St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings 10/16/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 10/15/2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center in Los Angeles
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On Thursday night, the St. Louis Blues will attempt to start their first winning streak of the season when they face the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings were able to win two of their three games against the Blues last year.
Last Saturday, the Blues opened up to an early 4-0 lead over the Calgary Flames and easily picked up a 4-1 home win. They put 39 shots on goal in that win and they scored on two of their five power play opportunities.
The Blues have given up two goals per game, which is eighth-best in the NHL, and they are 11th in the league with an 88.9 power play percentage. Center Paul Stastny is the team leader in points with four, while defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has three assists and is a plus-2 through two games. Goaltender Brian Elliott is 1-1-0 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.02 GAA.
The Kings scored three first-period goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night and ended up beating them 6-1 on home ice. They were 1-for-3 on their power play chances and they also had a shorthanded goal in the win.
The Kings have scored three goals per game this season while giving up 2.3 goals per game. Left wing Tanner Pearson has been great for the Kings and now leads the team in goals (4) and points (6). Goaltender Jonathan Quick is now 1-1-1 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.91 GAA.
St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
St. Louis Blues are 1-1-0 Against the Spread
St. Louis Blues are 0-0-0 against the Over/Under
Los Angeles Kings Betting Trends
Los Angeles Kings are 2-2-0 Against the Spread
Los Angeles Kings are 1-1-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Blues
10/11/14 C Patrik Berglund Upper Body "?" Thursday vs LA Kings
10/06/14 D Carl Gunnarsson Hip out indefinitely
Los Angeles Kings
10/15/14 C Trevor Lewis Upper Body is downgraded to out indefinitely
10/14/14 D Jake Muzzin Upper Body "?" Thursday vs St Louis
10/14/14 RW Marian Gaborik Lower Body out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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