Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins - 3/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins - 3/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (34-18-4) vs Los Angeles Kings (31-19-7)

Game Info: Monday, March 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -105 / Los Angeles Kings +225 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-19-7. Through 56 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 166 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 16th 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 Boston Bruins get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 34-18-4. This mark places them 4th in the Atlantic division. Through 56 games, the Bruins have scored 171 goals, giving them an average of 3.02. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.68 goals per contest. So far, the Bruins have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Boston's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In his team's 56 games, he has come up with 15 goals and 36 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.9%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 25 goals, 16.0% have come during power play time. Los Angeles's top goalie is Jonathan Quick, who is giving up an average of 2.68 goals per game.

Through 56 games, the Boston Bruins' goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak, with 57 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 33 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game. In his 28 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44% percent of the time.

In Los Angeles's 56 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 34-23. So far, the Kings have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 20 of their 29 road games. On the season, the Los Angeles Kings have a per-game scoring differential of 0.11. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.14 goals. Heading into their game with the Boston Bruins, the Kings have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 16 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 2.93 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Kings to pick up the road win over Boston. 

 

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