Free NHL Picks Today: Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils 1/14/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils 1/14/23
Sat 14th January 2023

The New Jersey Devils (+100) are on the road to take on the Los Angeles Kings (-120) at Arena on Saturday in a matchup of teams looking to extend winning streaks.

The total is 6.5 (O: -110, U: -110)New Jersey (27-12-3) is playing on back-to-back days after earning a high-scoring 6-2 win over the Ducks yesterday, their third win in a row.

The Devils committed six penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt both scored twice for the Devils. Vitek Vanecek had a great performance with 31 saves (.939%) in the win.

Los Angeles (25-14-6) won their third in a row, beating the Sharks 4-3 on Wednesday. Four players found the net for the Kings. Quinton Byfield scored and provided an assist to lead the team in scoring. Pheonix Copley stopped only 27 of 30 shots (.900%).


The Kings won both games between the teams last season, including a 3-2 victory in their final meeting in January, their third straight win against New Jersey.

Carl Grundstrom, Alex Iafallo, and Viktor Arvidsson were on the scoresheet for Los Angeles. Bratt (2G 0A) and Damon Severson (0G 2A) each had two points to lead New Jersey. Cal Petersen got the win, saving 23 of 25 shots (.920%).


New Jersey is averaging 3.50 goals per game for the season, sixth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Kings team that is allowing 3.36 goals a game (22nd).

Meanwhile, Los Angeles has found the net 3.29 times a game on average, 11th in the league, and the Devils are holding opponents to 2.62 goals per game (4th).

New Jersey averages more shots/game (34.6) than most teams in the league, ranking fourth. Los Angeles has had difficulty stopping shots, ranking No. 30 with a team save percentage of .887%.

The Kings’ 24.36% power play percentage ranks eighth in the league, while the Devils are 23rd with a conversion rate of 19.70%. Los Angeles has been poor at penalty killing, as the hosts possess the league’s fifth-lowest PK% at 73.25%. New Jersey’s 81.95% ranks ninth in the NHL.


With 52 points this season, Hughes is the top skater for the Devils. He is among the league leaders with 28 goals (8th) and has added 24 assists. In the net, Vanecek (16-5-2) is New Jersey’s top goaltender. He has a 2.37 GAA and a .913% save percentage.

Kevin Fiala leads the Kings in scoring with 46 points. He has 15 goals and 31 assists (10th). Copley (12-2-0) has the best goals against average for Los Angeles at 2.59.

He has a save percentage of .904%. Jonathan Quick (8-9-4) has played the most games in net for the Kings this season. He has a 3.40 GAA and a .884% save percentage.


New Jersey has won five straight away from home this season. Los Angeles is 14-7-2 at Arena this season. Meanwhile, the Devils are 3-2 without a day off and 2-1 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Kings are 1-1 with a rest advantage.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

LA Kings (-115)

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