Los Angeles Kings vs. Boston Bruins - 12/17/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Boston Bruins
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+203) Bruins (-227)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (21-7-6, 1st in the Atlantic Division) play the Los Angeles Kings (14-18-3, 8th in the Pacific Division) at TD Garden on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The moneyline on this contest has the Kings coming in at +203 and the Bruins are at -227. The total opens at 5.5. The Kings cover 40.0% of the time, having gone 14-21 SU. Boston is covering 61.8% of the time, going 21-13 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings step onto the ice holding a record of 14 victories and 18 losses, which is good for 8th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 90 goals which has them sitting at 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -20, which is good for 28th in the NHL. The Kings currently have a total of 31 pts, which has them sitting at 27th in the NHL and 15th in the conference. With reference to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,192 which has them sitting at 2nd in the Western Conference and 2nd in the NHL. As a unit, Los Angeles has collected a total of 698 hits which has them averaging 19.9 per contest. They currently have a total of 390 blocks for the season. The man in net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has played 1,372 minutes minding the goal for the season. Quick is giving up 3.06 goals per game which has him placed 25th in the West and 49th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 70 goals. He has a save percentage of .891 which has him placed 31st in the West.
The Los Angeles Kings will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in their last contest. The Kings had a solid offensive outing in this victory. While out there on the ice, they converted 4 of the 32 shots they tried. In addition, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Los Angeles ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Kings was 47 and the Corsi against was 33 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 58.8%. Their Fenwick was 36 and the Fenwick against sat at 25, which means they earned a rate of 59.0%. They took 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 17 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 104.8 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Detroit Red Wings racked up 24 shots. They finished with 6 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play attempts.
The Bruins are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 21 wins and 7 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL with +33. They currently have a total of 115 goals for this season which has them at 2nd in the conference. Boston has a team save % of .922 which currently has them sitting 4th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.7% which is good for 4th in the East. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an average season by allowing 2.24 goals per contest and that ranks him 6th among East goaltenders and 8th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,207 minutes he's played this season, he's surrendered 45 goals. He's earned a save % of .926, which has him placed 6th among East goaltenders and 11th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Boston Bruins played the Florida Panthers in an outing where the Bruins notched a victory by a score of 4 - 2. For this game, Boston earned a 46.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 52 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 60. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 48.2% with a Fenwick of 40 and the Panthers earning a 43 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Boston had and they showed up in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 102.9 and they had an oZS percentage of 31.8%. The Bruins scored 4 goals of the 42 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this game and converted 1 out of those chances. In discussing the opposition, the Panthers had 3 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. Boston allowed 33 shots on goal and the Panthers earned 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+203)
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