Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 3/9/2020
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-113) Kings (+102)
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings (27-35-6, 8th in the Pacific Division) play the Colorado Avalanche (40-19-8, 2nd in the Central Division) at Staples Center on Monday, March 9, 2020. The Avalanche open this matchup at -113 while the Kings are priced at +102. The O/U is set at 6. The Avalanche are covering 59.1% of the time, having gone 39-27 SU. Los Angeles is covering 38.8% of the time, going 26-41 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game holding a record of 40 victories and 19 losses, putting them at 2nd in the Central Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 228 goals which is 1st in the Western Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +46, putting them at 3rd in the league. The Avalanche have a total of 88 points, which is 6th in the league and 2nd in the conference. When talking about shots on goal, they have a total of 2,183 which is 5th in the Western Conference and 11th in the league. As a unit, Colorado has collected a total of 1,146 hits which means they are averaging 17.1 per contest. They have a total of 814 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Colorado is Pavel Francouz from Plzen, Czechoslovakia. He is 29 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,733 minutes defending the goal this season. Francouz is allowing 2.39 goals per game which has him ranking 4th in the Western Conference and 9th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he's surrendered 69 goals. He has a save % of .924 which has him ranking 3rd in the Western Conference.
The Colorado Avalanche will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 3 defeat against the Vancouver Canucks in their last contest. The Avalanche had a middle of the road offensive performance in this defeat. For this outing, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 32 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't net one. Colorado racked up 10 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Avalanche sat at 69 and the Corsi against was 47 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 59.5%. Their Fenwick was 50 while the Fenwick against was 30, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 62.5%. They earned 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost 29 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 58.2% and they had a PDO of 83.8 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied a total of 25 shots. They ended the game with 10 minutes in the box and they notched 3 power play opportunities.
The Kings will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they have 27 victories and 35 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are currently sitting 13th in the West and 26th in the league with -35. They currently have a total of 171 goals for the year which has them at 15th in the West. Los Angeles has a save % as a team of .899 which has them sitting 27th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 7.6% which puts them at 15th in the West. In goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a marginal season by giving up 2.83 goals per game and that has him ranked 19th among Western Conference goaltenders and 37th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,456 mins he has been on the ice, he's surrendered 116 goals. He has a save percentage of .903, which places him at 27th among Western Conference goaltenders and 51st among goalies in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings faced the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Kings ended up with the victory by a final of 7 - 3. While out there on the ice, Los Angeles went home with a 48.4% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 44 and the other team having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage was 48.5% by earning a Fenwick of 33 and the Wild ending the game with a 35 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Los Angeles played and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 111.1 and their oZS percentage was 29.4%. The Kings scored 7 goals of the 35 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this outing but were not able to net one. Concerning their opponent, the Wild had 3 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. Los Angeles gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Wild had 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-113)
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