Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Los Angeles Kings (17-24-4) at Vegas Golden Knights (24-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -275 / Los Angeles Kings +243 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 15 goals, Drew Doughty has 20 assists and Dustin Brown has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 88 goals on 824 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 44 goals on 417 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Vegas Golden Knights look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 18 goals, Mark Stone has 26 assists and Reilly Smith has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 82 goals on 915 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 42 goals on 439 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Kings are 19-43 in their last 62 games as an underdog, 20-48 in their last 68 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Golden Knights are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 road games. The over is 4-0 in Golden Knights last 4 home games. The under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vegas. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings have played Vegas tough in the past, which includes wins in four of the last seven meetings. However, the Kings just can't buy a victory right now and haven't had much success on the end of back to backs either. The Vegas Golden Knights usually play their best hockey at home and are currently enjoying possibly their best stretch of the season. I can only get behind Vegas in this contest, and I'll side with the PL for added value to avoid an insane ML price.