Take Red-Hot Kings -175 As Our NHL Pick Over Red Wings

Bruce Webster

Monday, January 11, 2016 1:07 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 1:07 PM UTC

The Detroit Red Wings will continue their six-game road trip on Monday night with a Western Conference matchup versus the L.A. Kings at the Staples Center. Check our NHL pick here.

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NHL Pick: Los Angeles -175
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Resurgent Wings’ Penalty Kills Fuels Win Streak
The Detroit Red Wings have waived goodbye to former first-round pick Jakob Kindl on Saturday. After being a healthy scratch for four straight games, the team decided to place the defenseman on waivers. With the trade deadline right around the corner, the rumor mill is starting to heat up around the NHL. Dan Campbell of The Hockey News believes that the Tampa Bay Lightning will orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal with the Detroit Red Wings, sending Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Drouin in exchange for a package centered around sniper Gustav Nyquist and a pair of pending restricted free agents in Riley Shean and Alexey Marchenko. Heading into Sunday’s contest in Anaheim, the Red Wings had killed off 5 consecutive power plays over a two game stretch.


Kings’ Trade Pays Immediate Dividends
The L.A. Kings suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but managed to notch a point for the seventh time in their last eight games (6-1-1). The Kings’ offensive system places plenty of emphasis on the center position. In need of a defenseman, L.A. recently acquired Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier from the Philadelphia Flyers. While Schenn is expected to play a shutdown stay-at-home role, Lecavalier will provide veteran leadership and depth in the center of the ice. The Kings closed the weekend in 1st place in the Pacific Division standings, with a nine-point lead over the 2nd-place Coyotes. Let's check the latest team trends & NHL odds.


Detroit Trends
5-11 in their last 16 Monday games
2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600

Los Angeles Trends
8-2 in their last 10 home games
6-2 in their last 8 overall
21-9 in their last 30 vs. Eastern Conference


Betting Analysis
The home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings between these two teams. The Kings are relatively hot right now, having won six of their last eight games. With Detroit playing on the second night of a back-to-back, I’m going to be leaning towards L.A. as the NHL pick in this game at the Staples Center on Monday night.

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