Los Angeles Kings vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights - 12/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Las Vegas Golden Knights (24-9-2) at Los Angeles Kings (22-11-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -150 / Las Vegas Golden Knights +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory while building on their five-game winning streak. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Vegas with 17 goals, Jonathan Marchessault has 20 assists and William Karlsson has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Maxime Lagace has given up 49 goals on 383 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 24 goals on 308 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in their last 10 games.
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The Los Angeles Kings could use a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Jake Muzzin has 17 assists and Drew Doughty has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 86.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 63 goals on 880 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 19 goals on 287 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Golden Knights are 5-2 in their last 7 road games, 16-4 in their last 20 vs. Western Conference and 7-0 in their last 7 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 10-3 in their last 13 Thursday games and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The under is 14-6-1 in Kings last 21 overall and the over is 18-7-2 in Golden Knights last 27 overall.
I've said it all season, sometimes you can't explain why this team keeps winning, but the Las Vegas Golden Knights are winning games at an insane clip for an expansion team and have cashed countless times as an underdog. At this point it doesn't matter who they're playing against, you just have to keep backing the Golden Knights. The value is too good for a team that just does nothing but find ways to win.