The Kings and Penguins are set to face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Penguins will host the game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Penguins are favored by -1.5 vs. the Kings.

LOS ANGELES KINGS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 6:00 ET on Sunday, February 18th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • With the Penguins being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Penguins.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Kings (+1.5)

Does Los Angeles Have a Shot at a Road Win?

On the season, the Kings have gone 26-16-10 and are in 7th place in the Western Conference. Against teams from the West, Los Angeles has gone 15-11. On the road, the Kings have gone 17-7-4, including a 2-game win streak.

As the underdog, the Kings have gone 9-4-3 this season and have won 3 straight games when not favored. In their last 10 games, Los Angeles has gone 5-5, while their record over their last 5 games is 4-1.

Los Angeles comes into the game with a puck line record of 24-28 and they have gone 4-1 vs. the puck line in their last five games. The Kings have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten road games and they are 15-13 vs. the puck line on the road for the year. Overall, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game, and they have 18 wins by more than one goal.

As the underdog, the Kings have gone 12-4 vs. the puck line, and they have gone 3-0 vs. the puck line in their last three games as the underdog. Los Angeles has gone 2-1 vs. the puck line in their last three road games, and they have gone 12-24 vs. the puck line when favored. In their last ten games, the Kings have gone just 4-6 vs. the puck line.

On average, Los Angeles’ games have finished with 5.9 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Kings come in with an over/under record of 21-29-2.

The Kings are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.

The Kings come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 18th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 6th in the league. The Los Angeles offense is ranked 16th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 6th in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Los Angeles’ offense is Trevor Moore. Coming into the game he has 21 goals, ranking 39th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 15 assists so far.

The Penguins defense is currently 25th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.9 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Cam Talbot gets the start and has made 31 starts this season. His record at this point is 14-13, and his save percentage is 0.811%.

Can Pittsburgh Pull Off a Home Win?

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 13-9-3 and have been favored in 33 of their 51 games. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is currently 12th and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone just 4-6 and have lost two straight games as the underdog.

Overall this season, the Penguins have a record of 24-20-7 and have 55 points. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Pittsburgh has gone 12-17. Over their last five games, the Penguins have gone 2-3, and they are 1-2 in their last three games.

On the season, the Penguins have gone 25-26 against the puck line, including going 12-13 at home. So far, they have 17 wins by multiple goals and 13 losses by more than one goal.

Over their last ten games at home, Pittsburgh has gone 5-5 against the puck line and 3-2 in their previous five. Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is +.3 goals per game, and they have been favored in 33 of their 58 games.

On average, Pittsburgh’s games have finished with 5.6 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.3. In total, the Penguins come in with an over/under record of 18-30-3.

Los Angeles has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 27th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 13th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Penguins offense is 26th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 21st in the NHL.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 30 goals, ranking 9th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Crosby has 24 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.9 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 7 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry comes into the game having made 34 starts this season. So far, his record is 14-16 and he has a save percentage of 0.83%.