Vegas Golden Knights (20-12) vs. Los Angeles Kings (14-11-5)
December 28, 2021 at 22:30 EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +120 / Vegas Golden Knights -141; Over / Under: -5.5
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The Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Crypto.com Arena. The Vegas Golden Knights are looking for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are looking for a win after sharing their last 10 games.
The Vegas Golden Knights score an average of 3.5 goals per game and score 19.2 percent of their powerplay options. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 14 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 22 assists and Reilly Smith has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights allow 3.1 goals per game and kill 76.9 percent of their opponent’s power play. Robin Lehner has conceded 70 goals on 738 shots, and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 24 goals on 250 shots.
The Los Angeles Kings score an average of 2.6 goals per game and score on 17.3 percent of their powerplay options. Adrian Kempe leads Los Angeles with 12 goals, Anze Kopitar has 18 assists and Dustin Brown has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings allow 2.6 goals per game and kill 77.4 percent of their opponent’s power play. Jonathan Quick has conceded 40 goals on 568 shots, and Cal Petersen has conceded 34 goals on 319 shots.
The Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 away games and 60-28 in their last 88 games as favorites. The Kings are 4-9 in their last 13 Tuesday games and 4-11 in their last 15 games as a home underdog. Above is 6-2 in the Golden Knights last 8 overall. Below is 20-8-1 in the Kings’ last 29 overall. Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Who knows what they can expect from one of these teams with the long break, but we know the Vegas Golden Knights have played head and shoulders the best hockey this season. The Los Angeles Kings have had trouble collecting victories, their attacks come and go, and they are not winning enough in the underdog role to justify those awards. The golden knights and the reasonable juice should be the play here. The Kings have not deserved that confidence this season to be worth looking at in these places.
Randy Chambers’ free choice:
Vegas Golden Knights -141