Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings - 4/14/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Kings (16-19-6) vs Vegas Golden Knights (28-11-2)
Game Info: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings +160 / Vegas Golden Knights -178 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Wednesday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on their 4-2 win over the Kings in their last matchup. Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 44 points including 13 goals and a team-high 31 assists while Max Pacioretty has 37 points with a team-high 20 goals and 153 shots on goal this season. Shea Theodore also has 32 points with 26 assists while Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Alex Tuch all have double-digit goal and assist totals this season. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.2 goals on 31.7 shots with a 17.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.6 shots against with an 84.6% success rate on the PK this season.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to get some revenge after their loss to Vegas last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 43 points including a team-high 34 assists while Drew Doughty has 30 points with 22 assists this season. Alex Iafallo, Dustin Brown and Adrian Kempe each have double-digit goal and assist tallies this season, with Brown logging a team-high 16 goals on the year. As a team, Los Angeles is averaging 2.7 goals on 29.8 shots with a 21.5% conversion rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 31.1 shots against with an 84.9% success rate on the PK this season.
Vegas is 10-3 in their last 13 games as a road favorite and 51-23 in their last 74 games overall while the under is 15-7-1 in their last 23 road games. Los Angeles is 3-8 in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. Vegas is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I think this is an interesting matchup considering the two sides have traded wins back and forth in each of the last five meetings. With that said, I think this game follows the last two meetings and is higher scoring than you’d expect between these two. I’ll back the over as I could see a game that hits at least six or maybe even seven goals.