Thursday NHL Betting Odds & Picks: Can the Kings Keep Up With the Golden Knights? (Jan. 9, 2020)

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Jan 09, 2020, 12:54 PM EST

The Vegas Golden Knights were never in real danger. Bad luck played a big part in Vegas’ slow start, but everything under the hood indicated that the Knights would eventually start to put it together and climb the ladder.

That’s exactly what’s happened, as the Knights are 15-7-3 over their last 25 games and lead the NHL with a 55% expected goals rate. Vegas is now locked with Arizona atop the Pacific Division and I’d be thoroughly surprised if the Golden Knights don’t nick it when all is said and done.

The Golden Knights host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.


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Kings at Golden Knights

  • Kings odds: +225
  • Golden Knights odds: -294
  • Over/Under: 6
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET

Coming into the season I would have labeled the Kings as an also-ran. Not only was Los Angeles expected to be bad, but the Kings had an aging roster that lacked any real pizzazz or an up-and-coming star. It was hard to blame anybody for largely ignoring the Kings.

Casual fans can keep ignoring Los Angeles, but if you’re a bettor you should keep a keen eye on ’em.

Los Angeles has been at or near the bottom of the Western Conference for almost the entire season, but the Kings have actually been largely impressive when you take a deeper look. Los Angeles has the fifth-best (53%) expected goals rate this season and is trending in the right direction, improving to 54.8% over its last 13 games.

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