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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/1/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (15-21-3) at Vegas Golden Knights (23-15-4)
Date & Time Tuesday January 1, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -215 / Los Angeles Kings +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-West
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Golden Knights meet in NHL action from T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Kings will look to keep their momentum going after winning 5 of their last 6 games following a 3-2 overtime win over Colorado in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening period before Drew Doughty broke the deadlock just :22 into the 2nd period. Sean Walker doubled the advantage, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame. Colorado cut the deficit in the opening minute of the period and erased the deficit with less than two minutes to go, giving us some free hockey on New Year’s Eve. Dustin Brown scored the OT winner just :54 into overtime to give the Kings the win. Jonathan Quick got the win to improve to 6-9-2 this season after stopping 22 of 24 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to stay hot after winning 3 in a row with a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes last time out. Paul Stastny opened the scoring for the Golden Knights, giving Vegas a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Reilly Smith doubled the advantage late in the 2nd period but that lasted just :54 before Arizona pulled a goal back. Cody Eakin, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Carpenter scored 3 goals in a span of 7:23 to seal the deal for the Golden Knights and give Vegas the win. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win to improve to 22-10-4 this season after stopping 29 of the 30 shots faced in the winning effort.

Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference while the under is 16-5-1 in their last 22 road games. Vegas is 14-6 in their last 20 games overall and 47-20 in their last 67 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 division games. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Vegas has been a solid team at home since their inception into the league last year, and the Golden Knights are starting to pick up some steam again with 3 wins in a row. However, home ice hasn’t mattered for the most part when these two lock up as the road team has won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides and the Kings are playing well enough to warrant a play on the Kings as an underdog here so I’ll take a stab at L.A. here.

Pick:
Los Angeles +175

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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