Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Pick – December 28

The NHL is back after their short pause and will have a small slate of action on December 28. Three games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Los Angeles Kings. These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.

Vegas has earned a record of 20-12-0 to start out this season, which has them sitting in the top spot of the Pacific division. The Golden Knights are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a five game winning streak. Vegas has been on a roll as of late, avoiding back to back losses throughout the month of December. The Golden Knights will look to keep that streak alive with a win on the road.

The Kings have put up a record of 14-11-5 to open up the season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific division. Los Angeles is coming off a win before the pause and have won four of their last six. The Kings will look to pick up where they left off with a big win. I expect Los Angeles to come out fast at home on Tuesday night.

These two teams have been solid throughout the early portion of this season and will look for a big two points on Tuesday night. The Golden Knights have been the better team overall this season and will look to bounce back. Los Angeles will look to get the home crowd into it early. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Vegas Golden Knights -1 ½ (+165) -138 Over 5 ½ (-118)
Los Angeles Kings +1 ½ (-190) +125 Under 5 ½ (+107)

 

Team Data Vegas Golden Knights Los Angeles Kings
Overall Record 20-12-0 14-11-5
Away/ Home Record 10-5-0 8-6-2
Goals Per Game 3.47 2.63
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.53 2.88
Save Percentage .901 .916
Save Percentage Away/ Home .909 .914

Betting Trends

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 8-3 in December
  • 4-3 on Tuesday nights
  • 0-3 when playing on three or more days of rest
  • 5-4 against division
  • 10-3 after non-Conference game
  • 10-4 against team with losing record

Los Angeles Kings

  • 5-4 in December
  • 1-3 on Tuesday nights
  • 0-1 when playing on three or more days of rest
  • 2-3 against division
  • 8-5 after non-Conference game
  • 8-10 when playing team with winning record

These two teams met up once this season on October 14. Shea Theodore opened up the scoring for the Golden Knights, but it was not enough. Anze Kopitar had three goals and two assists, while Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists. Cal Petersen finished with 23 saves on 25 shots as Los Angeles earned a 6-2 win to open up their season.

Special Teams

The Golden Knights have struggled on special teams early in the season. Vegas has scored on 15 of their 78 power play chances, which is a 19.2 percent power play. The Golden Knights have killed off 70 of their opponents 91 power play attempts, which is a 76.9 percent kill rate. Vegas is 15th on the power play and 25th on the kill.

Los Angeles has not been great on special teams this season either. The Kings have capitalized on 17 of their 98 power play opportunities, which is a 17.4 percent success rate. Los Angeles has given up 19 power play goals on 84 penalties against, which is a 77.4 percent penalty kill. The Kings are 23rd on the man advantage and 24th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have not been great on special teams throughout this season. Vegas has a slight edge on the power play, while the Kings have been a bit better on the penalty kill. Both teams will look to change things up with their power play though, to earn the win. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Laurent Brossoit will likely get the start in the crease for Vegas in this one. Brossoit has earned a record of 6-3 throughout his 11 games played this season. He has posted a .904 save percentage and a GAA of 2.72 in those matchups. Brossoit’s last start was against the Tamp Bay Lightning. He finished with 15 saves on 19 shots in the loss.

I expect Garret Sparks to get the nod in net for the Kings on Tuesday night. Sparks has started once this season, earning a win in that matchup. He faced off against the Washington Capitals in that game. Sparks stopped 33 of the 35 shots against in route to a .943 save percentage. He will look to build on that performance in this one.

These two goalies have been solid this season. Sparks was signed to Los Angeles to help step in and delivered in his first matchup. The Golden Knights will look for Brossoit to step up on Tuesday night. If either goalie can earn some big saves early in this one, it could be enough to give their team the momentum and the win.

Pick Overview

The Golden Knights have been one of the hottest teams throughout the month of December and will look to finish strong. Los Angeles was able to knock off Vegas earlier this season. The Golden Knights will be missing some key players due to COVID and will be without their head coach. The Kings will look to use this to their advantage at home.

BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -138 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 58 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Vegas missing some important pieces. If Los Angeles can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win at home.

The Bet
Los Angeles Kings
+125
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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