Free Hockey Picks for Wild vs. Kings

Jordan Sharp

Monday, March 31, 2014 1:46 PM GMT

The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings are both likely heading to the playoffs but both need to improve their standing. This is a matchup of two teams who are at opposite ends of the spectrum these days, so the pick should be fairly straightforward.

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The Minnesota Wild Can Win Because…
The Kings are a streaky team. Yes, they’ve won six straight overall but they’re actually just 3-3 in their last six at home. Those three losses would have been very costly to you if you invested in the Kings on the NHL odds in those matchups.

These teams play close games. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by exactly one goal with three of the games going to a shootout. This is more of a coin toss than you might think.

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The Los Angeles Kings Can Win Because…
They’re hot again with six straight wins. The Kings had a brief three-game slide in the middle of March but aside from that have now won 14 of 17. This is a team that nobody wants to face come playoff time as they are playing airtight hockey. They have allowed just 32 goals in their last 17, which boils down to 1.88 per game.

The Wild are pretty sloppy these days with nine losses in their last 13 games. They are playing very uninspiring hockey and it’s mostly because their goaltending has been horrible. They’ve given up 3.00 goals per game over their last 13 and that’s why you should take the Kings with your NHL picks. They have a huge edge in net.

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Outlook & Pick
The Kings are laying quite a bit on the moneyline, so I’ll take a shot with the puck line. The Kings are on fire right now while the Wild are lackadaisical. That should result in a 3-1 or 4-1 type of win for the Kings.

Hockey Pick: Kings -1.5 +180.