The Seattle Kraken face the Vegas Golden Knights in a matchup between two of the best teams in the Pacific Division. The Kraken have an 11-5-3 record and have a three-game winning streak while the Golden Knights have a 16-4-1 record and have won back-to-back games. Both teams are looking to remain near the top of the Pacific Division and the Western Conference and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.
Kraken have been led by great offenseThe Kraken are off to a great start to the season led by a dominant offense that is scoring 3.47 goals per game with 14 goals in the last three games. Andre Burakovsky, Jordan Eberle, and Matthew Beniers have scored 16 goals and 31 assists to lead the top two lines but the rest of the offense has also been great. Jaden Schwartz, Jared McCann, and Brandon Tanev have combined for 18 goals and 18 assists while defensemen Vince Dunn and Justin Schultz have added six goals and 17 assists from the blue line to overwhelm opposing defenses.
The offense has led the way but the defense has also stepped up, allowing only 2.84 goals per game. Vince Dunn and Adam Larsson have combined for 2.9 defensive point shares and 61 blocked shots while Carson Soucy, William Borgen, and Justin Schultz have combined for 2.3 defensive point shares to add depth to the unit. In addition, goaltender Martin Jones has stepped up in the net with a .906 save percentage and a 2.49 goals-against average on 394 shots.
Golden Knights have been playing well on both ends of the iceThe Golden Knights are having a great season with their offense stepping up and scoring 3.67 goals per game with nine goals in the last two games. Jack Eichel has scored 11 goals and 15 assists while Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone have added 15 goals and 22 assists to the top two lines but the entire offense has been great this season. Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, and William Karlsson have combined for 22 goals and 23 assists while defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore have added six goals and 29 assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has been dominant but the defense has also stepped up, allowing only 2.48 goals per game. Shea Theodore and Brayden McNabb have combined for 3.2 defensive point shares and 75 blocked shots while Alec Martinez and Shea Theodore have combined for 2.7 defensive point shares to give the Golden Knights two great defensive pairings. Additionally, goaltender Adin Hill has been great in the net with a .909 save percentage and a 2.55 goals-against average on 198 shots.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This is going to be a great game between two of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Kraken are having a great season but the Golden Knights, who are on a two-game winning streak, look to step up and control this game on their home ice. The Golden Knights, who average 3.67 goals per game, should pile on the goals with Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, and the rest of the forward unit controlling the puck in the offensive zone and creating open shots with quick passes while Alex Pietrangelo generates shots on the net from the blue line. The Golden Knights, who allow only 2.48 goals per game, should also limit the Kraken offense with Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden McNabb, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Adin Hill to make plenty of big saves. The Golden Knights should win the game and cover the spread in a dominant win on their home ice.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have great defenses that can easily make this game a low-scoring one. However, both the Kraken and Golden Knights have been led by their offenses, and both forward units look poised to pile on the goals. The Kraken, who average 3.47 goals per game, should create plenty of scoring chances with Andre Burakovsky, Jordan Eberle, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots with quick passes. The Golden Knights, who have scored nine goals in the last two games, should run up the score with Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, Reilly Smith, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the rush and creating open shots with great puck movement while Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore generate shots on the net from the blue line. The Over should cover in a high-scoring game with both offenses stepping up.
Take the Over on 6.5 goals.