Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-25-1) vs Los Angeles Kings (29-19-7)

Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +180 / Los Angeles Kings +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Los Angeles Kings in Friday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-19-7. Through 55 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 162 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 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 16th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 28-25-1. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 54 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 179 goals, giving them an average of 3.26. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.61 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 10th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 21st in the NHL.

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Through 55 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 15.9% 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 55 games, he has come up with 15 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.0%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.74 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has turned in 13 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 54 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 43 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 38 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -4 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.In his 34 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45% percent of the time.

In Los Angeles's 55 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-20. So far, the Kings have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 17 of their 24 road games. On the season, the Los Angeles Kings have a per-game scoring differential of 0.09. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.11 goals. Heading into their game with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Kings have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 48.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.91 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Kings to have a big night scoring in a win over one of the worst defensive teams in the Blue Jackets.

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