Place NHL Picks on Hosts in Kings vs. Red Wings Tonight

Ross Benjamin

Friday, October 31, 2014 12:22 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 12:22 PM UTC

Take the time to read this NHL handicapping article that culminates with a free pick on the money line for tonight's battle between the Los Angeles Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings. 

Kings in Motown
The Red Wings will host the Kings tonight at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit with a slated start time of 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at 5Dimes, the Kings are at +105 and Red Wings are at -115, and the posted total is 5.0. Detroit won both games versus Los Angeles a season ago. The home team has won 7 of the 8-games between these teams. The Kings have won just 5 of their last 29-games played at Detroit.


Quick Turnaround for the Kings
The Kings come off a 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh last night. They outshot the Penguins 36-23 in the game, but were stymied by the stellar goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury. Martin Jones made a rare start in goal for the Kings as Jonathan Quick was given the night off. The defending Stanley Cup champions are now 0-3 on the road this season, and tonight will be their 3rd away game in the last 4-days. Despite the loss last night, the Kings are 14-4 in their last 18-games versus Eastern Conference opponents.


A Rare Offensive Outburst
The Red Wings are coming off a 4-2 win at Washington on Wednesday. It marked just the 2nd time in their first 9-games in which Detroit scored more than 2-goals, and it matched the Red Wings season high of 4-goals. They’ve now gone over the total in each of their last 3-games. The Red Wings special team units have been polar opposites. They’re converting on a pathetic 8.8% of their power play opportunities. However, they’ve allowed opponents to cash in on a paltry 6.2% of its man advantage situations. Dating back to last season, the Red Wings have gone over the total in just 1 of their last 11 home games.


Final Analysis
The Kings find themselves in one of those rare situations. They’re on the road following an away shutout loss, and are playing with no rest. History isn’t on the Kings side in regards to your NHL picks for today. Since the 2009-2010 season began, any home team, facing an opponent play with no rest, and that opponent comes off an away shutout loss, has gone 41-21 (66.1%) against the money line.

Free Pick:  Red Wings over the Kings

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