Los Angeles Kings (13-14-6) at Vegas Golden Knights (24-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -218 / Los Angeles Kings +195 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will try to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to Vegas in their last matchup. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 37 points including 8 goals and a team-high 29 assists while Drew Doughty has 27 points with 20 assists on the year. Alex Iafallo and Dustin Brown each have 21 points with Iafallo logging 13 assists while Brown has a team-high 14 goals. Adrian Kempe also has 12 goals as part of his 20-point tally for the Kings this season. As a team, Los Angeles is averaging 2.8 goals on 29.4 shots with a 24.3% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 31.3 shots with an 85.9% success rate killing off penalties this season.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on yet another win at home after their win over the Kings in their last matchup. Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 40 points including 12 goals and a team-high 28 assists while Max Pacioretty has 33 points with a team-high 18 goals, 15 assists and 127 shots on goal. Shea Theodore, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson each have 24+ points with 16+ assists per game respectively this season while Alex Tuch has 13 goals as part of his 21 assists and Chandler Stevenson has 13 assists as part of his 20-point tally this season. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.3 goals on 30.9 shots with a 19.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.4 shots with an 84.3% kill rate on the PK this season.
Los Angeles is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 20-48 in their last 68 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog. Vegas is 10-3 in their last 13 games following a win and 37-14 in their last 51 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games. Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the plus money with the Kings would be a look, but Los Angeles is back to struggling once again and now another road game against a Vegas team that easily plays their best hockey at home is not a recipe to solve those woes. Vegas just has too much going for them right now and Los Angeles is just up against it in this one so I’ll back the Golden Knights -1.5 as my pick for this game.