NHL Odds, Pick, Prediction: Golden Knights vs. Kraken (April 1)
Len Redkoles/Getty. Pictured: Robin Lehner of the Vegas Golden Knights.
- The Golden Knights will travel to Seattle as favorites against a first-year Kraken team.
- Goalie Robin Lehner is set to play for Vegas, making a play on the total even more valuable.
- Read on for betting analysis of the matchup.
Golden Knights vs. Kraken Odds
|Golden Knights Odds||-175|
|Over/Under||6 (-115 / -105)|
|Time||10 p.m. ET|
|Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
We have a Pacific Division tilt on Friday evening as the fourth-placed Vegas Golden Knights take on the eighth-placed Seattle Kraken. This game is a rematch of Wednesday’s meeting where the Golden Knights won 3-0 in Seattle.
Can we expect another low-scoring game, or will the goal-scoring pick up this time around?
Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights’ 3-0 win over the Seattle Kraken was yet another low-scoring game for a Vegas team that has had plenty of them recently. There have been six or fewer goals scored in four of Vegas’ last six games.
Vegas’ forward group is decimated with injuries, and that has impacted the Golden Knights’ scoring lately. Forwards Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and Reilly Smith are all slated to miss this contest.
Over their last five games, the Golden Knights are averaging just 2.8 goals scored per game. The good news for Vegas is that Robin Lehner was removed from injured reserve and is projected to return to the net against Seattle.
Lehner was in great form prior to his injury and he’ll look to pick up where he left off. Over his last nine starts, Lehner boasts an excellent 0.926 save percentage.
Much like Vegas, Seattle has seen plenty of low-scoring games recently. There have been six or fewer goals scored in five of Seattle’s last six games.
Seattle is averaging just 2.83 goals scored per game over those six contests. The Kraken have struggled to score all season as they have a very below-average forward group in their inaugural season.
On the year, Seattle ranks just 31st in the league in five-on-five expected goals per 60 minutes (xGF). On the other hand, Seattle has a pretty solid defensive unit that does a good job of suppressing high-danger scoring chances.
Ranking ninth in the league in five-on-five expected goals against per 60 minutes (xGA), Seattle’s one thing they have done well this year is limiting teams for generating great scoring chances. With a very injured Vegas team, I expect this defensive unit to keep up with the Golden Knights.
Golden Knights vs. Kraken Pick
While this is an extremely chalky pick to go with following a 3-0 Vegas win just two nights prior, I think we see a similar style of game. Especially with Lehner projected to start between the pipes for Vegas, I do not think Seattle will generate many good scoring chances.
This is the fourth matchup between these two teams this season, and two of the first three meetings saw six or fewer total goals scored.
Pick: Under 6 goals (-115), play up to -125