Kings vs. Red Wings NHL Pick – December 10th

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<p>The Los Angeles Kings are out east after playing host in LA the last four games. They settled for a split, with their latest game a win over the Vegas Golden Knights. It was one of their best outings of the year, as they dispatched the Knights by a score of 5-1. The Kings and Knights are rivals, but it all feels a bit forced with a team who hasn’t even been around for two years. Drew Doughty helped ignite the rivalry a bit when he said early last season that there was no way the Knights were going to be better than the Kings by the end of the season. </p>
<p>That of course was very false, as the Knights rode their hot streak all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. We’re going to need some more time before that actually feels like a rivalry, though. If the Coyotes were a decent team that would have made for a more believable rivalry. Anyway, with that said, the Kings have not been a decent team this season.</p>
<p>The Kings go into Detroit with a record of 11-18-1. That puts them in a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks for dead last in the league. They’ve fallen way off the wagon after winning Stanley Cups in 2014 and 2012. The 2012 Cup came as a bit of a surprise, as they entered the playoffs as a bottom seed.</p>
<p>They had a target on their backs after that, but still managed to win another championship in 2014. Some of those core players are still in Los Angeles, which is part of the problem with this current team. They’re getting slow and old. Same goes for the team they are tied with, the Blackhawks who enjoyed similar success as them. It’s been difficult for them to keep up with younger teams who have legs with less miles on them. That could work in the Red Wings’ favour tonight in Detroit. Head below for our free Kings vs. Red Wings pick. </p>
<h2 class=L.A. Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick

While the Kings seem to still be hanging on to the past, the Red Wings have already begun the rebuilding process in Detroit. Look for the Kings to be major sellers at the trade deadline. There are still some pieces that might be able to help a playoff team, so they have some bargaining chips despite their horrid start to the year.

The only Red Wings you will find on the roster from when there were better days are Niklas Kronwall and Jimmy Howard. Bertuzzi? No, that is Tyler Bertuzzi, not Todd. He is the nephew of Todd. After Tyler got suspended for punching Matt Calvert on bench, there are certainly some shades of Todd there, though.

The Red Wings have dug themselves out of a hole after starting the season with no wins in their first eight games. Since starting the year at 1-9, the Wings have gone 12-8. Not too bad after getting embarrassed to open the season in October. They recently brought the Lightning to a shootout and beat the Maple Leafs, so there have been some positives to find.

Howard holds a respectable 2.77 GAA and 0.92 save percentage. He is one of the elders on this roster, and may be up for trade consideration at the deadline. Guys like Thomas Vanek, Mike Green, Kronwall, and Howard skews their average age up, but the core of this team is dominated by youngsters like Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, and Tyler Bertuzzi.

I think the Wings have an edge in that department. They should be able to exploit the Kings’ older core. The Kings have averaged just 1.67 goals per game on the road this season, and overall, they’re 31st in the NHL with 2.2 goals per game. No, Seattle isn’t playing yet, so 31st puts them at the very back of the league. Also note that the Wings are 25-7-1 over the Kings in their previous 33 dates in Detroit. The Wings are a good for a spot play here and there,

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