A pair of teams that’ve underperformed this year, the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils meet at the Prudential Center. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, and you’ll be able to see this cross-country matchup live on Fox Sports West.
Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be New Jersey (-145), whereas Los Angeles is an underdog offering moneyline odds of +125. If you want to put some action on the matchup’s Over/Under (O/U) total, you’ll be looking at -105 to bet over 6 goals and +-115 for under 6 under..
The Devils are 19-34 straight up (SU) and have spited moneyline bettors to the tune of -10.2 units so far. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from what the team posted during last year’s regular season (31-51). Through 53 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 7-19 SU at home this year.
New Jersey’s converted on just 16.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.1 percent of all penalties.
As a team, New Jersey has been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over its last five outings home outings. The team has had to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per game over its last five outings, overall.
Sporting a .908 save percentage and 26.9 saves per game, MacKenzie Blackwood (16 wins, 22 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the principal option in goal for the Devils this year. If head coach Alain Nasreddine decides to rest him, however, the Devils could roll with Louis Domingue (3-10-10 record, .886 save percentage, 3.59 goals against average).
The Devils will continue relying on offensive production from Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier. Palmieri (35 points) has produced 19 goals and 16 assists and has recorded two or more points on six different occasions this year. Hischier has 13 goals and 19 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 25 games.
Los Angeles has lost 11.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 19-36 straight up (SU). Through 55 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just four have pushed. As the road team so far, Los Angeles is 8-23 SU.
Los Angeles has converted on just 17.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all penalties.
Los Angeles’ skaters have been whistled for penalties only 3.1 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 4.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Quick (.894 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick is averaging 25.5 saves per game and owns an 11-24-3 record.
For the visiting Kings, the offense will run through Anze Kopitar, who has 30 assists and 17 goals this season.
Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over
Extra-man opportunities may have a key role in tonight’s game. The Kings are 6-14 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 15-29 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total. The Devils are 8-15 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 11-18 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Three of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-2 in those games and 3-6 overall in shootouts this season.
New Jersey has averaged 5.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 6.9 takeaways per game (ranked 21st in the league).
Los Angeles has managed just 2.0 goals per game, while giving up 4.0, over its three-game losing streak.
Los Angeles skaters have averaged 5.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 5.3 takeaways per game (ranked 30th in the league).