Los Angeles Kings vs New York Islanders Free Pick

Posted by Aaron . on February 11, 2016 in

The Los Angeles Kings (32-17-3) continue their East Coast road trip on Thursday when they meet the New York Islanders (28-18-6) at the Barclays Center. The Kings are coming off a 9-2 rout of the Boston Bruins. The Kings sit atop the Pacific Division, and the Islanders are in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Let’s take a look at the online NHL predictions for this matchup. On both sides of the league, these are two of the teams that many pick to make a deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Los Angeles Kings vs New York Islanders Free Pick

When: Thursday, February 11, 7 PM EST
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
TV: Fox Sports West
Radio: NHL Radio
Stream Option: MSG Networks
Opening NHL Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Islanders?

New York is coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Columbus on Tuesday night. Normally the lesser of the two Gotham teams, the Islanders have taken hold of the third slot in the Metropolitan, which would give them a manageable first-round playoff series. They are #2 in the NHL on the penalty kill (86.8 percent), so if it becomes a special teams clash, the Islanders will have an advantage. They also have a stout offense, scoring 2.8 goals per game (#7 in the NHL), so the Kings will have a more than worthy foe on their hands. Expect the Islanders to work hard to get on the board early and limit the Kings’ drives to the net.

Why should you put your money on Los Angeles?

It’s true that the Kings only average 2.8 goals per game, ranking #10 in the league, but their offense appears to be opening up a bit, as shown by the nine goals they hung on the Bruins in Boston. The Los Angeles Kings are particularly lethal on the power play (#3, 23.4 percent), but their penalty kill (#9, 82.4 percent) is also respectable. The Kings’ defense is stingy (#5, 2.3 goals permitted per game). The team has been a little up and down since their ascent to the top of the Pacific, falling in Anaheim last week. However, the team appears to be upping their scoring just in time to start peaking for the postseason.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Islanders need this win a little bit more than the Kings do, as they need to cement their hold on third place in the Metropolitan, rather than relying on the wild card race to get them into the postseason. I like New York to control the Kings and win, 4-2.