Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars - 3/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars - 3/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (29-20-3) vs Los Angeles Kings (29-18-7)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Dallas Stars -137 / Los Angeles Kings +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Dallas Stars host the Los Angeles Kings in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-18-7. Through 54 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 159 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.8 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 12th 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 Dallas Stars get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 29-20-3. This mark places them 5th in the Central division.

Through 52 games, the Stars have scored 151 goals, giving them an average of 2.85. This output gives them a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. On defense, Dallas is the 10th ranked unit, giving up 2.87 goals per contest. So far, the Stars have played the 8th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Dallas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 17th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 11 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 36. On the season, he is turning 16.4% 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 54 games, he has come up with 15 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.1%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -5 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.68 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has turned in 13 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Dallas Stars leader in points is Joe Pavelski. In Dallas's 52 games, he has come up with 21 goals and 34 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 14.9%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Roope Hintz. Of his 23 goals, 22.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14. Dallas's top goalie is Jake Oettinger, who is giving up an average of 2.25 goals per game. In his 26 games played, he has turned in 15 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Stars are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 22-27. Even with an overall ATS record below .500, they have fared better at home, covering 14 of their 25 home games. On the season, the Dallas Stars have an even per-game scoring differential. However, the Stars' scoring differential turns negative, at -0.8. Heading into their game with the Los Angeles Kings, the Stars have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. This mark comes in large part to their defense as they have scored just 10 goals, accounting for 53.0% of the overall scoring. Look for the Stars to continue their strong defensive play as they take down the Kings.

 

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