Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Staples Center will be the site for a Western Conference tilt as the Los Angeles Kings welcome the visiting Nashville Predators. Fox Sports West will broadcast the matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 4.

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings Odds

The Kings are 10-3 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 7.3 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 39-43 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 13 games this season, six have gone over the total, while another six have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 5-1 SU at home this year. Los Angeles has converted on 19.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 91.5 percent of all penalties. As a collective unit, Los Angeles has been whistled for penalties 4.0 times per game this season, a number that’s up a bit from the 3.7 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 9.2 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 8.4 minutes per outing this season. Boasting a .939 save percentage and 31.0 saves per game, Jonathan Quick (eight wins, three losses, and one OT loss) has been the primary option in goal for the Kings this season. If head coach John Stevens decides to give him the night off, however, the team could go with Darcy Kuemper (2-1-1 record, .929 save percentage, 1.92 goals against average). Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown will each lead the offensive attack for the Kings. Kopitar (15 points) has produced seven goals and eight assists and has recorded multiple points in four different games this year. Brown has six goals and seven assists to his name and has recorded a point in six contests. Earning -3 units for bettors taking the moneyline, Nashville is 5-7 straight up (SU) overall this year. Through 12 regular season contests, eight of its games have gone under the total, while four have gone over and none have pushed. Nashville’s 2-5 SU as the visiting team this season. Nashville has scored on 22.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all opponent power plays. Nashville’s skaters have been penalized 6.7 times per game this season, a number that has climbed noticeably from the 4.0 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 10.6 penalty minutes per game a year ago (fourth-most in the league), the team has had to kill penalties for a noteworthy 16.8 minutes per matchup this season. Pekka Rinne (.931 save percentage and 2.10 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville. Rinne is averaging 28.4 saves per game and has five wins, four losses, and two overtime losses to his credit. Filip Forsberg (eight goals, five assists) will lead the attack for the visiting Predators.

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings Betting Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under

Betting Trends:

  • The total has gone under in three of Los Angeles’ last five games.
  • Nashville has managed 27.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Los Angeles has been attempting 34.4 shots per game over its last five at home.