Los Angeles Kings vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 4/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vegas Golden Knights (54-24-7) at Los Angeles Kings (45-31-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -148 / Vegas Golden Knights +112 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings meet Tuesday in game four of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Staples Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights can be the first team to advance to the semifinals with a victory here and completing the sweep. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Vegas with one goal, Reilly Smith has two assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 12 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 three goals on 99 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 14 games.
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The Los Angeles Kings need a win here in order to prevent the sweep and force a game five on Thursday. 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 one goal, Dion Phaneuf has one assist and Dustin Brown has nine 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 six goals on 110 shots faced. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 15 games.
The Golden Knights are 27-12 in their last 39 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Golden Knights are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-0-2 in the last 7 meetings.
All three games in this series have been very tight, and Quick has been more than good for the Kings to win some of these games. A bounce here or a bounce there, and the Kings are in this series. The Vegas Golden Knights are obviously the better team and probably win this series, but the odds are on the side of the Kings winning at least one due to how tight these three games have been. Also, the Kings are a veterean team that's been through it all and already came back down 0-3 against the San Jose Sharks a few years ago. While most teams have their head down in a big series hole, the Kings will still have some sort of confidence. Give me the home team to prevent the sweep.