NHL Picks: LA Kings vs. Red Wings

David Schwab

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:32 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 3:32 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Kings will wrap-up a quick two-game trip road trip this Wednesday night with a stop at Joe Louis Arena to square off against the Detroit Red Wings. The game is slated to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Kings Betting Overview

The Kings had already clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference but last night’s 2-1 loss to Minnesota as 106 favorites on the road did little to help their chances to secure the fourth seed and home ice advantage in the first round. Los Angeles is now tied with San Jose with 57 points and just one point ahead of St. Louis. It was just its second loss in the last six games and the total has stayed UNDER in three of its last five games.

Scoring has not really been an issue for the Kings this season with an average of 2.8 goals a game, but they have failed to eclipse that number in six of their last seven games. Fortunately the defense has picked up the slack by holding opponents to an average of 2.3 goals during this stretch of games which is even better than a season-long 2.4 goals-against-average that is ranked seventh in the league. Jonathan Bernier got the start against the Wild so look for Jonathan Quick to be back in goal in this one. He has a GAA of 2.44 and a .901 save percentage in 35 previous games.

Red Wings Betting Overview

Detroit is coming off a 4-0 shutout of Phoenix this past Monday night as a 150 home favorite that not only snapped a two-game skid but also moved it just one point out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. With just two games left on their regular season schedule after Wednesday’s clash with the Kings, the Red Wings will probably need to win out to guarantee themselves a place in the postseason.

Consistency continues to be an issue for Detroit with a 4-3-3 record in its last 10 games. During this stretch it has scored fewer than three goals in six of the contests and Monday night’s four-goal outburst were the most this team has scored in its last 14 games. Overall the Red Wings are ranked 20th in the NHL in scoring with an average of 2.5 goals a game. The main thing keeping them in the playoff chase is a stout defense that boasts a GAA of 2.4. Jimmy Howard continues to get the majority of the starts in goal and should be between the pipes for this game as well. He comes in with a GAA of 2.22 and a .921 save percentage in 39 previous outings.

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Kings vs. Red Wings- NHL Betting Odds and Trends 

The NHL odds makers at BetOnline first opened Los Angeles as a 119 road underdog on the money line with the Red Wings listed as 131 home favorites. The total for this game has been set at 5. 

The Kings are 17-5 in their last 22 games against teams from the Central Division and 5-2 in their last seven games playing on zero day’s rest. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five Central Division games. 

The Red Wings are 5-1 in their last six games playing on one day’s rest but just 9-24 in their last 33 games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in 18 of their last 28 home games. 

Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team has won the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in three of the last five games. Los Angeles is just 5-21-1 in its last 27 road games against the Red Wings.

Kings vs. Red Wings- Free NHL Pick 

The road weary Kings face a quick turnaround after playing in Minnesota on Tuesday night against a team that has played its best hockey this season on its home ice and is in desperate need of a win. This contest has an excellent chance of staying UNDER the five goal total, but the free NHL pick remains with Detroit doing just enough to get a much-needed two points in the standings. 

Detroit 2    Los Angeles 1  (lines provided by BetOnline) 

YTD NHL Free Picks Record: 28-16-2

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