St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings 12/18/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/17/2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center in Los Angeles
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In a re-match of a Tuesday night affair, the St. Louis Blues will take to the ice against the Los Angeles Kings. On Tuesday, the Blues scored four third period goals to down Los Angeles. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings are 15-11-6, tied with Calgary for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. St. Louis has been battling with Chicago and Nashville atop the Central Division. The Blues have won four in a row and are 21-8-2 overall.
The Los Angeles Kings are scoring 2.6 goals per game and allowing 2.3. The Kings leading scorer has been Tyler Toffoli with 23 points. On Tuesday, Los Angeles saw Marian Gaborik sneak the puck past Jake Allen twice in the first period. The Kings then got just one shot in the third period, which resulted in the onslaught. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick is 12-8-5 on the season and allowing 2.24 goals per game.
For the Blues, Allen moved to 11-3-1 on the season. The Blues young goaltender is 20-7-1 with a 2.46 goals against average. The Blues top scorer has been Vladimir Tarasenko. The russian scored three goals on Tuesday night, and now has 20 on the season. Tarasenko also has 16 assists as well. St. Louis is scoring 2.9 goals per game, and allowing 2.3, which both sit within the Top 10 of the league.
St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
St. Louis Blues are 21-10-0 Against the Spread
St. Louis Blues are 13-7-0 against the Over/Under
Los Angeles Kings Betting Trends
Los Angeles Kings are 15-17-0 Against the Spread
Los Angeles Kings are 12-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Blues
12/17/14 RW T.J. Oshie Personal is upgraded to probable Thursday vs. Los Angeles
12/10/14 D Carl Gunnarsson Hip out indefinitely
11/25/14 GO Brian Elliott Knee out indefinitely
Los Angeles Kings
11/01/14 D Andrew Bodnarchuk Knee out indefinitely
10/20/14 D Slava Voynov Suspension out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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