NHL Picks: Capper Predicts Kings To Rule The Roost Against Senators

Bruce Webster

Monday, December 14, 2015 1:08 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 1:08 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Kings face the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Find out the best NHL picks for this matchup and increase profits. 

Los Angeles Kings (19-8-1-1 SU, 9-20 PL, 6-11-12 OU) vs Ottawa Senators (15-10-2-3 SU, 12-18 PL, 14-16 OU)
Lines: Los Angeles -130/ Ottawa +116
Total: 5.5
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Free NHL Pick: Los Angeles -115
Best Odds Offered By Heritage

 

The Los Angeles Kings come in off a tough 2-1 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres, which broke their six game win streak, while the Ottawa Senators have now lost three of their last four games, following their 3-1 road loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Let's review what NHL odds makers have for us.

 

Win Streak Broken With Loss at Buffalo
The Los Angeles Kings went to their game vs Buffalo on Saturday in what was a potential trap spot and it played out that as they took a 2-1 loss in the game vs one of the worst teams in the East. The Kings had won six in a row, but were playing with no rest and coming off a tough OT game vs Pittsburgh. It was not the ideal spot for them and it showed in their lackluster play as they were outshot 30-21 and also lost the faceoff battle in the game as well. Also they never got a power play chance, while the Sabres cashed in on one of their two chances. They were just thoroughly outplayed by a team that is 7th in the Atlantic Division.

Scoring the lone goal for the Kings was Marian Gaborik, who actually gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at the time. It was his 6th of the year. Taking the loss in the game was Jhonas Enroth, who is now 3-2 with a 1.31 GAA n the year. Jonathan Quick will get the start in this one and is 16-8 on the year with a 2.16 GAA, while vs the Senators he has gone 5-2 with a 2.01 GAA. The Kings check in as a below average offensive team, ranking 20th in scoring (2.5 gpg) and 21st in power play conversions, despite the fact that they are 1st in the league in shots taken (32.6 spg). On defense they have been very strong ranking 1st in the league in goals allowed (2.1 gpg) and 7th in penalty kill (84.0).  

 

Ottawa’s Offense Struggling on Road Trip
The Ottawa Senators have not had many scoring issues this year, but on this trip they have, as they have now scored just one goal in three of their last four games. They did score four goals in their win over Florida, but just three goals in their other three games on the trip. Their last game was at Montreal, which they lost by a 3-1 score. Scoring the lone goal for the Sens was Jean-Gabriel Pageau, which was his 8th goal of the year and 2nd in his last three games. As a team the Senators are still 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.0 gpg, while also ranking 9th in power play conversions (20.9%).

Taking the loss for the Senators was Craig Anderson, who allowed all three goals in the game before being replaced by Chris Driedger in the 2nd period. Anderson is now 13-12 on the year with a 2.83 GAA. He may not get the start in this game as he is just 1-11 with a 3.82 GAA in his career vs the Kings. The Senators have not been a good defensive team this year as they come in ranked 24th in goals allowed, giving up 2.9 gpg and 24th in penalty kill (78.2%)

 

Trends for Los Angeles:
5-1 in their last six after allowing two goals or less in their previous game
12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings in the series

 

Trends for Ottawa:
2-5 in their last seven Monday games
 

The King are the better team and should get back on track after a bad loss to the Sabres on Saturday. Ottawa is home off a four game road trip and have had issues scoring of late. I just can’t see them coming up with enough goals to win this game vs an angry LA squad that has the much better goalie. Keep that in mind for your NHL picks.

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