Free NHL Picks: Bet Kings To Take Down Boston In Lucic's Return

Dana Lane

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:25 PM GMT

The fifth ranked Los Angeles Kings (31-17-3 65 pts) travel cross country to face the seventh ranked Boston Bruins (28-18-6 62 pts) according to my power rankings. Let's review the NHL odds now!

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NHL Pick: Kings -110
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Kings vs. Bruins
The Grammys have kicked the Kings out of Staples Center but the Kings won't mind. They own the third best road record at 16-7-2 and the second best in the West second to San Jose (17-8-2). Let's review the trends and latest NHL odds first.

Many were not happy when the Boston Bruins traded away Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings and that may include Lucic himself. Milan was everything that you would expect from a Bruin. He made the Bruins tough again. With his contract close to expiring the Bruins decided to go in another direction. Tuesday will be the first time Lucic has played in Boston since the trade and I'm sure he is focused on making a point to the Bruins organization. 

The whole team should have a little more focus as well. Head Coach Darryl Sutter has had some extended practices to get the team back to basic before leaving for Boston. The Kings seemed to lose a little focus with their compact schedule as of late. Goaltender Coach, Bill Ranford, a former Bruin, finally had some time to work with Jonathan Quick and Jhonas Enroth. Consider the reset button pressed. 

Boston will go on a six game road trip after this game where they may be more comfortable. This season Boston is only 12-13-3 at home. It's just a matter of the younger players trying to do to much in front of the home town fans. They appear much more comfortable on the road where they are 16-5-3. The Bruins have not won consecutive home games in almost two months while the Kings have won seven of nine on the road since Christmas averaging over 3.5 goals per game during that stretch. 

The Bruins power plays are starting to become a concern due to their recent two for 29 streak. 

Right now the most pressing need is a third defensemen that can move the puck and play a chunk of minutes for Boston.  The Adam McQuaid injury has depleted their defense even more. 

Rumors are that they also might be in the market for another forward to play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Who ever they bring in they need to bring that Bruin playoff nasty attitude that seems to be non existent now. With so many rumored moves it has to be at least a small distraction. These players know if they're likely to be traded that weighs on a team. You may be able to cover it up against the lower level teams but it will be hard to mask against a team of Los Angeles' caliber. It appears the Kings resemble what the Bruins used to be. 

For the most part the Kings won't make any major moves except the rumor that they may make a run at Keith Yandle to play with their third defensive pairing. A move like that will ensure their defensive depth starting with the best defensemen in the league, Drew Doughty who has the be the leading Norris Trophy candidate. I'm going to back a more settled, more focused team. Consider Los Angeles your NHL pick.