Boston Bruins at Los Angeles Kings - 2/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Los Angeles Kings - 2/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (29-17-7) vs Boston Bruins (31-17-4)

Game Info: Monday, February 28, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -118 / Boston Bruins -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Kings host the Boston Bruins in Monday NHL Action

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-17-4. Through 52 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 151 times, good for a rank of 20th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 29-17-7. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 53 games, the Kings have scored 159 goals, giving them an average of 2.96. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.72 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 13th in the NHL.

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Through 52 games, the Boston Bruins' leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 23 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 51. On the season, he is turning 12.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Bruins have benefited from the strong play of Brad Marchand, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Boston's 52 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 17.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 2. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.76 goals per game.

Through 53 games, Los Angeles' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 25 goals and 11 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 36. On the season, he is turning 16.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 53 games, he has come up with 15 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.4%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -4 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game. In his 22 games played, he has turned in 13 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In terms of betting, the Bruins are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 19-31. Even though they have an overall ATS record below .500, they have managed to cover 13 of their 23 road games. On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.17. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.44 goals. Heading into their game with the Los Angeles Kings, the Bruins have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 60.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.88 goals per game 4 times. I recommend taking the Bruins to cover the puck line vs. Los Angeles.

 

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