Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday, Las Vegas Hockey Odds, NHL Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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LOS ANGELES KINGS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
15-12-2 December 16, 7:00 PM | PPG Paints Arena 20-7-3

When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 16, 2016
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet, TVAS, ROOT (Pittsburgh)

Team/  Live in game Betting at Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Kings +1.5 -200 +150 5.5 +100
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 +170 -170 5.5 -120
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at PPG Paints Arena.

ABOUT THE KINGS (15-12-2): Leading scorer Jeff Carter (14 goals, 24 points) criticized his team after the 6-3 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday, calling it “fragile,” and the Kings responded with a solid effort in Detroit. Los Angeles outshot the Red Wings 31-18 and got 17 saves from Jeff Zatkoff, who may face his former team with fellow goalie Peter Budaj sporting a .859 save percentage this month. Drew Doughty is third on the team with 16 points and fellow defenseman Derek Forbort, a former first-round pick, is beginning to emerge with four points in his last five games.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (20-7-3): Defenseman Kris Letang (lower-body) is expected to miss a few weeks and Pittsburgh recalled former first-round pick Derrick Pouliot to support the blue line. That should give more responsibility to Justin Schultz, who owns five goals in his last eight games, and coach Mike Sullivan told reporters of the improving defenseman, “He’s quietly just playing real effective hockey for us. We’ve been really encouraged with his overall game.” Crosby (21 goals) and Malkin (12) top the team with 33 points and Phil Kessel has contributed 31.

currently has the Penguins listed as 170-moneyline favorites versus the Kings, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging a robust 5.6 goals in December and look to extend their winning streak to eight games when the stingy Los Angeles Kings pay a visit Friday night. Captain Sidney Crosby (nine-game point streak) and fellow forward Evgeni Malkin (16 points, 10 games) lead the way for the Penguins, who have also won six straight at home to take over first place in the loaded Metropolitan Division.

“Our division is insane right now,” Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino told reporters. “It’s nice to get the points now. They’re obviously going to be harder to get as the second half of the season comes around. You want to put teams behind you. You want to be in front and control your destiny, and I think we’ve done a good job of that lately.” The Penguins average a league-best 34.7 shots on goal per game and will be tested by the Kings, who allow a league-low 25.1. The Kings gave up 18 shots in a 4-1 victory over Detroit on Thursday to even their record at 1-1 on their mammoth nine-game road trip. Tyler Toffoli snapped a 10-game goal drought for Los Angeles, recording a pair of tallies to go along with an assist in the victory.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Bruins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -168 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Red Wings. Bettors on Los Angeles at -128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

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Los Angeles:
Team record: 15-12-2 SU
Los Angeles is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Los Angeles is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Los Angeles is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 20-7-3 SU
Current Streak: won 7 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at Boston Sunday, December 18
Pittsburgh at Toronto Saturday, December 17

ICE NEWS
1. The Kings defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 in overtime Nov. 3 after sweeping the two meetings last season.

2. Los Angeles F Dustin Brown recorded his third multi-point game of the season Thursday after notching a pair of assists.

3. The Penguins have converted seven of 16 attempts on the power play the last three contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksBuffalo Sabres will win outright at -160 and the game will go over 5.5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Penguins 5, Kings 2 at .

SMART CHART
LA TEAM PIT
2.69 GOALS 2.99
2.38 GA 2.48
15.91 PP% 18.53
81.40 PK% 84.31
30.14 SHOTS OFF 33.20
27.49 SHOTS DEF 29.68
0.31 GOAL DIFF 0.51
INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
PITTSBURGH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Los Angeles is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
Pittsburgh is 4-7-2 SU in its last 13 games ,when playing at home against Los Angeles
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Kings Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.7 15 2.5 6
Kings Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.7 15 2.9 20
Kings Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.7 14 2.5 6
Kings Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.7 14 2.9 20
Kings Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 2.9 5 2.7 21
Kings Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 2.9 5 2.5 16
Kings Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 2.4 14 2.7 21
Kings Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 2.4 14 2.5 16
Kings Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 11.8 24 82.6 12
Kings Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 11.8 24 78.9 23
Kings Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 22.8 4 82.6 12
Kings Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 22.8 4 78.9 23
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Kings Overall Defense 3.6 1 2.7 9
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Kings Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.7 9
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Kings Overall Defense 3.6 1 2.4 3
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Kings Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.4 3
Penguins Home Scoring vs Kings Road Defense 3.3 2 2.9 11
Penguins Home Scoring vs Kings Road Defense 4.1 1 2.9 11
Penguins Home Scoring vs Kings Road Defense 3.3 2 2.5 6
Penguins Home Scoring vs Kings Road Defense 4.1 1 2.5 6
Penguins Home PP vs Kings Road PK 26.2 3 80.1 18
Penguins Home PP vs Kings Road PK 19.6 15 80.1 18
Penguins Home PP vs Kings Road PK 26.2 3 81.8 16
Penguins Home PP vs Kings Road PK 19.6 15 81.8 16
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles has the best shots against in the league allowing 25.1 per game.
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is the highest scoring team in the league at 3.6 goals per game.
Pittsburgh leads the league in shots with 34.7 per game.
Pittsburgh is third best in the league in power play goals with 0.8 per game.
Pittsburgh has the third worst shots against allowing 32.5 per game.

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