NHL Picks: Bet Kings -140 To Continue Dominating Series vs Stars

Bruce Webster

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 3:59 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 3:59 PM GMT

The Dallas Stars will be trying to end a three-game losing streak when they visit the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. Who will be our NHL pick tonight?

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NHL Pick: Kings -140
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

The Stars not Aligned
Since the calendar changed from 2015 to 2016, the Stars are 1-4-2 with 3.71 goals allowed per game. In fact, they have fallen so far that they appear to be in the business of moral victories.

“We did better tonight,” center Jason Spezza said after his team lost to San Jose 4-3 in overtime this past Saturday. “Even some of the mistakes we made were harder-working mistakes. Sometimes when you go through a stretch like we went through, you’ve got to crawl before you can walk. It’s hard to get that first win and get back on track.”

Dallas had previously lost consecutive games in regulation, so it at least managed to take one point against the Sharks. Top two scorers Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin appear to be getting back on track. Benn had two assists at San Jose’s expense and has four points in three games after going without one in four straight. Seguin had a goal and an assist after being limited to just a single goal in his previous six.

 

Vinny and the Kings
The Kings traded with Philadelphia for veteran Vincent Lecavalier earlier this month. Lecavalier had been a healthy scratch for much of the season with the Flyers, but he scored in his second straight game for L.A. in last weekend’s 3-2 win at Anaheim and he has three points in five outings with his new team. Los Angeles is 3-1-1 with him in the lineup.

“After something good happens, your confidence builds and you hold the puck a little longer, you make better decisions and I think I want to …build on that,” Lecavalier commented. “I still have to get better. But every game is high-tempo and it’s a great hockey game. So it’s a lot of fun, for sure.”

Top scorer Tyler Toffoli has scored in his last three games, while Anze Kopitar is on a four-game point streak (three goals and five assists during this stretch).

“I think just getting pucks down low,” Toffoli said of Kopitar’s run. “He’s so good at holding onto pucks and kind of draws more attention to him, sometimes two guys, which makes it easier for me when I can kind of find a little bit of open ice and he’ll find that little soft spot and give me the puck.” Let's check the latest trends and NHL odds first.

 

Dallas Trends
1-6 in their last seven overall
0-7 in their last seven road games
0-4 in their last four games against the Pacific Division

Los Angeles Trends
8-3 in their last 11 overall
9-3 in their last 12 home games
15-5 in their last 20 games against the Western Conference

 

Betting Analysis
Dallas is in a significant slump, especially by its lofty standards. The Kings have been up-and-down of late, but the addition of Lecavalier is clearly helping. L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick has posted a 1.69 goals-against average and .938 save percentage over an 8-1-1 span. Dallas net-minder Antti Niemi has a 3.75 GAA and a .878 save percentage over an 0-2-2 stretch. The Stars are 1-6 in their last seven overall, 0-7 in their last seven on the road, and 0-4 in their last four against the Pacific Division. As for the Kings, they are 8-3 in their last 11 overall, 9-3 in their last 12 at home, 15-5 in their last 20 against the Western Conference, and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Central Division. Look for those trends to continue. Take Kings as the smart NHL pick tonight.

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