Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (39-27-10) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (35-33-6)

Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -200 / Columbus Blue Jackets +150 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 35-33-6. Through 74 games, the Blue Jackets are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 240 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.68 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 13th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 22nd-ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 39-27-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 76 games, the Kings have scored 220 goals, giving them an average of 2.84. This output gives them a rank of 20th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 2.91 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 12th 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 18th in the NHL.

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Through 55 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 49 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -10 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.35 goals per game.

Through 76 games, Los Angeles' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 33 goals and 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 49. On the season, he is turning 14.8% 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 76 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.1%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -11 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.9 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Columbus's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-27-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-14-1. On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 33-41-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 18-19-1. On the season, 47.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. Look for the Kings and Blue Jackets to surpass 6 goals, as Los Angeles should have no problem carrying this game over the total with a big scoring night.

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