Philadelphia Flyers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/31/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (-130) Kings (+118)
Staples Center is the site where Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings (16-21-4, 8th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Philadelphia Flyers (22-12-5, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) on Tuesday. The Kings open this matchup at +118 while the Flyers are coming in at -130. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Flyers cover 51.4% of the time, having gone 18-17 SU. Los Angeles covers 39.0% of the time, going 16-25 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into this game holding a record of 22 wins and 12 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 120 goals which is good for 10th in the Eastern Conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +12, which is good for 9th in the league. The Flyers have compiled a total of 49 pts, which is good for 7th in the league and 5th in the conference. In discussing shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,246 which is good for 8th in the conference and 15th in the league. As a group, Philadelphia has collected a total of 734 hits which means they have an average of 18.8 per game. They have compiled a total of 398 blocks for this year. The goaltender for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has played a total of 1,407 mins protecting the net for the season. Hart is conceding an average of 2.43 GAA which puts him at 7th among East goalies and 13th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has allowed 57 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .910 which puts him at 14th among East goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a good night with a 2 - 1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in their last game. The Flyers had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the victory. For this game, they earned a goal on 2 of the 35 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Philadelphia ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Flyers was 58 and the Corsi against was 46 giving them a Corsi percentage of 55.8%. Their Fenwick was 46 while the Fenwick against sat at 35, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 56.8%. They won 31 face-off wins and were beaten on 18 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 46.0% and they had a PDO of 101.9 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Anaheim Ducks racked up a total of 28 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they notched 4 power play opportunities.
The Kings will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 16 victories and 21 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are ranked 14th in the conference and 28th in the NHL with -24. They currently have a total of 104 goals for the year which is 14th in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has a team save % of .889 which currently has them ranked 28th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.5% putting them at 15th in the Western Conference. In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a tough year by allowing 3.05 goals per game and that has him 23rd among West goalies and 44th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,612 minutes he has played, he's surrendered 82 goals. His save % is .893, which has him placed 28th among West goalies and 56th among goalies in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings played the Vancouver Canucks in an outing where the Kings went home in defeat by a score of 3 - 2. For this outing, Los Angeles wound up with a 69.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 83 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 36. Their Fenwick rate came in at 67.5% by earning a Fenwick of 56 and the Canucks having earned a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO was 91.9 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 66.7%. The Kings netted 2 goals of the 51 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. As for their opponent, the Canucks had 1 power play chance but didn't tally a goal. Los Angeles gave up 26 shots on goal and the Canucks earned a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-130)
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