Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Predators and Kings. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Kings at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. Get ready to place your bets! This Western conference matchup has an over/under of 6 goals, and the Kings are favored to win at home vs. the Predators.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Kings -1.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES KINGS:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Predators winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Predators on the moneyline (+126)
  • The Predators are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Predators Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

On the season, the Predators have gone 24-19-1 and are in 8th place in the Western Conference. In the Central Division, Nashville is in 4th place. On the road, the Predators have gone 11-8-1 this season.

Over their last ten games, the Predators have gone 5-5, and they have gone 3-2 over their last five games. In the last three games, Nashville has gone 2-1.

On the road this season, Nashville has gone 11-9 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin sits at .0 goals per game. So far, the Predators have been the underdog in 27 games, and their puck line record as the underdog is 18-9.

Overall, Nashville has gone 24-20 vs. the puck line, and they have 13 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten games, the Predators have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line, and their puck line record as the underdog is 18-9.

Games involving Nashville have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Predators come in with a record of 20-19-5.

In their last three road games, Nashville has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

On the offensive side, the Predators are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 15th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 12th in the league. The Nashville offense is ranked 12th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 8th in the NHL.

Nashville’s current leading scorer is Filip Forsberg. This season, he has 22 goals, which puts him 14th in the NHL. Forsberg also comes into the game with 26 assists.

The Kings defense is currently 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 9th with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Juuse Saros comes into the game having made 34 starts this season. So far, his record is 17-16 and he has a save percentage of 0.971%.

Will the Kings Find a Way to Win at Home?

With a record of 21-12-8, the Kings are currently 6th in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Pacific Division. They have gone just 1-9 in their last ten games and are 1-4 in their last five.

At home this season, Los Angeles is 7-7-5 and has been favored in 29 of their 41 games. Against Western Conference opponents, they have gone 13-7.

At home this season, the Kings have a puck line record of 8-11, and their average scoring margin is +.1 goals per game. So far, the Kings have 16 wins by multiple goals and 5 wins by just one goal.

Los Angeles has gone just 2-8 against the puck line in their last ten games and 0-3 in their last three home games. Overall, the team’s puck line record is 20-21, and they have been favored in 29 games.

Games involving Los Angeles have an average of 6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Kings come in with a record of 16-24-1.

In their last three road games, Nashville has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

The Kings come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 17th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. The Los Angeles offense is ranked 15th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 7th in the NHL.

Los Angeles will be looking for a good game from Trevor Moore who leads the team in scoring with 20 goals, ranking 22nd in the NHL. Moore also comes into the game with 11 assists.

Los Angeles defense takes on the Predators ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 9th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Cam Talbot comes into the game having made 29 starts this season. So far, his record is 14-11 and he has a save percentage of 0.913%.