Los Angeles Kings vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview 12/23/18

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The Los Angeles Kings, led by Anze Kopitar and Alex Iafallo, are preparing to take the ice against William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in a divisional tilt. The opening faceoff will be at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 23, and it can be watched live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Los Angeles Kings at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Moneyline odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

Vegas is 20-18 straight-up (SU) and has lost 2.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Pacific Division so far in the early season, is a noticeable slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (51-31). Of its 38 games this season, 17 have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 11-5 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have converted on 21.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.8 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 25.2 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (20-13-3) has been the top goalkeeper for Vegas this year. Fleury did just play yesterday, however, so Vegas may choose to rest him and instead roll with Malcolm Subban (0-6-6 record, .881 save percentage, 3.48 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, Los Angeles is 13-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 36 regular season outings, 19 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Kings are 5-12 SU as a road team this season.

The Kings have converted on just 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.

Jonathan Quick (3.06 goals against average and .900 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick is averaging 26.9 saves per game and has four wins, 10 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last five outings.
  • Four of Vegas’ last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 3-1 overall in those games.
  • This game features two of the more physical teams in the league. Los Angeles skaters have accounted for the 11th-most hits in the league (22.7 per game) while the Knights have handed the fourth-most (27.2).