Washington Capitals vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/4/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Washington Capitals vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-145) Kings (+131)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (19-4-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) head to Staples Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Kings (11-15-2, 8th in the Pacific Division). The Kings open this game at +131 while the Capitals are priced at -145. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Capitals cover 64.0% of the time, having gone 16-9 SU. Los Angeles is covering 39.3% of the time, going 11-17 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this matchup with a record of 19 wins and 4 losses, putting them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 101 goals which puts them at 1st in the East and 1st in the league. Their goal differential is +20, putting them at 3rd in the league. The Capitals have compiled a total of 43 points, which puts them at 2nd in the league and 2nd in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 884 which puts them at 6th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the league. As a group, Washington has a total of 517 hits which has them averaging 18.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 300 blocks for this season. The man looking after the goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,174 minutes protecting the net this season. Holtby is giving up an average of 2.86 goals against average which has him placed 12th among East goaltenders and 28th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he's surrendered 56 goals. He has a save percentage of .909 which has him placed 11th among East goaltenders.
The Washington Capitals were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings the last time they stepped on the ice. The Capitals had a solid offensive output in the victory. In this matchup, they finished 5 out of the 34 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. Washington racked up 8 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 30 and the Corsi against was 37 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 44.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 20 and the Fenwick against sat at 27, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.6%. They took 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 46.7% and they had a PDO of 115.8 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Detroit Red Wings tallied a total of 27 shots. They had a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned 4 power play chances.
The Kings will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 11 wins and 15 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they sit 15th in the West and 29th in the league with -21. They currently have a total of 72 goals for the season which is good for 14th in the conference. Los Angeles has a save % as a team of .882 which currently has them sitting 30th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 7.4% putting them at 15th in the conference. In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a tough campaign by surrendering 3.36 GAA and that has him ranked 25th in the Western Conference and 46th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,070 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 60 goals. His save percentage is .882, which places him at 27th in the Western Conference and 51st among goalies in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings went up against the Anaheim Ducks in a matchup where the Kings were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 4 - 2. For this matchup, Los Angeles went home with a 57.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 53 while their opponent had a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick rate was 63.6% with a Fenwick of 42 and the Ducks having a 24 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO at even strength of 91.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 67.7%. The Kings scored 2 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Ducks had 1 power play chance and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Los Angeles gave way to 20 shots on goal and the Ducks earned a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+131)
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