Kings vs Golden Knights Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+243) Golden Knights (-275)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (24-16-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) play the Los Angeles Kings (17-23-4, 8th in the Pacific Division) at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The line on this game has the Kings coming in at +243 and the Golden Knights are at -275. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Kings are covering 38.6% of the time, having gone 17-27 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 48.8% of the time, going 21-22 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings come into this matchup holding a record of 17 victories and 23 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 112 goals which is good for 14th in the Western Conference and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -27, putting them at 27th in the NHL. The Kings have compiled a total of 38 points, which is good for 28th in the NHL and 15th in the conference. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,480 which is good for 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the NHL. As a group, Los Angeles currently has a total of 858 hits which means they have an average of 19.5 per contest. They have compiled a total of 476 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has played a total of 1,730 mins minding the net for the season. Quick is surrendering an average of 3.05 goals per contest which has him sitting 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 42nd among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this year, he's allowed 88 goals. He has a save percentage of .893 which has him sitting 30th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Los Angeles Kings had a rough game after their 4 - 2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game. The Kings had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. In this game, they converted 2 of the 37 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to net one. Los Angeles had a total of 2 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Kings sat at 72 and the Corsi against was 33 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 68.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 54 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 24, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 69.2%. They earned 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 16 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 68.0% and they had a PDO of 87.4 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned 24 shots. They had 0 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 1 power play chance.
The Golden Knights will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 24 wins and 16 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL with +7. They currently have a total of 144 goals for this year which has them ranked at 2nd in the conference. Vegas has a save % as a team of .904 which currently has them sitting 16th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.2% putting them at 9th in the Western Conference. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.84 goals per game and that ranks him 13th among Western Conference goalies and 27th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,818 mins he has been on the ice, he's surrendered 86 goals. He has a save % of .908, which has him ranking 18th among Western Conference goalies and 34th in the NHL among goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game where the Golden Knights went home in defeat by a mark of 4 - 3. In this game, Vegas had a 67.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 60 and their opponent having a Corsi of 29. Their Fenwick rate was 66.7% with a Fenwick of 46 and the Penguins having a 23 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vegas played and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 87.1 and they had an oZS percentage of 76.7%. The Golden Knights converted 3 goals of the 34 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this one and scored 1 out of those chances. In discussing their opponent, the Penguins had 2 power play attempts and came through by scoring 1 goal. Vegas allowed 16 shots on goal and the Penguins earned a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+243)
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