Kings vs Devils Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/8/2020
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+122) Devils (-135)
Prudential Center is the site where MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (19-24-10, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Los Angeles Kings (19-31-5, 8th in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. The odds on this contest have the Kings priced at +122 and the Devils are at -135. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Kings cover 34.6% of the time, having gone 19-36 SU. The Devils cover 32.0% of the time, going 16-34 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings head into this game holding a record of 19 wins and 31 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 136 goals which ranks 14th in the Western Conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -38, putting them at 29th in the league. The Kings have compiled a total of 43 pts, which ranks 30th in the league and 15th in the Western Conference. In the matter of shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,855 which ranks 2nd in the West and 3rd in the league. As a team, Los Angeles currently has a total of 1,094 hits which means they have an average of 19.9 per contest. They have compiled a total of 589 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has totaled 2,085 minutes defending the goal for the season. Quick is giving up an average of 3.05 GAA which puts him at 29th in the West and 51st among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he's allowed 106 goals. He holds a save percentage of .894 which puts him at 30th in the West.
The Los Angeles Kings had a rough game after their 5 - 3 loss to the New York Islanders in their last contest. The Kings played like an average offensive team in the defeat. In this outing, they scored on 3 out of the 25 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Los Angeles racked up a total of 9 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Kings was 57 and the Corsi against was 53 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 51.8%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against was 40, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 48.1%. They won 21 face-off wins and lost 27 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 53.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.9 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Islanders racked up a total of 33 shots. They finished with a total of 11 penalty mins and they tallied 1 power play opportunity.
The Devils will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 19 victories and 24 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league with -41. They have compiled a total of 143 goals for the season which has them at 15th in the East. New Jersey has a team save percentage of .892 which currently has them sitting 29th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which puts them at 14th in the conference. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a bad campaign by allowing 2.92 goals per contest and that ranks him 21st among East goaltenders and 42nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,138 minutes he has been on the ice, he has given up 104 goals. He holds a save % of .908, which has him sitting 18th among East goaltenders and 39th in the NHL among goalies.
The New Jersey Devils faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers in a matchup where the Devils earned a victory by a mark of 5 - 0. For this game, New Jersey earned a 25.9% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 21 while their opponent had a Corsi of 60. Their Fenwick rate came in at 22.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 13 and the Flyers having earned a 45 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New Jersey had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO of 127.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 25.9%. The Devils scored 5 goals out of the 19 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Flyers had 4 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. New Jersey allowed 46 shots on goal and the Flyers earned 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (-135)
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