Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/4/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Nashville Predators vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-142) Kings (+129)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (18-15-6, 6th in the Central Division) go to Staples Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Kings (17-21-4, 7th in the Pacific Division). The Predators open this contest at -142 while the Kings are priced at +129. The total is set at 5.5. The Predators cover 44.7% of the time, having gone 17-21 SU. Los Angeles covers 40.5% of the time, going 17-25 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this matchup with a record of 18 wins and 15 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 133 goals which puts them at 4th in the Western Conference and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, which is good for 16th in the NHL. The Predators have a total of 42 points, which puts them at 24th in the NHL and 11th in the conference. With regard to shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,328 which puts them at 6th in the Western Conference and 12th in the NHL. As a team, Nashville has a total of 641 hits which means they are averaging 16.4 per contest. They have a total of 458 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played 1,310 minutes minding the goal this season. Rinne is conceding an average of 3.07 GAA which places him at 24th among West goalies and 46th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this season, he has allowed 67 goals. He holds a save % of .893 which places him at 29th among West goalies.
The Nashville Predators will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 2 defeat to the Dallas Stars the last time they stepped on the ice. The Predators had a below average offensive performance in the loss. While out there on the ice, they scored on 2 out of the 33 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 4 power play attempts and netted 2 goals out of those chances. Nashville racked up a total of 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 54 and the Corsi against was 51 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 51.4%. Their Fenwick was 38 while the Fenwick against sat at 41, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 48.1%. They took 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 51.7% and they had a PDO of 92.9 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Dallas Stars racked up a total of 35 shots. They finished with a total of 21 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Kings will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the year they have 17 victories and 21 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 13th in the conference and 27th in the league with -22. They have compiled a total of 109 goals for this year which has them sitting at 14th in the conference. Los Angeles has a save % as a team of .890 which has them 29th in the league, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.7% ranking them 15th in the West. In goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a tough campaign by giving up 3.05 GAA and that ranks him 22nd in the West and 42nd in the NHL. In the 1,672 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 85 goals. He holds a save % of .894, which ranks him 26th in the West and 55th in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings faced the Philadelphia Flyers in a game where the Kings ended up with the victory by a mark of 5 - 3. In this matchup, Los Angeles went home with a 44.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 36 while the opposition had a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 38.7% by notching a Fenwick of 24 and the Flyers having a 38 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Los Angeles had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 98.9 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 39.3%. The Kings converted 5 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and were able to net 3 out of those chances. As for their opponent, the Flyers had 3 power play opportunities and were able to tally 1 goal. Los Angeles conceded 35 shots on goal and the Flyers earned 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (-142)
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