Los Angeles Kings vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, NHL Free Pick 3/1/2020
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+307) Golden Knights (-353)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (36-22-8, 1st in the Pacific Division) will play the Los Angeles Kings (23-35-6, 8th in the Pacific Division) on Sunday. The Golden Knights open this game at -353 while the Kings are coming in at +307. The O/U has been set at 6. The Kings are covering 35.9% of the time, having gone 23-41 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 52.4% of the time, going 33-30 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings head into this game holding a record of 23 victories and 35 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 158 goals which has them at 15th in the West and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -43, putting them at 29th in the league. The Kings have compiled a total of 52 points, which has them at 30th in the league and 15th in the conference. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 2,131 which has them at 2nd in the West and 5th in the league. As a team, Los Angeles has obtained a total of 1,261 hits which means they are averaging 19.7 per game. They have compiled a total of 658 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has played 2,329 mins protecting the goal this season. Quick is allowing an average of 2.96 goals against average which has him ranking 22nd in the West and 43rd in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's given up 115 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .898 which has him ranking 29th in the West.
The Los Angeles Kings were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins their last time out. The Kings had a below average offensive performance in this victory. In this outing, they finished 2 of the 22 shots they tried. In addition, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Los Angeles earned a total of 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Kings was 30 and the Corsi against was 56 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 34.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 19 while the Fenwick against was 43, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 30.6%. They took 23 face-off wins and lost 21 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 32.1% and they had a PDO of 103.1 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins racked up a total of 36 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
The Golden Knights will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 36 wins and 22 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 3rd in the West and 11th in the league with +16. They have compiled a total of 212 goals for the season which is good for 2nd in the conference. Vegas has a team save % of .900 which has them 22nd in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.4% which is good for 9th in the Western Conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.73 goals against average and that has him 12th among West goaltenders and 28th in the NHL. In the 2,701 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 123 goals. His save % is .908, which puts him at 19th among West goaltenders and 39th in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights opposed the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup where the Golden Knights took home the victory by a final score of 4 - 2. In this game, Vegas wound up with a 44.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 49 while their opponent had a Corsi of 62. They had a Fenwick percentage of 47.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 38 and the Sabres ending the game with a 42 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vegas had and they looked good in this game. Their PDO was 108.2 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 43.2%. The Golden Knights notched 4 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. As for the opposition, the Sabres had 1 power play chance but were not able to score a goal. Vegas allowed 34 shots on goal and the Sabres racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (-353)
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