LA Kings vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Kings vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction 2/18/2024

The Los Angeles Kings (26-16-10) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-20-7) on Sunday, February 18th. This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 6:00 ET.

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The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win

As the seventh-place team in the Western Conference, the Kings have a record of 26-16-10 through 52 games. In the Pacific Division, they are fourth with a record of 7-5. On the road, Los Angeles has gone 17-7-4 this season, including a two-game winning streak.

So far this year, the Kings have been the underdog in 16 of their games. As the underdog, they have gone 9-4-3 and have won three straight games when not favored. In their last ten games, Los Angeles has gone 5-5, and they have won two straight games overall.

Los Angeles comes into this game with a puck line record of 24-28 and their average scoring differential is at +.4 goals per game. So far, the Kings have had 18 wins by multiple goals and have lost 11 games by more than one goal.

On the road, the Kings have a puck line record of 15-13, and their average scoring margin is at +.6 goals per game. In their last ten road games, LA’s puck line record is at 5-5.

The Kings recently played against the Bruins and secured a win with a score of 5-4. Against the Bruins, the Kings’ offense scored in all three periods. Of Los Angeles’ five goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 35 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.

Los Angeles was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 5.5 goals set for the game.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Penguins are 13-9-3, and they have been favored in 33 of their 51 games. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 12th place, and they have gone 6-7 against Metropolitan Division opponents. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 4-6.

For the season, Pittsburgh has a record of 24-20-7, and they have 55 points. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Penguins have gone 12-17. Over their last five games, Pittsburgh has gone 2-3, and they have lost two straight games when they have been the underdog.

When favored, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 13-20, and they have 17 wins by multiple goals. They have an average scoring margin of +.3 goals per game, and their overall puck line record is 25-26.

So far this season, the Penguins have 12 wins at home by more than one goal, and their average scoring margin at home is +.3 goals per game. In their last ten home games, their puck line record is 5-5.

In their most recent matchup, the Penguins played against the Blackhawks and won with a score of 4-1. After scoring two goals in the first period, the Penguins found the net two times in the 3rd period against the Blackhawks. The Pittsburgh offense recorded 27 shots on goal and successfully netted one time while short-handed during the game.

Pittsburgh also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 5.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.

Los Angeles Offense Breakdown

Offensively, the Kings come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 18th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 6th position in the league. This year, the Kings have recorded a 17-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 7-2 record.

The Kings’ over/under record this season is 21-29-2. For the season, they have had 24 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.

Penguins Offense Breakdown

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On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 27th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target 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.

The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 18-30-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 26 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.6 per game.

Los Angeles Team Defense

Los Angeles defense takes on the Penguins ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.1 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 6th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Pittsburgh Team Defense

Defensively, the Penguins are currently 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.9 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 7 shutouts.

Kings vs Penguins Trends

  • The Kings are 3-2 puck line in their last road games and 3-2 straight-up.
  • In their last five home games, Pittsburgh has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-2 while going 3-2 vs. the spread.
  • Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Penguins have a strong record vs the puck line going 4-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-4.
  • As the betting favorite, the Kings have an puck line mark of just 1-4 in their last five games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 1-4 in these matchups.

Kings vs Penguins Prediction

When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Penguins to come out with a win against the Kings while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at -125, I’m placing my bet on the Penguins to win outright.

If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Kings to cover. Even in the event of a Penguins victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Kings should cover the puck line.

With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.

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