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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings - 4/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings (45-30-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (52-24-7)

NHL Hockey: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -150 / Los Angeles Kings +115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights meet Friday in game two of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the T-Mobile Arena. 

The Los Angeles Kings hope to tie this series up at 1-1 before flying back home for game three. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 35 goals, Drew Doughty has 50 assists and Dustin Brown has 222 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 147 goals on 1,867 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 11 goals on 145 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games. 

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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings - 4/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to take a nice 2-0 series lead and inch themselves closer to the semifinals. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 43 goals, David Perron has 50 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 268 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 100 goals on 1,376 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 55 goals on 614 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Golden Knights are 29-11 in their last 40 home games, 19-8 in their last 27 vs. Pacific and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to find ways to get the job done regardless of the style of game, and that's key come playoff time. It's nt about how sexy the win is, it's simply about winning and advancing. Few times have been able to win consistently the way the Golden Knights have all season, especially when playing at home. The Los Angeles Kings had nothing offensively in their game one loss and have now had some struggles on the road recently. I'm riding Vegas again until there's a reason not to.

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