Los Angeles Kings vs Boston Bruins NHL Pick – March 7

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout March 7. Five games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Los Angeles has earned a record of 31-19-7 so far this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Kings have won two games in a row and seven of their last nine. Los Angeles is four points out of the top spot in the Conference, but have played three extra games. The Kings will look to come out quickly in this one.

The Bruins have put up a record of 34-18-4 throughout the season, which has them in fourth place of the Atlantic division. Boston is coming off back to back wins and have won seven of their last eight. The Bruins are two points back on the third spot in the Conference. Boston will look for a fast start at home on Monday night.

These two teams have struggled to open up this season, but will look to bounce back in this one. The Kings have been red hot as of late and will look for a quick start in this one. Boston has been just as hot entering this one. Los Angeles is coming off a win on Sunday afternoon and will look to avoid a slow start. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Kings +1 ½ (-140) +184 Over 5 ½ (-116)
Boston Bruins -1 ½ (+120) -205 Under 5 ½ (+105)

 

Team Data Los Angeles Kings Boston Bruins
Overall Record 31-19-7 34-18-4
Away/ Home Record 17-7-5 16-10-1
Goals Per Game 2.93 3.02
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.90 2.89
Save Percentage .903 .908
Save Percentage Away/ Home .909 .890

Betting Trends

Los Angeles Kings

  • 2-1 in March
  • 6-5 when playing on back to back days
  • 15-13 after non-Conference gamea
  • 20-9 in non-Conference games
  • 2-1 after earning a shutout in their last game
  • 8-9 after a win by two or more goals
  • 13-19 when playing team with a winning record

Boston Bruins

  • 1-1 in March
  • 15-9 in non-Conference games
  • 11-4 after allowing four or more goals
  • 10-8 after scoring four or more goals
  • 4-2 after three straight road games
  • 15-15 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up once this season on February 28 in Los Angeles. Jake DeBrusk scored three goals and an assist. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists, while Erik Haula scored twice. Taylor Hall, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak all had two points. Jeremy Swayman stopped all 34 shots he faced as the Bruins dominated for a 7-0 win.

Special Teams

The Kings have struggled to get going on special teams throughout this season. Los Angeles has scored on 30 of their 174 power play chances, which is a 17.2 percent power play. The Kings have killed off 117 of their opponents 155 power play attempts, which is a 75.5 percent kill rate. Los Angeles is 26th on the power play and 28th on the kill this season.

Boston has been strong on both sides of special teams on the season. The Bruins has capitalized on 39 of their 159 power play opportunities, which is a 24.5 percent success rate. Boston has given up 34 power play goals on 179 penalties against, which is an 81 percent penalty kill. The Bruins are 7th on the man advantage and 11th on the penalty kill.

The Bruins have been much better on the power play and penalty kill entering this matchup. Los Angeles has struggled on both sides of special teams on the season. The Bruins will look to take advantage early in this one with a goal on special teams. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Jonathan Quick to get the start in the crease on Los Angeles in this one. Quick has started in 32 games this season, going 15-11-6 in those matchups. He has posted a .908 save percentage and a GAA of 2.68 in those outings. Quick’s last start was against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He stopped 26 of 29 shots in route to the win,

Jeremy Swayman will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Bruins on Monday night. Swayman has earned a record of 15-7-3 throughout his 25 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .927 and a 2.03 GAA in his starts. Swayman finished with 20 saves on 24 shots in his last start against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Quick has won four of his last five starts. Swayman has won six games in a row entering this matchup. Both goalies will look to remain hot in this one. If either goalie can come out fast, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams find themselves in the mix for a playoff spot entering this game and will look for a big win in this one. The Kings are coming off a big win in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. Boston will look to come out faster against Los Angeles. If the Bruins can use their special teams to their advantage, I think they can earn a win in this one.

BetOnline has Boston listed as a -204 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 67.1 percent of the time. I agree with this line, but there is little value in it. Boston is also listed at -1 ½ for +120, which I think has value. I think the Bruins can dominate early with the extra rest in this one. I really like the value on Boston to cover the spread.

The Bet
Boston Bruins -1.5
+120
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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