NHL Picks: Bet the Total for Maple Leafs vs. Kings

David Lawrence

Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:55 PM GMT

The Toronto Maple Leafs west coast trek continues as they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. They’ll be in a tight spot, playing their fourth game in six nights – all against quality opponents. Can they stand up to the red-hot Kings?

The Toronto Maple Leafs Can Win Because…

They’ve won three of four and have a bit of momentum on their side. Sure, the loss in San Jose on Tuesday was a bit ugly (6-2) but that was on a back-to-back after beating Anaheim the night before. That’s about as tough of a turnaround as you’ll get in the NHL. The Leafs gave Jonathan Bernier the night off in that contest but he should be back between the pipes on Thursday, facing his former team. The Leafs had plenty of success with Bernier in net as they’ve won 12 of the last 17 games he’s started.

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The Los Angeles Kings Can Win Because…

They are the hottest team in the NHL right now. The Kings have been very rewarding on the NHL odds of late as they’ve won eight straight. Their goaltending and defense have been airtight as they’ve allowed just 12 goals in that span while their offense has finally woken up. To see the Kings play good defense is not surprising; they’ve allowed the fewest goals in the NHL (139). What has been surprising has been their scoring as they’ve tallied 25 goals in their last eight (3.6 goals per game). When they’re lighting it up like that, they are going to be Stanley Cup contenders.

Toronto is not a good defensive team as they give up 3.12 goals per game on the road, which is the sixth-most in the NHL. That’s the main reason why you should add the Kings with your NHL picks here.

Outlook & Pick

The Kings will probably win this game but the juice is too high. Instead, I’ll go with the under. With Bernier back in town, he’ll be looking to put on a show while the Kings always get good goaltending. With quality netminding on each side, we should see a low scoring affair.

Pick: Under 5.5 at BetMarathon

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