The Kings and Golden Knights are set to face off at 10:00 ET on BSW. The Golden Knights will host the game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 6 goals and the Golden Knights are the favorite to win at home vs. the Kings.
LOS ANGELES KINGS VS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5
This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.
WHY BET THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
- In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Kings winning this one 4-3.
- We like the Kings on the moneyline (+103)
- The Kings are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can the Kings Lock in a Road Win?
In their 31 games, the Kings have a 20-7-4 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 7-6-3 record, and their record on the road is 13-1-1. At the moment, they hold the 3rd spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 4th in the Western conference.
Los Angeles is 18-13 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 10-5 compared to 8-8 at home. Games involving Los Angeles have an average of 6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Kings come in with a record of 12-18-1.
Across their three previous road games, Los Angeles has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 2 goals per game.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Kings are averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 11th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 13th in the league. The Los Angeles offense is ranked 19th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 7th in the NHL.
The leading scorer for Los Angeles’ offense is Trevor Moore. Coming into the game he has 16 goals, ranking 24th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 9 assists so far.
Vegas defense takes on the Kings ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Vegas. They alsso are 8th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Cam Talbot has started 21 games this season. His current record stands at 14-6, and his save percentage is 0.8686868686868687%.
Is It the Golden Knights Game to Lose at Home?
This season, the Golden Knights have a mark of 21-10-5. When going on the road, Vegas has a record of 9-7-3 record, while they are 12-3-2 at their home arena. Their current record places them 2nd in the Western Pacific division and 2nd in the Western conference.
In terms of the puck line, Vegas posted a 17-19 record. On the road they are 9-10 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 8-9. Games involving Vegas have an average of 6.2 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Golden Knights come in with a record of 18-18-0.
Although Vegas has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
For their offensive performance, the Golden Knights come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 4th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 2nd in the league. Coming into the game, the Golden Knights have 12-7 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 8-3.
Vegas will be looking for a good game from Jonathan Marchessault who leads the team in scoring with 17 goals, ranking 13th in the NHL. Marchessault also comes into the game with 10 assists.
The Golden Knights defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Vegas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 8th with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Jiri Patera gets the start and has made three starts this season. His record at this point is 1-2, and his save percentage is 0.2828282828282828%.