Puck Line Pick
I will start by saying these two teams are heading in complete opposite directions this season. Pittsburgh is no doubt a playoff team, while the Kings are the second worst team in the Western Conference. The Penguins are coming into this one on a three-game losing streak after being battered 5-3 by Washington in their last game. The Kings are not doing much better, losing 4-2 last time out to Edmonton. Note that Pittsburgh won the only meeting this season in a shootout by a score of 5-4. The Penguins are not *great* on the road, but they have won 15 of their 29 away games. They also are 8-2 in their last 10 games against an opponent from the Pacific Division. Furthermore, the Kings are 3-14 in their last 17 games against the Metropolitan Division. Los Angeles really just looks like a disaster right now and even though the Penguins have struggled recently, they are the only side I can look to on the puck line.
Over Under Pick
I like the total more in this game because of how the defense for Pittsburgh is playing. While the Penguins usually allow just 2.75 goals per game overall and 3.1 goals in away games, they are now allowing an average of 4.6 during their three-game losing streak. Scoring has dipped as well to 1.6 during this losing streak, but now playing against a much worse team, look for Pittsburgh to bounce back. Furthermore, the Kings are also playing horrible defense, allowing four or more goals in three of their last four games. The total soared over in the first meetings, as we saw a total of nine goals scored. While I do not see nine goals being scored again, I am confident that each side will have their fair share of offensive success and we will get at least seven goals.