Los Angeles Kings vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 3/9/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Altitude Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+130) Avalanche (-154)
The Colorado Avalanche (35-21-6) will take on the Los Angeles Kings (37-20-8) at Ball Arena on Thursday. The odds on this game have Los Angeles at +130 while Colorado is opening at -154. The total has been set at 6.
The Los Angeles Kings were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-2 victory against the Capitals their last time out. Los Angeles accumulated 10 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Kings had a good offensive outing in the victory. Additionally, they had 5 opportunities with more players on the ice but didn't net one. For the outing, they converted 4 of the 41 shots they attempted.
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While playing at even strength, the Kings let the opposition score 163 goals while scoring 162 as an offensive unit. Los Angeles Kings opponents have tallied 221 power play opportunities (7th in professional hockey) and have come away with 53 goals in those attempts. When discussing their scoring, the Los Angeles Kings have racked up 216 goals (9th in the league) over the course of the season and have given up 216. Los Angeles has taken 2,110 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.2%. For the current season, they have accumulated 82 points and their points % is .631. The Kings have seen 1,831 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .882. Los Angeles has tallied 219 power play chances and they have added 54 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 24.66%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Pheonix Copley. Copley has played in 60 games over the course of his pro hockey career. He has accumulated a mark of 36-13-5 and he has gotten the start in 54 games. The opposition has scored 160 goals versus Copley in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.88. Copley has had 1,596 shots taken against him and has accrued 1,436 total saves. His save percentage is at .900 during his 3,339 minutes in the crease. Over the course of his career, Copley has 30 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .556.
The last time they were on the ice, Colorado faced off against the Sharks in a game where the Avalanche notched a victory by a score of 6-0. They had 5 chances on the power play in this one and notched 1 out of those chances. The Avalanche tallied 6 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they were seeking.
During this campaign, the Colorado Avalanche have earned a total of 197 goals, 76 points, in addition to a points percentage of .613. They have permitted 171 goals to be scored by way of 130 goals at even strength and 41 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Avalanche have tallied 152 goals at even strength and 45 goals (12th in the league) while having a power play advantage. They have recorded 197 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 22.84%. Colorado has attempted 2,064 shots (11th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.54%, while allowing their opponents 1,975 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 78.76% on their opponents 193 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.3%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Alexandar Georgiev defending the net. He has a tally of 4,721 stops out of the 5,180 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .911. Georgiev is sitting with a lifetime record of 85-61-16 and has played in 174 games. He has started in 162 games and his ice time sits at 9,674 minutes. Georgiev's percentage of quality starts comes out to 54.9% and he has made 89 quality starts in his professional career. Opponents are averaging 2.85 goals per contest and he has given up 459 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-154)
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