Bruins vs Kings Prediction - NHL Picks 10/21/23

Los Angeles Kings (2-1-1) vs Boston Bruins (3-0)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -110 / Boston Bruins -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins will play the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Boston comes into this game undefeated so far, while Los Angeles has won two games in a row. 

Bruins Preview

The Boston Bruins are 3-0-0 this season after they defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Boston scored the first three goals of this game, but did lose the shutout in the third period. The Bruins out shot San Jose by a total of 36-27 and went 3-3 on the penalty kill in the win. Boston has also defeated Nashville and Chicago this year. The Boston Bruins are scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 1.33 goals against per game, while going 22.2% on the power play and 100% on the penalty kill. David Pastrnak has led the Bruins this year with four goals, one assist, and 15 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Boston is Linus Ullmark, who is 2-0-0 this season with a 1.00 goal against average and a .958 save percentage. 

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 2-1-1 this year after they defeated the Minnesota Wild by a score of 7-3 in their last game. Los Angeles led 4-2 after the first period and tacked on three more goals in the third period for the easy win. The Kings were out shot by a total of 32-27 and went 4-4 on the penalty kill in the game. LA defeated the Jets in the game prior, but they opened the season with two losses to the Hurricanes and Avalanche. The Los Angeles Kings are scoring 4.75 goals per game and they are allowing 3.50 goals against per game, while going 17.6% on the power play and 93.3% on the penalty kill. Kevin Fiala has led the Kings this season with six assists and 12 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for LA is Cam Talbot, who is 2-1-0 this year with a 2.67 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. 

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The road team has won nine of the last 10 games between the Bruins and Kings.
  • The Kings have failed to cover the puck line in eight of their last nine games at Crypto.com Arena following a road win.
  • The Kings have won the second period in seven of their last eight home games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Kings' last eight games at Crypto.com Arena against opponents on a winning streak.

Boston Bruins Team Facts

  • The Bruins have won each of their last five games at Crypto.com Arena.
  • The Bruins have covered the puck line in each of their last six night games at Crypto.com Arena.
  • The Bruins have won the first period in each of their last five games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Bruins' last six games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Trevor Moore has scored at least one goal in each of the Kings' last three games.
  • Viktor Arvidsson has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances in home games.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one assist in seven of his last eight appearances.
  • Kevin Fiala ranks T2nd in the league for multi-assist games (2) this season.

Boston Bruins Player Prop Facts

  • David Pastrnak has scored at least one goal in six of the Bruins' last seven night games.
  • Brad Marchand has recorded at least one point in 10 of the Bruins' last 11 night games.
  • Brandon Carlo has recorded an assist in six of the Bruins' last seven games.
  • David Pastrnak has the most multi-point games for the Bruins this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Kings ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (1).
  • The Los Angeles Kings ranks T2nd in the league for goals in Period 3 per game this season (2.00).
  • The Boston Bruins ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (0).
  • The Boston Bruins ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).

Pick

Boston comes into this game looking to remain undefeated, but they will face a pretty solid Kings team here. Los Angeles dropped two games to Carolina and Colorado to open the season, but they have out scored the Jets and Wild by a total of 12-4 in the last two games. Boston has played solid defense this year, only allowing a total of four goals in three games. I like what I have seen out of the LA offense in the last two games and I like them to get the win here.  

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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