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Penguins a Hot Bet at Home in December

Crosby Malkin Penguins

Tonight it Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby and the Penguins will host the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Kings who are winners in five straight games. The Pens are on a minor slide as of late, winning just two of their last six games, but going back to last season, they’ve been a dominant home team in December, posting a 13-2 record.

Shark Bites
  • Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last five games when playing on the road vs Pittsburgh.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of Los Angeles's last six games when playing on the road vs Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home.

Pittsburgh has had Los Angeles’ number in recent years, going 8-3 in their last 11 games against them, but the Kings got the better of the Pens just last week, beating them 5-3 in Los Angeles. In their two previous games last season, Pittsburgh shut the Kings out by scores of 1-0 and 3-0.

OVER/UNDER bettors take note—the total has gone UNDER in 13 of the Penguins’ last 14 games when playing on one day’s rest.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Los Angeles Kings in this one, they Kings listed earlier today as underdogs of -103 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.3 win for the Kings on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins currently sport a record of 15-10-2. The Los Angeles Kings are 18-8-1. Betting totals have seen the Penguins post a 9-15-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Kings have gone 6-10-11 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Kings - Penguins odds would favor the Kings if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 25-ranked offense (2.41 goals per game) against a Los Angeles Kings defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.11 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 16.48% rate while the Kings have a 84.16% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Los Angeles at -133 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

Pittsburgh was a 4-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Avalanche. They won as -123 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Los Angeles
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Buffalo, Saturday, December 12th
Pittsburgh home to Washington, Monday, December 14th

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