Kings vs. Golden Knights Odds, Preview, Prediction: Don’t Expect Vegas to Surrender (October 14)
Joe Puetz/Getty Images. Pictured: Alec Martinez (23) of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by teammates.
Golden Knights at Kings Odds
|Golden Knights Odds||-155|
|Over/Under||5.5 (-115 / -105)|
|Time||10:30 p.m. ET|
|Odds via DraftKings. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
Fresh off their season-opening victory over Seattle, the Golden Knights will renew acquaintances with their biggest Pacific Division rival, the Kings.
The Golden Knights held off the pesky Kraken 4-3 on Tuesday.
The Golden Knights have dominated the Kings since entering the NHL in 2017-18, boasting a 12-7-2 record, plus a four-game playoff sweep during the 2018 postseason. Vegas won six of the teams’ eight head-to-head meetings in 2020-21.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings will open the new season as a trendy pick to reach the postseason for the first time since 2018.
Los Angeles upgraded its forward group in free agency, adding center Phillip Danault from Montreal, right wing Viktor Arvidsson from Nashville and defenseman Alex Edler from Vancouver.
The Kings are still led by a veteran core that includes center Anze Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and goalie Jonathan Quick.
Quick is coming off an injury-plagued season where he made 22 starts and had the fourth-worst goals-saved above average (-11.84) among goalies with at least 500 minutes played. He is also coming off offseason shoulder surgery.
Vegas Golden Knights
Unsurprisingly, the Golden Knights looked machinelike in the first half of their game against Seattle, building a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately for those of us who took them -1.5, they coughed up the lead and hung on for a 4-3 victory.
Vegas’ top line of Max Pacioretty-Chandler Stephenson-Mark Stone combined for three goals and eight points, including Pacioretty’s pair of tallies and Stephenson’s third-period game-winner Tuesday.
Vegas fired 30 shots at Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer despite Seattle’s stingy defensive system.
Knights vs. Kings Pick
The Golden Knights look like an offensive machine, and unlike against Seattle, they aren’t likely to take their foot off the gas against the rival Kings. Vegas covered 1.5 goals in five of its eight meetings last season, including three of the four games at Staples Center.
You’d expect coach Peter DeBoer to drill home defensive structure after blowing a 3-0 lead Tuesday and if Quick is in goal, this could definitely be a rout.
Pick: Golden Knights -1.5 (+155)
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