T-Mobile Arena plays host to a Pacific Division showdown as the Vegas Golden Knights face off against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s the third and final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The opening face-off is at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 27, and it can be watched live on NBC Sports Network.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas is 41-20 straight up (SU) and has earned 22.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Of its 61 games this season, 35 have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 24-7 SU at home this year.
The Golden Knights have converted on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.
The Golden Knights, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
With a .930 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (21 wins, nine losses, and two OT losses) has been the best option in goal for the Knights this year. If the Knights decide to give him a breather, however, the team may roll with Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).
The Knights will continue relying on offensive production via Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron. Marchessault (61 points) is up to 22 goals and 39 assists and has recorded multiple points in 19 different games this year. Perron has 15 goals and 42 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 39 games.
Los Angeles is 33-29 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 62 regular season matches, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the road team, the Kings are 19-15 SU.
The Kings have converted on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked third overall and it’s successfully defended 83.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Los Angeles’ players have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five match ups. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Quick (27.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick has 23 wins, 25 losses, and two OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .921 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average this year.
Anze Kopitar (25 goals, 40 assists) has been one of the most vital playmaking threats for the visiting Kings.
Los Angeles Kings at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under
- Over Vegas’ last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).
- Extra-man opportunities could prove to be extremely important tonight. The Kings are 11-9 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-14 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total. The Golden Knights are 15-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 30-14 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
- Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Los Angeles is 2-0 in shootouts.
- Vegas might have an advantage if it’s a tight one late. The team’s 16-10 in games decided by one goal, while Los Angeles is 11-15 in such games.
- The over has hit in three of Vegas’ last five outings.
- Vegas has averaged 10.4 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.4 giveaways per game (ranked 14th overall).
- Los Angeles skaters have averaged 10.4 giveaways over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 10.3 giveaways per game (ranked 22nd in the league).
- Los Angeles skaters have accounted for the third-most hits in the league (25.2 per game).