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The Los Angeles Kings return home from a three-game road trip tonight as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tone's Takes breaks down the game.

Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction: Can the Kings Coast Tonight?

Los Angeles went 1-2 on their recent road trip, ending it on a sour note as they were decimated by Colorado, 9-3 on Wednesday night. The Kings have now lost four of five and are in desperate need of wins, the couple of days of rest after that blowout loss should be a blessing. LA is currently third in the Pacific with 88 points with Las Vegas on their heels.

The Knights are one point behind the Kings with a game in hand. LA has an easier schedule down the stretch but that means nothing if they don't win these games. The Blue Jackets have been playing very well lately, as they are winners of three of their last four. These teams met earlier in the season, in Columbus, which saw the Kings pick up a 4-3 overtime win. 

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Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction

Los Angeles has a home record of 18-16-4, where they average 2.87 goals per game and their Power Play is 27th at 17.8%. The Kings also are averaging 35.8 shots per game at home. LA is allowing 2.87 goals per game at home and their Penalty Kill is 23rd, at 77.7%. The Kings are 23rd in Five on Five scoring at home, 14th in goals against, and have covered the Puck Line in 12 of their 18 home wins this season.

Bet $10, Get $200 with BetMGM on Kings vs Blue Jackets The Blue Jackets have a road record of 16-18-2, where they average 3.00 goals per game and their Power Play is 21st, at 17%. The Jackets are allowing 3.83 goals per game on 36.6 shots per game on the road this season. Their road Penalty Kill is 20th at 77.6%. Columbus is 16th in Five on Five scorings, away from home, and they are 29th in goals allowed. They have failed to cover the Puck Line in 14 of their 18 road losses this season. Los Angeles should be able to put shots on net, at will, tonight against this Blue Jacket team. I consider this game a must-win for the Kings and I think they will get the job done.

Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets Pick

Pick: Los Angeles Kings -1 -127 (Bet $127 to win $100)

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You can take your pick for shot on goal props, on the King's side. I am going to go with team shot leader, Adrian Kempe. Kempe leads the Kings with 223 shots, a 3.03 per game average. Kempe has hit this shot prop in 61% of his home games, including 5 of the last 6 where he has totaled 25 shots on 41 attempts. Kempe also gets top-line Power Playtime. I like LA's leading shot producer to lead the charge tonight. Pick: Adrian Kempe Over 2.5 SOG -130 (Bet $130 to win $100)

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.


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