time again and they haven't exactly had consistent success on their home ice. The Wild should be the pick here and you can argue the price should be a lot steeper. I'll take the Wild and the somewhat reasonable price. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -163

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