A three-game winning streak takes the Vegas Golden Knights (2nd in West Division) to their second straight trip to Los Angeles, where the local Kings (7th in the West) have managed to win just one of their last five domestic contests.
Knights Win Third In SuccessionThe Vegas Golden Knights (28-11-2) pocketed their third consecutive victory and fourth in the last five outings (4-1-0) after beating the Los Angeles Kings with a count of 4-2 at Staples Center on Monday. The Knights allowed the game’s opener at 9:41 of the first period and went 2-0 down midway through the following frame before banking two snipes, including a shorty, ahead of the second intermission, adding two more markers, including a power-play goal, in the final third. Nicolas Roy (3 goals, 9 points this year), Mark Stone (13 goals, 44 points), Alex Tuch (14 goals, 25 points) and Max Pacioretty (20 goals, 37 points) all scored for Vegas, with the latter banking his 300th NHL snipe.
Don’t call it a—https://t.co/kVj4mEU8aC— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 13, 2021
Goalie Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots on Monday to take his current performance total to 9-1-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.31 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Marc-Andre Fleury (18-10-0 on the season with a 2.09 GAA and a .925 save percentage), though, is expected to patrol the crease for Vegas on Wednesday, having registered a 10-8-4 career record against Los Angeles with a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The Golden Knights are 7th in most goals scored per game this year (3.22), top of the league in least goals conceded on average (2.24), 24th in power play (17.7%) and 2nd best in penalty kill (85.2%).
Kings Lose Second In ThreeA second defeat in their last three fixtures (1-2-0) and eighth setback in their past 11 contests (3-8-0) was on the cards for the Los Angeles Kings (16-19-6), who started their two-game domestic set against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 4-2 loss at Staples Center on Monday. The Kings were outshot 41-28, went just 1-for-2 on penalty kill and failed to convert on all four of their opportunities with the man-advantage, ultimately squandering a 2-0 second-period lead after allowing two goals in each of the last two periods. Austin Wagner (4 goals, 8 points this year) and Anze Kopitar (9 goals, 43 points) both scored for L.A., which has lost four of its past five home games (1-4-0).
Todd McLellan recaps tonight's effort ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/8314ORc0Nm— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 13, 2021
Goalie Calvin Petersen brushed aside 37 shots on Monday and has now gone 7-11-4 for the current campaign with a 2.70 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Jonathan Quick (8-8-2 on the season with a 2.93 GAA and a .894 save percentage), though, is set to return to the cage for Los Angeles on Wednesday, having picked up a 4-6-1 past tally against the Golden Knights with a 3.54 GAA and a .891 save percentage. The Kings are 12th in least goals scored per game this year (2.71), 15th in most goals conceded on average (2.93), 14th in power play (20.9%) and 3rd best in penalty kill (84.3%).
Vegas (according to Covers.com)
- Golden Knights are 10-3 in their last 13 games as a road favorite.
- Golden Knights are 12-5 in their last 17 games following a win.
Los Angeles (according to Covers.com)
- Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
- Kings are 3-8 in their last 11 overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
After losing three games in a row from March 31 onward, the Golden Knights have now collected four victories in their last five outings, seemingly looking to be returning to their best. Three of those four wins have already been achieved by more than just one goal, with six of eight previous victories by Vegas all coming by a margin of at least two markers. The Kings, who have already dropped five of their last seven overall contests against the Knights, losing by more than just one strike on four occasions, have been beaten by at least two goals in six of their previous seven defeats. So, do bank on Vegas to snatch another hefty win in the City of Angels!
Full-Game Total Pick
Nine of the previous 12 head-to-head encounters between Vegas and Los Angeles have all finished on the high-scoring side, averaging no less than 6.67 snipes per matchup. So, expecting another contest rich in goals is definitely not the worst of propositions! Five of the last six Wednesday outings of the Golden Knights, as well as six of their previous eight fixtures as road favorites, have already cruised past the five-goal barrier. The most recent five overall games of the Kings, meanwhile, have all seen at least six strikes on the scoresheet, recording an average of 6.60 tallies per clash.