NHL Picks: Blues vs. Kings

David Lawrence

Monday, December 2, 2013 1:24 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 1:24 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Kings have dominated the St. Louis Blues at home. They’ve won eight straight home meetings between the teams but the problem is they’ve lost three straight in their own confines. One of those streaks will end on Monday.

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The St. Louis Blues can win because…

The Kings are coming off home losses to Calgary, Colorado and New Jersey. The Blues are as good or better than all three of those teams, which means they should be able to get the win here.

Not only have the Kings struggled at home recently, they’ve struggled overall. They have just one win in five games and once again, their offense is to blame. The Kings have scored just seven goals in that span. The Blues are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL as their 57 goals allowed are second-best in the Western Conference. This is a good matchup for them, so add St. Louis to your sports picks.

The Los Angeles Kings can win because…

The Blues don’t play well in Los Angeles. For whatever reason – probably because it’s a road trip to the West Coast – the Blues have lost eight straight at the Staples Center. As good as Jaroslav Halak has been overall this season, he’s just 6-4-0 in his last 10 versus the Kings.

Although the Kings have lost three in a row at home, they were 8-3-0 at home before that. Staples Center is a tough place to play and it should be the difference in this one.

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Outlook & Pick

The Blues are -101 on the NHL odds at Pinnacle, which means I’ll be taking a shot with them. They’re the better team right now (won five of six) and they haven’t lost back-to-back regulation games this season (coming off a 6-3 loss to San Jose on Saturday). The Kings are struggling, they’re without goaltender Jonathan Quick and their offense is sputtering. Take the Blues with your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Blues -101 at Pinnacle

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