kings vs blue jackets nhl prediction

NHL LA Kings vs Columbus Blue Prediction 12/5/2023

The Los Angeles Kings (14-4-3) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-14-4) on Tuesday, December 5th. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on BSOH. The Kings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blue Jackets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bruins. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win

For the season, the Kings currently hold an overall record of 14-4-3. On the road, Los Angeles has gone 9-0-0 and they are 5-4-3 at home. Their current record places them 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 4th in the Western conference. This season, Los Angeles has managed to win 11 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing three games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 14-7.

In their most recent game, the Kings hosted the Avalanche and secured a 4-1 victory. During the first period, the Kings started slow, but they turned things around by scoring one time in the second period and three goals in the third. In the game, Los Angeles managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 38 shots on goal and committed 6 turnovers.

Los Angeles secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 5 goals.

The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

So far this season, the Blue Jackets have an overall record of 8-14-4. On the road, Columbus is 2-7-3 and 6-7-1 at home. Their current record places them 8th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 15th in the Eastern conference. Columbus comes in with six wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 16-10.

Coming off a 3-1 loss on the road to the Bruins, the Blue Jackets are hoping to bounce back today. On the offensive front, the Blue Jackets failed to score in the first or third periods against the Bruins, but they found the net one time in the second period. For the game, Columbus’ only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 25 shots on goal vs. Boston.

Entering the game as the underdog, Columbus not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. Combining for 4 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.

Los Angeles Offense Breakdown

For their offensive performance, the Kings come in averaging 3.9 goals per game this season, which is 6th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Kings offense is 19th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the NHL.

The Kings come in with an over/under record of 9-12-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 13 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.2 per game.

Columbus Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 15th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. The Blue Jackets went 2-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-10.

This season, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 13-13-0. Throughout last season, they played 36 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games featured 6.6 goals per game.

Los Angeles Team Defense

The Kings defense is currently 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 26.7 shots per game against Los Angeles. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 7th with 2 shutouts.

Columbus Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 11th in takeaways at 6.5 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.1 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.

Kings vs Blue Jackets Trends

  • In their last three road games, Los Angeles has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 1. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.
  • Across their last five home contests, Columbus has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 7-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
  • As the betting favorite, the Kings have an puck line record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.

Kings vs Blue Jackets Prediction

When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blue Jackets to come out with a win against the Kings while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at +176, I’m placing my bet on the Blue Jackets to win outright.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blue Jackets winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blue Jackets straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

For those assessing the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will stay below that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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