Free NHL Picks On the Total for Kings vs. Penguins

Ross Benjamin

Friday, October 31, 2014 2:05 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 2:05 PM GMT

The Penguins and Kings go at it tonight in Pittsburgh, and our NHL betting odds consultant provided us with a betting preview article on this game. Join us in reading this intriguing sports handicapping analysis which includes a NHL free pick.

Battle of NHL Power Teams
The Penguins entertain the Kings today at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh with the opening puck drop slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at Bovada, the Penguins are a -150 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. These teams met twice a season ago, and the visitor skated away with a win in each of those games.

 

Time to Start another Win Streak
The Kings had their 6-game winning streak come to an end in Philadelphia on Monday. However, they continue to be one of the stingiest teams in the NHL by allowing just 1.7 goals per game so far. The stellar defensive play starts in the crease with Jonathan Quick, who has compiled a stellar .950 save percentage in 8-starts. The Kings have seen just 2 of their first 9-games go over the total. Los Angeles will be seeking their first road win of the season tonight after losing their only other two away tilts. The Kings have allowed just 2-goals in 9-games during the 3rd period this year.

 

Dynamic Offensive Machine
The Pittsburgh Penguins have lit the lamp with consistent regularity this season by averaging a robust 4.1 goals per game. Their power play has been off the charts, going 13-for-32 (40.6%) in man advantage situations. Pittsburgh has been a quick starting team in the early going, outscoring opponents by a wide 24-12 margin in the first two periods of games this season.

 

Final Analysis
The Kings are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Flyers, and the Penguins last game resulted in an 8-3 blowout win over New Jersey. The combination of those two results creates an extremely profitable NHL totals betting system, and I’m going to use that edge when making my NHL picks for today. During the past 5-seasons, any road team that’s coming off a 1-goal loss, versus an opponent that scored 6-goals or more in their previous game, has seen 25 of those 31-games (80.6%) go under the total.

Free NHL Pick: Kings/Penguins to go under the total of 5.5 at 5Dimes

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