Golden Knights vs. Kings Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Kings are a -145 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Golden Knights are a +125 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals. Los Angeles opened as a -150 favorite before dropping slightly. The over-under has remained steady.
First-place Las Vegas enters with a 24-9-0-2 record after a 4-1 victory Wednesday at the Ducks. The Kings are second in the Pacific Division with a 22-11-4-0 mark following a 2-0 loss at the Sharks Saturday. The Golden Knights won the first-ever meeting between the two franchises by a 4-2 final on their home ice back on Nov. 19.
Las Vegas received a goal apiece from Cody Eakin, William Karlsson, David Perron and Shea Theodore in the win at Anaheim. Malcolm Subban notched 27 saves on 28 shots to notch the victory in net. Eakin's goal with 4:48 remaining in the second period broke a 1-1 tie before the Golden Knights added two insurance tallies in the third.
Drew Doughty and Adrian Kempe led the Kings with four shots on goal each in the shutout loss at San Jose. Los Angeles registered 28 shots on goal as a team. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves on 31 shots in the losing effort. The Sharks broke a scoreless tie midway through the second period and then added another goal in the third period.
Las Vegas is 5-0 in its last five games. Los Angeles is 5-0 in its last five home games. The under is 5-0-1 in the last six Los Angeles games against the Pacific Division.
While the Golden Knights are giving the NHL an unbelievable storyline, this is a game Los Angeles should most certainly win. Las Vegas played last night, while the Kings have had five days to rest up. Add in the fact that LA has been dominant at home recently and Quick is in good form. Don't overthink this one. Take the favorite.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES KINGS -145