The Nashville Predators (24-19-1) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (21-12-8) on Thursday, January 18th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN+. Both the Predators and Kings will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Predators vs Kings
The Nashville Predators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
So far this season, Nashville has gone 24-19-1, putting them in 4th place in the Central Division and 8th in the Western Conference. On the road, the Predators have gone 11-8-1, and they have been the underdog in 27 of their 44 games.
In their last ten games, Nashville has gone 5-5, and they have won two straight games when they have been the underdog. Against teams from the Western Conference, the Predators have gone 12-14, and they have gone 14-12-1 when they have been the underdog this season.
On the season, the Predators have a puck line record of 24-20, including going 6-4 in their last ten games. So far, Nashville has been the underdog in 27 games and has a puck line record of 18-9 in those contests.
This year, the Predators have 13 wins by multiple goals compared to 11 wins by just one goal. In their last ten road games, Nashville has gone 6-4 against the puck line.
In their most recent game, the Predators fell to the Golden Knights on the road by a score of 4-1. On the offensive front, the Predators failed to score in the first or third periods against the Golden Knights, but they found the net one time in the second period. Nashville’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 35 shots on goal in total.
Entering the game as the underdog, Nashville not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Kings have gone 7-7-5, and they are 15-9-5 overall when favored. In the Western Conference, Los Angeles is 6th with a record of 21-12-8.
Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone just 1-9, and they have dropped their last four games overall. Against other teams in the Western Conference, Los Angeles is 13-7 this season.
Los Angeles enters the game with a puck line record of 20-21 and an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. The Kings have gone just 2-8 against the puck line in their last 10 games and have an overall puck line record of 11-18 when favored.
So far this season, the Kings have 16 wins by multiple goals and have gone 8-11 against the puck line at home. In their last 10 games at home, the Kings have a puck line mark of 4-6.
Following a 5-1 loss on the road to the Stars, the Kings are eager to bounce back. The Kings offense struggled in the first and third periods versus the Stars, but they did score one time in the second period. The team’s one goal occurred during a power play, and they managed to take 32 shots on goal while also having 6 giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Los Angeles not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. With a combined total of 6 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
Nashville Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Predators have an average of 3.1 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 15th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 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.
So far, the Predators have an over/under record of 20-19-5. Coming into the game, they have played 19 games that went beyond the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.3 goals per game.
Kings Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Kings come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 17th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. So far this year, the Kings are 14-10 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Kings come in with an over/under record of 16-24-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 20 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Nashville Team Defense
The Predators defense is currently 13th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Nashville. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 12th with 2 shutouts.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Defensively, the Kings come into the season ranked 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. For the season, they are ranked 9th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Predators vs Kings Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Predators offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Nashville posted an overall record of 7-3 while going 6-4 ATS.
- In their last five games at home, the Kings have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Kings have a strong record vs the puck line going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-2.
- Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Nashville has an puck line mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Predators to secure a victory over the Kings on the road. With the moneyline currently set at +126, I’m locking in my bet on the Predators straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Predators winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Predators straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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