Avoiding narratives is a challenging, but important part of growing as a sports bettor. It’s easy to get caught up and let storylines get in the way of breaking down a game. These situations become more amplified in the postseason as the media presence surrounding the qualified teams turns into a circus.

Tonight, the Kings need to win to avoid a 3-0 hole in their first-round series with the Golden Knights. It’s a ‘must-win’ game. Luckily, Los Angeles has an experienced core of players like Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Jonathan Quick who can take over a game. The Kings have been here before while the Knights, quite literally, have never been here before.

That is the off-ice narrative that will be working heading into Game 3 on Sunday night (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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