Kings vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 12/5/23

Columbus Blue Jackets (8-14-4) vs Los Angeles Kings (14-4-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +168 / Los Angeles Kings -205 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Los Angeles has won six of their last seven games, while Columbus has alternated wins and losses over their last six games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kings vs Blue Jackets prediction.

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 14-4-3 this season after they defeated Colorado by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Los Angeles trailed 1-0 after the first period, but they scored the next four goals in the game for the win. The Kings out shot Colorado by a total of 38-21 and went 0-1 on the power play in the game. Los Angeles’ only loss in their last seven games came against Washington by a score of 2-1, but they did dominate most of that game. The Kings are scoring 3.86 goals per game and they are allowing 2.29 goals against per game, while going 19.7% on the power play and 89.7% on the penalty kill. Adrian Kempe has led the Kings with eight goals, 14 assists, and 72 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Los Angeles is Cam Talbot, who is 11-4-1 this season with a 1.96 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. 

Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 8-14-4 this year after they lost to Boston by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Columbus led 1-0 in the third period, but they allowed Boston to score three times in the final period for the loss. The Blue Jackets were out shot by a total of 28-25 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Columbus defeated Ottawa by a score of 4-2 in the game before Boston, but they did lose to Montreal in the game prior to that. The Blue Jackets are scoring 2.85 goals per game and they are allowing 3.35 goals against per game, while going 12.7% on the power play and 86.8% on the penalty kill. Zach Werenski has led Columbus with one goal, 18 assists, and 58 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 6-8-3 this year with a 3.04 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won each of the Blue Jackets' last three games at Nationwide Arena.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in seven of the last eight games between the Kings and Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Blue Jackets have won the first period in each of their last five night games at Nationwide Arena following a road loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 13 of the Blue Jackets' last 14 home games against Pacific Division opponents.

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The Kings have won each of their last six games against the Blue Jackets following a home win.
  • The favorites have covered the puck line in five of the Kings' last six games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in nine of the Kings' last 10 games following a home win.
  • The Kings have won the second period in four of their last five games against the Blue Jackets following a win.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Patrik Laine has scored a goal in each of his last three home appearances against the Kings.
  • Patrik Laine has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine home appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in five of the Blue Jackets' last six home games.
  • Zach Werenski has the equal-most multi-assist games for the Blue Jackets this season (2).

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Kevin Fiala has scored at least one goal in each of his last five Tuesday night appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one point in each of his six previous appearances in night games at Nationwide Arena.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one assist in seven of his last eight appearances against the Blue Jackets.
  • Adrian Kempe ranks T2nd in the Pacific Division for Plus/Minus (+14) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks 31st in the league for Period 3 goals allowed per game this season (1.46).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T3rd in the league for power play goals against this season (10).
  • The Los Angeles Kings ranks 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (89.71%).
  • The Los Angeles Kings are one of only two teams in the league to rank top 5 for both goals for and goals against per game this season.

Kings vs Blue Jackets Betting Prediction

The Kings come into this game as a pretty big favorite, as they are 9-0-0 on the road, while Columbus is 6-7-1 on home ice this year. Los Angeles has won six of their last seven games and they have allowed two goals or fewer in all seven of those games. Columbus played well against Boston for two periods, but fell apart in the third for the loss. The Blue Jackets struggle to score consistently, which is going to be a problem against a good defensive team like LA. I like the Kings -1.5 in this game. 

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

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