Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings - 3/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings - 3/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (34-22-8) vs Nashville Predators (36-22-4)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings +130 / Nashville Predators +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Kings host the Nashville Predators in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Nashville Predators come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-22-4. Through 62 games, the Predators are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 204 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.79 goals per game. So far, the Predators have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Nashville Predators with an overall record of 34-22-8. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 64 games, the Kings have scored 182 goals, giving them an average of 2.8. This output gives them a rank of 21st among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.8 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 16th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In his team's 62 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 58 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 7.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 33 goals, 18.0% have come during power play time. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.47 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 34 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In Los Angeles's 64 games, he has come up with 16 goals and 36 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.5%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 26 goals, 15.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -8 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 29 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Nashville's 62 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-26. So far, taking the over when the Predators are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-9. On the season, 58.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 26-37-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-17. On the season, 44.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. With a line at just 5.5 goals, look for the Predators and Kings to surpass this number. I recommend taking the over.

 

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