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The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the opening face-off slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -125 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. Pittsburgh has defeated Los Angles in 6 of their last 7 meetings. Pittsburgh is in 1st place in the Metropolitan Division, and 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles is 3rd in the Pacific Division, and 6th overall in the Western Conference.
Kings of the Road
The Los Angeles Kings enter tonight's contest at Pittsburgh winners of 7 road games in a row. Tonight will be their 3rd road game in the last 4-days, and they're coming off a 5-4 overtime shootout win at Washington on Tuesday. The Kings have gone under the total in all 10-games this season after allowing 4-goals or more in their previous game. They've gone over the total in just 8 of 37 road games this season. The Kings have also gone under the total in 17 of 18-games this season after going over the total in their previous 1 or more games. The average combined goals scored in those 18-games were 3.7.
The Penguins enter tonight having lost their previous 2-games with both of those coming at home. They may feel like someone has intruded the friendly confides of the Consol Energy Center considering that even with those recent losses, they're still a superb 26-9 versus the money this season on home ice. Tonight will be the finale of a 4-game in 6-day home stand for the Penguins. Besides the recent mini-funk at home, the Penguins have lost 5 of their last 7 overall. Pittsburgh has gone under the total in all 6-games this season after losing 4 or 5 of their last 6-games. The Penguins have also gone 10-1 at home this season after their previous 2 or more games went under the total.
NHL Betting System
Any road team playing their 3rd game in the last 4-days , and they've won 4 or more games in a row, has seen 52 of those 79-games (65.8%) go under the total in the last 5 seasons.
Free Pick: Kings/Penguins to go under the total of 5.0