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Los Angeles Kings vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vegas Golden Knights (21-15-4) at Los Angeles Kings (15-20-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +127 / Vegas Golden Knights -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSW, ATRM
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NHL | Vegas Golden Knights (21-15-4) at Los Angeles Kings (15-20-3)
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The Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Vegas Golden Knights look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 14 goals, Reilly Smith has 18 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 90 goals on 982 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 19 goals on 159 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.

The Los Angeles Kings look for another victory to build on their solid four-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 10 goals, Drew Doughty has 19 assists and Anze Kopitar has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 43 goals on 446 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 27 goals on 352 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in their last four games.

The Golden Knights are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Pacific, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 18-7-2 in Kings last 27 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 10-4-2 in Golden Knights last 16 overall.

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to be hit or miss and have picked up a habit of being on the wrong side of some very tight games. The Los Angeles Kings haven't been great this season, but they're playing their best stretch of hockey right now with four straight wins and are allowing just 1.75 goals per game during this streak. I'm not sure how long this run continues for the Kings, but I'll bite at the plus money with them at home.

Pick:
Los Angeles Kings +127

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