Jets vs Kings Prediction - NHL Picks 12/13/23

Los Angeles Kings (16-5-4) vs Winnipeg Jets (16-9-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -188 / Winnipeg Jets +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Winnipeg Jets will play the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Winnipeg has won four of their last five games, while Los Angeles comes into this game on a two game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Jets vs Kings prediction.

Jets Preview

The Winnipeg Jets are 16-9-2 this year after they lost to San Jose by a score of 2-1 in their last game. The Jets tied the game at one in the first period, but they couldn’t find the back of the net for the rest of the game. Winnipeg out shot San Jose by a total of 37-32 and went 0-5 on the power play in game. Prior to this loss, Winnipeg had defeated Anaheim, Colorado, Carolina, and Chicago. Winnipeg is scoring 3.27 goals per game and they are allowing 2.65 goals against per game, while going 17.6% on the power play and 75.6% on the penalty kill. Mark Scheifele has led the Jets with nine goals, 19 assists, and 65 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck, who is 13-6-1 this year with a 2.45 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. 

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 16-5-4 this season after they lost to the Rangers by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Los Angeles allowed two goals in the second and two goals in the third, but they did score in the final period to avoid the shutout. The Kings were out shot by a total of 27-26 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Los Angeles lost to the Islanders by a score of 3-2 in the game prior to the Rangers, but they did defeat Montreal, Columbus, and Colorado in the three games before that. LA is scoring 3.68 goals per game and they are allowing 2.32 goals against per game, while going 20.7% on the power play and 87.7% on the penalty kill. Adrian Kempe has led the Kings with nine goals, 17 assists, and 84 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Los Angeles is Cam Talbot, who is 12-4-2 this season with a 1.91 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. 

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The Kings have won each of their last seven night games against Central Division opponents.
  • The Kings have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight games at Crypto.com Arena following a road loss.
  • The Kings have won the third period in six of their last seven night games against Central Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 12 of the Kings' last 13 games at Crypto.com Arena against opponents on a winning streak.

Winnipeg Jets Team Facts

  • The Jets have won seven of their last eight games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Jets have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The 'Under 0.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Jets' last five night games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Jets have lost the third period in four of their last five games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Drew Doughty has recorded at least one point in each of the Kings' last seven games as home favorites against Western Conference opponents.
  • Adrian Kempe has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Kings' last eight games as favorites against Western Conference opponents.
  • Viktor Arvidsson has scored at least one goal in each of his last three home appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Drew Doughty ranks 1st in the Western Conference for time on ice (25:39) this season.

Winnipeg Jets Player Prop Facts

  • Mark Scheifele has recorded a point in seven of the Jets' last eight games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Josh Morrissey has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Vladislav Namestnikov has recorded three hits against the Kings this season - most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • 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.
  • The Los Angeles Kings ranks 3rd in the league for goals per game this season (3.68).
  • The Winnipeg Jets ranks 3rd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.63).
  • The Winnipeg Jets ranks T6th in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (2).

Jets vs Kings Betting Prediction

The Kings comes into this matchup looking to snap their two game losing streak and they will be back at home, after a four game road trip. The Kings last two losses were their first two losses on the road this year, but they are only 5-4-3 on home ice. Both of these teams have started the season playing great defense, but the Kings have been the slightly better team. Winnipeg will be on the second game of a back to back after losing to San Jose last night, but they have allowed two goals or fewer in five straight games. Take the under here. 

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

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