Wednesday’s top NHL picks features Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings for the interconference matchup. The two teams are having different seasons, with Tampa Bay second in the Atlantic Division after 49 games played. The LA Kings are bottom of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference, having displayed one of the worst records in the league this season. This match poses a threat of being a deja vu moment, as the two NHL teams have played against each other already this year. Lightning won a tightly contested match 4-3, and the Kings will be out for revenge.
With a record of 18-27-5, Los Angeles Kings is the franchise that hasn’t made the Staples Center the bedrock of their championship challenge. With their fate all but settled, the West Coast team can start looking beyond the postseason because there’s no way that they are making the playoffs. Does the question then become whether the Kings can cause an upset and win against Tampa Bay?
Los Angeles Kings vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Predictions
While Tampa Bay may be reeling from a close defeat to the Dallas Stars by a 3-2 scoreline in overtime, they have a good record coming into the match. The Lightning, like their chances against the Kings after the team from the West, suffered four consecutive defeats.
The heroics from Steven Stamkos weren’t enough to save the team from a defeat, but his one player to watch out for. The other player with an impressive record is the Lightning’s goalie. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 of 35 saves against Dallas, but could not avoid defeat.
Tampa Bay has to acclimatize quickly to the road seeing as this will be the third of a six games stretch on the way. With a record of 29-15-5 this season, you can believe that they got to second place racking up victories on any ice.
Los Angeles Kings went down 4-1 to Philadelphia Flyers, and they kissed goodbye to the postseason. The NHL schedule pits them against teams that are on the edge, which makes every game make or break.
The Kings’ offense is led by Anze Kopitar, who has 17 goals and 26 assists this season. That is not too bad. However, the defense is leaking too many goals, averaging 3.12 goals against them per game this season.
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Tampa Bay will come out with guns blazing as the team has a chance to overtake the Boston Bruins to claim the top spot in the Atlantic Division. That will be enough motivation to beat the LA Kings who come to the game depleted after Drew Doughty and Derek Forbort are both listed as injured. The Lightning have their full squad to call on and will want to get back on the winning run.
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00 PM (EST)
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