Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings Matchup Preview

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The Los Angeles Kings and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at the Staples Center in a Pacific Division showdown. It’s their third head-to-head matchup of the regular season. This one will get started at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 26 and it can be caught live on Fox Sports West.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds

The money line for either team is currently set at an identical -110, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 money on the over and +100 on the under.

Vegas is 41-20 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 22.6 units this year. 35 of its contests have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Knights are 17-13 SU.

Vegas has converted on 22.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off 81.2 percent of its penalties.

The Knights, as a collective unit, have been sent to the penalty box just 3.2 times per game this season, and 3.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .930 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (21-9-2) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Vegas could go with Malcolm Subban (12-4-1), who has a .912 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average this year.

Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both lead the way for the visiting Golden Knights. Marchessault has 61 points via 22 goals and 39 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 18 different games. Perron has 15 goals and 42 assists to his credit (and has notched a point in 38 games).

Los Angeles is 33-29 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.1 units this year. Through 62 regular season contests, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just three have pushed. This year, the team’s 14-14 SU as the home team.

The Kings have converted on just 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 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 past five games. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jonathan Quick has denied 27.3 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Kings. Quick has 23 wins, 25 losses, and two overtime losses and has registered a 2.46 goals against average and a .921 save percentage this year.

Anze Kopitar (25 goals, 40 assists) will lead the attack for LA.

Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Los Angeles is 2-0 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Los Angeles’ last five outings.
  • Eight of Vegas’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-2 in those games.
  • The Kings this season have tallied the fourth-most hits per game (25.2).