The Los Angeles Kings (20-7-4) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (21-10-5) on Thursday, December 28th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Kings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Golden Knights are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Ducks. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Los Angeles Kings vs Vegas Golden Knights
The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Golden Knights, the Kings have a record of 20-7-4 so far. At home, their record is 7-6-3 and 13-1-1 on the road. This record has them sitting 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 4th in the Western conference. This season, Los Angeles’ average scoring margin is +1.2, which has their puck line record at 18-13. Their average home scoring margin is +.4, and in road games, it stands at +2.1.
Facing the Sharks in their last game, the Kings won by a score of 5-1. In the first period, the Kings struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with three times in the second period and two goals in the third. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 43 shots on goal and had 9 turnovers.
Los Angeles also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The game finished with a 6 goals which resulted an a push on the over/under.
The Vegas Golden Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In today’s game, the Golden Knights will be looking to break out of a four game losing streak. Currently, their record is 21-10-5 which comprises of going 12-3-2 at home and 9-7-3 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 2nd, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd. Vegas has 13 wins by more than one goals and dropped nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 17-19 this season.
Following a 5-2 loss on the road to the Ducks, the Golden Knights are eager to bounce back. The Golden Knights couldn’t find the net offensively in the first or third periods against the Ducks, but they did score two times in the second period. Of Vegas’ two goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 32 shots on goal and nine giveaways.
Vegas went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
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. In terms of the Kings’ offense during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.
The Kings’ over/under record this season is 12-18-1. For the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Vegas Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Golden Knights come into the game at 3.3 goals per contest placing 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 2nd position in the league. Vegas’ offense is currently ranked 6th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 8th in the league.
So far, the Golden Knights have an over/under record of 18-18-0. Coming into the game, they have played 18 games that went beyond the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.2 goals per game.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Defensively, the Kings come into the season ranked 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 26.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. For the season, they are ranked 6th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
Defensively, the Golden Knights come into the season ranked 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 29.8 shots per game against Vegas. For the season, they are ranked 8th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Kings vs Golden Knights Trends
- Across their five previous road games, Los Angeles has an puck line mark of 2-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- In their last three games at home, the Golden Knights have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Golden Knights have a straight up record of 0-3 and an puck line mark of 1-2.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Kings have an puck line record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 4-1.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Golden Knights to take down the Kings at home. With the moneyline currently at -125, I’m placing my bet on the Golden Knights straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Kings to cover. Even if the Golden Knights secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Kings should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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