LA Kings vs Minnesota Wild free NHL hockey pick and prediction from Pucking Hockey for Saturday March 28th 2015 (3/28/15)
Getting Red-Hot At The Right Time, Again
The Kings just being the Kings winning 3 straight on the road and staying alive in the playoff race. Either the Kings get lucky at the right time every season, or head coach Darryl Sutter is the ultimate hockey genius.
I have been watching hockey for 20 years and I always credited Mike Babcock as the best coach I have ever seen in my life time. But Sutter has pushed him down the rankings. And for a guy who can barely speak, it amazes me how he can lead a hockey team to the Stanley Cup Finals, 2 out of 3 seasons.
According to the players, Sutter mumbles under his breath about players when they make mistakes, and the players make sure they correct those mistakes. I’ve always believed in never yelling at the players, when I coach I always keep a positive attitude and don’t use negativity. Clearly Sutter thinks the same way, and it works.
LA Kings Injuries
- Tanner Pearson F Out Indefinitely (leg)
- Jarret Stoll F Day-to-Day (upper body)
- Slava Voynov D OUT FOR BEING A SCUMBAG!
LA Kings Trends and Stats
- Los Angeles has the best shots against in the league allowing 27.1 per game
Back To Back Situation, At Home
The Wild took care of the Flames Friday night with a demanding 4-2 victory. I was hoping for this kind of blowout win from the Wild, especially where they fired over 35 shots on the Flames.
The Wild have lost 3 of 7 at home before Friday’s game and now they have to play host to the LA Kings, tonight. Will Dubnyk be back in net? I am 99.9% sure he will play in the back to back situation, especially since he only faced 23 shots Friday night. Which is about average.
Minnesota Wild Injuries
- Keith Ballard D Out Indefinitely (upper body)
- Kyle Brodziak F Day-to-Day (upper body)
- Ryan Carter F Out Indefinitely (shoulder)
- Matt Cooke F Out Indefinitely (lower body)
- Nate Prosser D Out Indefinitely (lower body)
- Jason Zucker F Out Indefinitely (clavicle)
Minnesota Wild Trends and Stats
NHL Starting Goalies
- LA Kings – Jonathan Quick
- Minnesota Wild – Devan Dubnyk
Free NHL Hockey Pick and Prediction
For Minnesota’s sake, they better get ready for a hard hitting game tonight. They only delivered 11 hits last night, and the Flames only delivered 7 hits. The Wild had it easy as the game was a pretty fast paced game.
That won’t happen tonight.
The Wild blew their load Friday night blowing out the Flames. They completely dominated the Flames and controlled the puck for most of the game, firing over 35 shots on net. I can’t see them pulling that style of game off again. The Flames are OK but they are no LA Kings, so the Wild had it pretty easy on Friday.
The Kings are heating up and will go into Minnesota tonight, play a hard-hitting playoff style game, both teams will rely on a tight fore-checking style, but LA will come out with the victory. Minnesota will eventually wear themselves out due to the back to back situation, and lose this game.
This game should go one of two ways. Either the Kings get up on Minnesota early, forcing them to rely on their d-men to join the rush (which will lead to odd man rushes for the Kings) OR it’s a tight game down to the third period where the Kings will eventually be victorious.
Besides all that being said. LA has the much more potent offense, defense and goaltending. I wish I didn’t already release a top pick of the month for March, because this would be one…….(do as you please)
LA Kings +105 (risking $1,000 to profit $1,050) TOP PICK OF THE DAY
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