Kings vs Kraken Prediction - NHL Picks 12/16/23

Seattle Kraken (10-14-7) vs Los Angeles Kings (16-6-4)

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Climate Pledge Arena)

Betting Odds: Seattle Kraken +130 / Los Angeles Kings -156 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings will play the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. Los Angeles comes into this game on a three game losing streak, while Seattle has won two games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kings vs Kraken prediction. 

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 16-6-4 this year after they lost to Winnipeg by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Los Angeles led 2-0 after the first period, but they allowed the next five goals in the loss. The Kings out shot Winnipeg by a total of 34-29 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. LA has also lost to the Rangers and Islanders during this losing streak, but they did win the five games prior to that. The Kings are scoring 3.62 goals per game and they are allowing 2.42 goals against per game, while going 20.9% on the power play and 88% on the penalty kill. Anze Kopitar has led the Kings with 11 goals, 15 assists, and 53 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Los Angeles is Cam Talbot, who is 12-5-2 this year with a 2.03 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.

Kraken Preview

The Seattle Kraken are 10-14-7 this season after they defeated Chicago by a score of 7-1 in their last game. Seattle led 2-1 in the second period and they were able to score the next five goals in the blowout win. The Kraken out shot Chicago by a total of 29-22 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Seattle defeated Florida by a score of 4-0 in the game prior to Chicago, but they lost the previous eight games. The Kraken are scoring 2.71 goals per game and they are allowing 3.19 goals against per game, while going 20.8% on the power play and 77.9% on the penalty kill. Vince Dunn has led the Kraken with four goals, 20 assists, and 64 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Seattle is Joey Daccord, who is 5-5-6 this season with a 2.62 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. 

Seattle Kraken Team Facts

  • The Kraken have lost each of their last 10 games as home underdogs following a win.
  • The Kraken have failed to cover the puck line in 13 of their last 14 games as home underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Kraken have lost the first period in seven of their last eight games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Kraken's last seven Saturday at Climate Pledge Arena.

Los Angeles Kings Team Facts

  • The Kings have won five of their last six night games following a home loss.
  • The Kings have covered the puck line in four of their last five games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Kings have won the second period in each of their last three games at Climate Pledge Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Kings' last six games against Pacific Division opponents.

Seattle Kraken Player Prop Facts

  • Jared McCann has scored at least one goal in three of the Kraken's last four games as underdogs against the Kings.
  • Jordan Eberle has recorded at least one point in each of the Kraken's last four games as underdogs against the Kings.
  • Vince Dunn has recorded an assist in four of the Kraken's last five home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Ryker Evans has the highest Plus/Minus for the Kraken this season (+4).

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Phillip Danault has scored at least one goal in three of the Kings' last four night games at Climate Pledge Arena.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Kevin Fiala has recorded at least one assist in six of his last seven appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Drew Doughty ranks 1st in the Western Conference for time on ice (25:41) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Seattle Kraken are one of only five teams to lose 10+ games when tied or leading after Period 1 this season.
  • The Seattle Kraken ranks 28th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.77).
  • 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 (3.62).

Kings vs Kraken Betting Prediction

These two teams come into this matchup with vastly different records, but they are trending in opposite directions. LA is one of the better teams in the West and they are 11-1-1 on the road this year, but they have lost three games in a row and have only scored five goals in those games. Seattle is towards the bottom of the Pacific Division, but they have won two games in a row. This is an interesting game to me, but I am going to still side with the Kings. They are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL and Seattle really struggles to score. Take Los Angeles here. 

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

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