Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Vegas Golden Knights at the Staples Center in Game 4 of the postseason’s first round. The opening face-off takes place at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 17, and it can be seen live on NBC Sports Network.

Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings Odds

Los Angeles (+105) is playing the role of underdog to Los Angeles (-125), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 5 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 under, +105 over.

Vegas is 54-31 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 18.9 units this year. 42 of its outings have gone over the total, while 40 have gone under and just three have pushed. As a road team this season, the Knights are 23-19 SU.

Following a regular season where they found the net on 21.2 percent of all power-play opportunities (the 10th-best), the Golden Knights have been able to score on 9.1 percent of their postseason power play opportunities.

Vegas’ offense attempted 32.9 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per outing (ranked fourth overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the team’s up to an average of 36.7 shots on goal yet down to 2.0 goals per game.

Boasting a .930 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (32-17-4) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this season. If it decides to rest him, however, Vegas may turn to Malcolm Subban (15-7-2 record, .910 save percentage, 2.68 goals against average).

William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Golden Knights. Karlsson has 79 points on 44 goals and 35 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 19 different games. Marchessault has 27 goals and 50 assists to his name (and has logged a point in 47 games).

On the other side of the ice, Los Angeles is 45-40 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 44 of its contests have gone under the total, while 37 have gone over and just four have pushed. This year, the team’s 23-19 SU as the home team.

Los Angeles has converted on 19.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.2 percent of all penalties.

Los Angeles skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their past ten match ups. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jonathan Quick has denied 27.2 shots per game as the primary option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick has 33 wins, 34 losses, and four OT losses to his name and has maintained a 2.36 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this season.

The home team offense will be led by Anze Kopitar (36 goals, 58 assists).

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings Free Picks

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

Betting Trends

  • Penalties and power plays may prove to be key in tonight’s matchup. The Golden Knights are 21-12 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 42-20 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Kings are 18-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 31-23 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Los Angeles skaters have created 2.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 4.9 takeaways per game (ranked 31st in the NHL).
  • Vegas has managed 6.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 10.4 takeaways per game (ranked second overall).
  • Vegas could hold an advantage if it’s a tight one late. The team’s an impressive 25-16 in games decided by one goal, while Los Angeles is only 14-22 in such games.