Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights will face each other in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22 season. The hosts chase the playoffs ticket, and they will search for a valuable victory. The away side tops the division, and they want to keep the high level of their performances.
Los Angeles has been running hot and cold lately, and they aim to stabilize their form. The home side is three points behind the top four, and they hope to secure the post-season ticket. On the other hand, the away side has played very well lately despite a defeat in the previous match. Vegas is on the right track to securing the playoffs spot, and they want to stay on it.
Los Angeles Kings – Can they stay in the playoffs race?
The Kings haven’t been too consistent lately, but they are still active in the chase for the post-season spot. They sit in 5th place with a 14-11-5 record, being three points behind the Oilers. Los Angeles boked five wins and lost five times in the previous ten matches, but they go to this one after beating the Capitals 3-2 on the road. Garret Sparks had a great performance on the goal in his first appearance this season, having a .943 save percentage.
Anze Kopitar has been the most productive player in the Kings’ offense with 27 points, including a team-high 18 assists. Adrian Kempe is Los Angeles’ top scorer with 12 goals, while he has contributed with 17 points. Alex Iafallo has produced 19 points this season, while six other players chipped in with 10+ points. On the other hand, Jonathan Quick made 18 appearances on the goal this season and has a .930 save percentage. He has also allowed 2.19 goals per game on average and has been involved in eight Kings’ victories.
Expected Line-Up: Jonathan Quick, Matt Roy, Tobias Bjornfot, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson
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Vegas Golden Knights – Will they remain on the top of the table?
The Golden Knights’ five-game winning streak ended on the latest occasion after they lost to the Lightning 4-3 at home. However, the away side has been excellent lately, losing only twice in the previous ten rounds. That streak launched them to the top of the Pacific Division, with a 20-12-0 record. Vegas has been excellent in the offense this season, while they had 41 shots on Tampa Bay’s goal last time. However, their defense hasn’t been good in that game, which resulted in a defeat.
Chandler Stephenson leads the Golden Knights’ offense with a total of 31 points, being the team’s best assistant with 22 at the same time. Jonathan Marchessault is Vegas’ best scorer with 14 goals, while he has produced 21 points. Reilly Smith has contributed with 23 points, while four other players have chipped in with 20+ points. On the goal, Robin Lehner made more appearances this season, having a .905 save percentage. On the other hand, Laurent Brossoit has allowed 2.72 goals per game on average.
Expected Line-Up: Robin Lehner, Nicolas Hague, Shea Theodore, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Chandler Stephenson
Expert Pick #1 – Golden Knights to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-140
Both sides had at least a week to prepare for this matchup, but I believe more in the visitors. They have been more consistent recently, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they get back on the winning track. Therefore, I’ll back them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 5.5 @-125
Vegas has been involved in many high-scoring matches this season, and they have been excellent in the offense. On the other hand, the Kings’ offense comes and goes, and I expect to see an efficient match on Tuesday evening. Give me the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 @+175
I want to risk more with my third pick, and therefore, I’m dipping into the puck line market. If the Golden Knights win by more than a goal, we could land the plus money odds. I’ll take it as my third pick on the lower stake.