Los Angeles Kings (39-27-6) vs Minnesota Wild (41-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 19th at 8:00 p.m. @ Xcel Energy Center
Line: Wild -147
Over/ Under: 5
LOS ANGELES KINGS VS MINNESOTA WILD FREE NHL PICK
Over their last 7 games, the Los Angeles Kings have gone 3-4 losing to the New Jersey Devils 3-0 at home on Saturday night. The Kings were able to put 38 shots on net during the game, but Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid held them scoreless in a miraculous performance. The Kings are led by Anze Kopitar who has 29 goals on the year. Tyler Toffoli is the second leading scorer for Los Angeles with 23, and Dustin Brown has netted 21 pucks this year. Stanley Cup winning goalie Jonathan Quick will be in net for the Kings and is 11-11 with a 2.49 GAA vs the Minnesota Wild. On the year, Quick is 28-28 with a .922 save percentage. Where the Kings struggle is on the offensive end, only scoring 2.85 goals per game ranking them 16th in the NHL. On the power-play the Kings rank 19th in the NHL with a 19.7% conversion rate. However, the Kings rank 2nd on defense only allowing 2.5 goals per game. On the defensive end the Kings have to best penalty kill in the entire NHL only allowing goals on 15.9% of power-plays. The Kings currently sit in 5th place in the Western Conference and are in an extremely tight race to make the playoffs.
The Minnesota Wild are looking to capture their 3rd win in a row following their victory over Arizona 3-1 on Saturday night. Nino Niederreiter struck first for the Wild with Marcus Foligno scoring second in 3rd period. Eric Staal scored an empty-net goal with 28 seconds left to secure the win for Minnesota. Goal-tender Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots in the victory making his season long record 31-19 and his GAA 2.61. Against the Kings, Dubnyk has gone 7-6 with a 2.42 GAA. The Wild rank 11th in the league in scoring with 3.07 goals per game and 13th in goals allowed with a GAA of 2.83. The Minnesota Wild seem to have firmly cemented themselves a spot in the playoffs, but look to take a statement win at home tonight.
Trends by CTS 365:
Los Angeles Kings
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles’s last 6 games
Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
MINNESOTA WILD VS LOS ANGELES KINGS FREE NHL PICK
When looking at this game, the most shocking number is the total of five. In Hockey, that is about as low as a total will ever get and I still think that this game will go under. Dubynk has played great in net for the Wild all year long, and Jonathan Quick is a force to be reckoned with as always. The Kings struggled to score against the Devils in their last outing, and the Wild struggled for most of the game against Arizona. The number is quite low but still take the under. Wild 3 Kings 1 is my final score prediction.
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