Kings vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 12/7/23

Montreal Canadiens (11-11-3) vs Los Angeles Kings (15-4-3)

Game Info: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +150 / Los Angeles Kings -189 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens face off on Thursday night in an NHL showdown at the Centre Bell. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Kings vs Canadiens prediction.

Kings Look for Third Straight Win

The Kings have a ton of confidence heading into this game and they have won two games in a row. In the last two games against the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets they have scored eight goals total. The Kings are averaging 3.86 goals while their defense is giving up 2.32 goals per game. The Kings offense is clearly a strength and they are going to need the offense to put on a show again here. Adrian Kempe has scored eight goals and added 15 assists. 

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Viktor Arvidsson has recorded a point in each of his last four appearances at Bell Centre.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded an assist in four of the Kings' last five games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Adrian Kempe has scored a goal in four of the Kings' last five games at Bell Centre.
  • Drew Doughty ranks 1st in the Western Conference for time on ice (25:37) this season.

Will the Canadiens Defense Step Up?

At times the Canadiens defense has been an issue and the big issue here is will the defense step up enough. In the last game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Canadiens were defeated 5-4 in overtime but they bounce back in the last game and beat the Seattle Krarken 4-2. Josh Anderson was the top player scoring a goal and adding an assist. The Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals while their defense is giving up 3.48 goals per game. Nick Suzuki has scored seven goals and added 14 assists so far this season. 

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Kirby Dach has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs.
  • Kirby Dach has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs.
  • Nick Suzuki has recorded at least one assist in six of the Canadiens' last seven night games.
  • Nick Suzuki ranks T1st in the league for shootout goals (3) this season.

Kings vs Canadiens Betting Prediction

The Kings offense has a ton of confidence heading into this game and the Canadiens defense hasn’t been exactly elite. The Canadiens are giving up almost 3.5 goals per game and they are going to really struggle in this game. Look for both the Kings to score at least five goals here and that is going to be the difference here as Los Angeles is going to get the job done. Back the Kings on the puck line. 

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

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