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Penguins Undefeated Since Return of Crosby

Matt Murray and the Penguins absolutely rolled the Ducks last night and will head northwest today to take on a floundering Kings squad at the Staples Center. LA has now been shut out in three straight games and is not likely to find any answers against a Pens side that has won four in a row.

SHARK BITES
  • The visiting team is 5-2 in its last 7 games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Kings' last 5 games.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has a .940 save percentage against the Kings in 10 career starts.

This is not the marquee matchup it has been over the past few years. The Penguins are in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference while the Kings are struggling to stay above water in a division that is by far the worst in hockey. Peter Budaj has actually been holding his own between the pipes for LA but if his team doesn’t score any goals for him, it’s tough to win.

Since Sidney Crosby returned from the concussion he suffered in the preseason, he has six points and Pittsburgh is undefeated, averaging 4.25 goals a game. The Penguins have one of the most efficient offenses in the league when their captain is playing to capacity and he’s certainly doing that now.

Pittsburgh can be grabbed at close to plus money right now on the moneyline and I even think there’s some value on their puckline. With LA struggling to find the twine, it feels like the Kings’ sixth straight UNDER is looming.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

NHL Hockey odds makers at Bovada had the Los Angeles Kings as -111 moneyline in this betting matchup. Those over under betting saw the line open at 5 at BetOnline.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.9-1.6 result in favor of the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Kings sport a record of 4-6-0 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Penguins sit at 7-2-1 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-6 for the Kings and 5-2-3 for the Penguins. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Penguins - Kings odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 17 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 2 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 13.79% while the Penguins defense kills off 78.05% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-1 winner on the road against the Ducks. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -147 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Ducks on November 01. Bettors who backed the Ducks at +111 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at San Jose, Saturday, November 5th
Los Angeles home to Calgary, Saturday, November 5th

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