Los Angeles Kings (45-29-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 11, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -155 / Los Angeles Kings +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights meet Wednesday in game one of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Los Angeles Kings hope to set the tone of this series early by stealing game one and reversing home ice advantage. 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.
The Vegas Golden Knights hope to ride the wave of momentum and get off to a quick 1-0 series lead. 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 six games.
The Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 Wednesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Golden Knights are 28-11 in their last 39 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 18-8 in their last 26 vs. Pacific. The under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings have won the last two meetings against the Vegas Golden Knights, and they are the more experienced playoff team that's used to making deep runs. The Kings won't be scared of the bright lights and everything that comes with these games, something we can't say about Vegas. Who know how these Golden Knights will handle the pressure when they came into the season with zero expectations? Either way, I'm backing the home team to draw first blood. We've seen how crazy the T-Mobile Arena can get for hockey, and the Golden Knights play up to the crowd every time. Vegas takes a 1-0 series lead.