I think more than in any other sport, your bet can look so good and then turn to trash than in the NHL. Case in point Tuesday night, where the Panthers and Kings played to a scoreless 1st period and then the final score of the contest ended up being 5-2 Kings. Then last night The Canucks had an early 2-0 lead, before the Oilers made it 2-2 before I could blink. Edmonton went on to score 2 goals in a matter of 11 seconds. The Canucks held on for a 5-4 win so the bet cashed, but it wasn’t without a sweat. The Oilers actually put the puck in the back of the bet late with around 10 seconds remaining, but the goal didn’t count because it was kicked in. There was a clear kicking motion there, so there wasn’t much controversy surrounding the goal. Although, I won’t lie, for a second I threw my hands up in there and let out a curse word that I won’t mention on here. Not that I need to fill in the blank for you. I needed that win badly to stop the bleeding in the NHL. Let’s try and make it two in a row with a victorious pick Thursday night.
Back to a full skid of action in the NHL with some more options for us on the card. I am going back to L.A. tonight, though, in a pick I probably should have made the other night. As I alluded to above, the Kings pounded the Panthers for a final score of 5-2. Tonight they have their chance against another creampuff opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes. At least on the road, the ‘Canes have been atrocious. Travelling all the way to the west coast to play the Kings shouldn’t help them much. Read below for our Thursday night NHL pick.
Carolina Hurricanes @ L.A. Kings
The Panthers are a team the Kings should have handled easily, and they did, the Hurricanes are a team they should handle easily, and they should. The Kings extracted their strengths on both ends of the ice against the Panthers the other night. They scored a little more than I expected, but as we move forward, the Kings offense should produce. On paper, this Kings team is better than the team that won the first Stanley Cup. They added key components that propelled them to another cup. Mainly speaking of, Gaborik, who is around with the Kings for another season after signing a deal in the offseason. The offense improved drastically, and it is a big reason for why they won the 2nd cup. Still, the Kings have an elite defense, allowing 2.11 goals per game for 5th in the NHL. If the offense comes full-circle, look out. I mean, this is an offense that can erupt some nights, evident against the Panthers, but consistency could turn them into a dynasty. Another championship could do the trick in labeling them that.
A big notion that separates the Hurricanes and Kings, among other things, is the way they operate on the road and at home. The Hurricanes have managed to only beat the Blue Jackets and Stars on the road, a 2-6-0-1 record. Meanwhile, we have a Kings team that is 9-2-0-1 at home. The Hurricanes are losers of 3 out of their last 4 games. For a team averaging 2.39 goals a game and allowing 2.94 per game, it doesn’t make much to come to the conclusion that the Hurricanes aren’t a good team. The ‘Canes are a bad road team, yes, but they are even worse when they play in Los Angeles. The Kings own a 6-1 mark over the Hurricanes in L.A. Look for more of the same tonight. On a two game winning streak, I expect the Kings to take advantage of another inferior opponent, like they did against the Florida Panthers. Take the Kings at -1.5.
Pick – KINGS -1.5 (+144) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)