Kings to Keep Pace in the Pacific Division Tonight Against Predators

Dana Lane

Saturday, January 6, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

The Predators have dropped six of their last eight games; they’ll face the Kings red-hot power play at the Staples Center starting at 10:30 ET / 7:30 PT

Nashville Predators vs Los Angeles Kings

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Free NHL Pick: Los Angeles Kings -120Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

Winning is one thing, winning when your reasoning is spot on is another.

The Detroit Redwings made us richer yesterday with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers. We talked about routine and how important it is to maintain an anticipated schedule. The Wings grabbed a 2-0 lead before the Panthers clawed back to tie the game but in the end, Detroit came away with the victory on the back of a 38 save effort by Jimmy Howard. We talked about the power play and how that would be an advantage for the Wings. The Panthers did a great job of limiting the Wings man advantages but in the end, Detroit did get a power play, game-winning, goal by Anthony Mantha to give us another winner. Game right, handicapping right.

Tonight, the Nashville Predators take on the Los Angeles Kings in an effort to shake off a stunning 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. The Predators blew a lead with under three minutes to play but that’s not anything new to Nashville. It was the 6th loss this season after holding a lead with less than three minutes to go. That means, of their 17 losses in regulation and/or overtime, six could easily have been wins. We talked about ‘must wins’ on the ‘Ice Guys Show’. You hear handicappers use phrases like ‘have to win’ or ‘motivated to win’. I’m not against using will and motivation in my handicapping but you can’t blindly wager on a team because they’ll “want to win”. The question you have to ask yourself is does the team I’m betting on have the ability to increase the level of their game. Can they impose their will on their opponent? If they can then you’ll answer the question of whether a team has the ability to raise their game. When it comes to Nashville, I’m not sure desire is a trait they can draw from at will. Let’s be honest, they were plenty motivated to rebound, as a -150 favorites on the NHL odds board against Winnipeg a few week ago. In their next game against Carolina, they used that ‘must win’ motivation drop a 4-1 decision to the Hurricanes.

Point is, Peter Laviolette’s team is probably not happy to have dropped the game to the Coyotes but nothing in the past says they can easily avenge these losses. Let’s face it if you want to talk about which team has inspiration on their side, the Los Angeles Kings wake up every morning to see that the Vegas Golden Knights have extended their lead in the Pacific a little more. The Kings now trail Vegas by five points having played one more game.

In order for us to cash our ticket, we must win another special teams battle, except this time the team we’re betting on doesn’t have the advantage. The Kings power play is ranked 21 while Nashville is 11th on the penalty kill. If Los Angeles can find a way to get themselves one goal with the extra attacker, I think we’ll have an easy victory.

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