Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings Betting Pick
Minnesota comes into this game having won five straight games, and this team looks ready to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild have now picked up 61 points on the year, which has them in third place in the very tough West Division.
This has been another disappointing season for the Los Angeles Kings, and they will not be making the playoffs in the West Division. Los Angeles has just 40 points on the season, and they are currently in 7th place in the division.
The Minnesota Wild are the betting favorites at -172 over the Los Angeles Kings.
Minnesota Cruising to Victories
Not only have the Minnesota Wild won five straight games, but they have been dominating opponents along the way. The Wild have outscored their last five opponents, 22-9, and this could be another chance to add to those impressive numbers.
Minnesota is scoring 3.11 goals per game while allowing just 2.6 goals per game. The Wild have not been extremely successful on the power play, but they have one of the best penalty kill units in the NHL.
Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild with 19 goals and 38 total points, and he has emerged as one of the best offensive players in the league.
Kings Can’t Stop Opponents
The Los Angeles Kings struggle in a number of areas, but giving up too many goals has been the biggest issue. Los Angeles is giving up 2.95 goals per game, but they have been allowing more than that of late.
The Kings have had great success on special teams this season, and that could allow them to pull off this upset. Los Angeles is scoring 21 percent of the time on the power play while killing off 84 percent of their own penalties.
Center Anze Kopitar leads the way with 34 assists and 44 points, and he will look to spark the offense on Friday night.
Wild Win in Convincing Fashion
Minnesota just continues to be one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season, and they have been doing everything well lately. The Wild are getting offense from several different players on this roster, and this should be another big game on offense.
The Kings have shown the ability to score goals as well, but they just can’t slow down opponents. Los Angeles will give Minnesota a battle for the first two periods, but they just won’t be able to keep up.
The Kings are always a tough team to beat on their home ice, but they just don’t have enough talent to knock off the red-hot Wild. Bet the Minnesota Wild -1.5 to beat the Los Angeles Kings by at least two goals in this West Division showdown on Friday night.
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