Hockey Prediction LA Kings vs Montreal Canadiens December 17th
Thursday 12/17/15 NHL Starting Goalies Tonight. Free Hockey Picks Today. Hockey Prediction LA Kings vs Montreal Canadiens December 17th
LA Kings Preview
After winning six games in a row the Kings have found themselves on back to back loses. For those of you who can’t count, that’s two consecutive loses. Jonathan Quick is now 16-9 with a 2.28 goals against average on the year overall, while on the road he has gone 6-4 with a 2.41 goals against average. In his Career vs Montreal, Quick is 2-2 with a 2.71 goals against average.
Offensively this is not a great team as they rank 17th in scoring 2.5 goals per game and 20th in power play conversions 18.2%. On the defensive end of the ice they have been very good, ranking 1st in goals allowed 2.2 goals per game and 5th in the penalty killing department.
- The Under is 4-1-2 in their last seven vs. the Atlantic
Montreal Canadiens Preview
Not sure if it’s because of Carey Price but the Canadiens have lost five of their last six games. However it’s the offense who are causing the losses. Their offensive attack has been exposed and they simply do not have the size to match-up against hard-hitting teams. Teams that hit them, shut their fast paced offensive approach down instantly.
The Habs are still 3rd in the league in scoring, putting up 3.1 goals per game on the year, but in their last eight games they have averaged just 1.88 goals per game.
As I mentioned a few times, Mike Condon has been exposed. It’s his first year in the NHL and he has a lot to learn, he will eventually get there learning behind Price whenever he returns. Condon is 0-3 in his last three starts and has allowed three goals in each of those starts. Condon is 9-8 on the year with a 2.21 goals against average, while at home he has gone just 5-6 with a 2.33 goals against average.
Montreal has been a solid defensive team this year as they check in at 4th in goals allowed 2.2 goals per game and 3rd in the penalty killing department (86.7%). Expect those number to increase until Price is back in net. Or until Condon is traded as he is only trade bait in my opinion.
- Montreal are 4-0-3 in their last seven after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
NHL Starting Goalies 12/17/15
LA Kings – Jonathan Quick
Montreal Canadiens – Mike Condon
LA Kings vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction 12/17/15
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