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New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings,
3-17-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#5 New Jersey
Devils 5.5
#6 Los Angeles
Kings -150

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4:05pm

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Game Stats

New Jersey Devils

36 - 34

36-34
ATS
34-34
O/U
3
PPG
3
OPPG

Los Angeles Kings

39 - 32

39-32
ATS
32-36
O/U
2
PPG
2
OPPG

New Jersey Devils (36-26-4-4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (39-26-5-1)

When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 17, 2018

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

After scoring eight goals past Vegas, the New Jersey Devils (5th in Metropolitan Division) will be full of confidence to perform in Los Angeles as well, facing off against the hosting Kings (3rd in Pacific).

Devils Clobber Vegas

The current six-game road trip of the New Jersey Devils (36-26-8) went a perfect 2-0-0 after the first two contests, giving the team three wins in its past four outings (3-1-0) after an incredible 8-3 drubbing of the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. The Devils scored two snipes apiece in the first two periods, adding another four in the final third, as 14 different players notched at least a point, with Blake Coleman (9 goals, 19 points this year) lighting the lamp on two occasions. After the win, New Jersey has moved itself in the 2nd Wild Card spot of the Eastern Conference, trailing the Philadelphia Flyers for the 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division by a single point and with a game in hand.

Goalie Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves and has now gone 8-2-0 in his past 10 contests with a 2.36 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He is 18-9-2 for the whole current campaign so far with a 2.95 GAA and a .906 save percentage and has posted a 2-0-0 career total versus Los Angeles with an incredible 0.37 GAA and a .984 save percentage. Cory Schneider (17-14-6 on the year with a 2.81 GAA and a .912 save percentage), meanwhile, has gone 5-4-0 against the Kings in previous meetings with a 2.05 GAA and a .923 save percentage. The Devils are 13th in most goals scored per game (2.96), 14th in most goals allowed on average (2.96), 15th in power play (20.8%) and 8th in penalty kill (82.4%).

Kings Better Detroit

The Los Angeles Kings (39-26-6) won for the second time in the past three games (2-0-1) and for the sixth in their last nine (6-2-1) after outclassing the Detroit Red Wings with a score of 4-1 at Staples Center on Thursday. Defenseman Paul LaDue (4 points this year) opened the scoring in the first period with his third marker of the year. Anze Kopitar (29 goals, 80 points) bagged the winning snipe in the third frame and collected three assists. Drew Doughty (9 goals, 51 points) also notched a trio of helpers, while Tyler Toffoli (42 points) and Dustin Brown (48 points) picked up their 23rd and 21st strikes of the season respectively.

Goalie Jonathan Quick was in top form, making a total of 20 saves to take his current performance status to 28-25-2 for the season with a 2.41 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has posted a 4-3-2 past total against the New Jersey Devils with a 2.40 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The Kings, meanwhile, are scoring the 16th highest number of goals per game (2.89), while giving up the 2nd lowest amount on the defensive end (2.49). They are 16th in power play (20.3%), 2nd best in penalty kill (83.8%), and are sitting 3rd in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks, trailing the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights by one and 11 points respectively.

Trends

New Jersey

  • Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
  • Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 road games.

Los Angeles

  • Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games.

Both teams have had their ups and downs lately, but as far as current form goes, you have to give credit to the Devils, who managed to beat the Predators in Nashville with a 3-2 shootout decision on Saturday and followed it with an even more unbelievable result four days later, thrashing the Vegas Golden Knights 8-3 in Sin City. They definitely have got what it takes to beat the Kings in L.A., where they have already celebrated four victories on the past five regular-season visits. They also have been quite productive on Saturdays (4-1), while the Kings, quite alarmingly, haven’t (1-4).

Pick: New Jersey Devils

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