Vegas Golden Knights vs Seattle Kraken NHL Pick – April 1

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of action on April 1.  Seven games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Seattle Kraken. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, btu will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Vegas has earned a record of 37-28-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Pacific division. The Golden Knights have won three games in a row and five of their last seven. Vegas has a one point lead on the final wild card spot, but has played four extra games. The Golden Knights will look for a big win in this one.

The Kraken have put up a record of 21-40-6 so far this season, which has them in last place of the Pacific division. Seattle is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last five. The Kraken have been eliminated from the playoffs, but will look to get going early in this one. I expect Seattle to try and set the pace early at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Golden Knights have been picking up their play, but still find themselves in danger of missing the playoffs. Seattle will look to play spoiler down the stretch. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Vegas Golden Knights -1 ½ (+145) -165 Over 6 (-105)
Seattle Kraken +1 ½ (-170) +140 Under 6 (-115)

 

Team Data Vegas Golden Knights Seattle Kraken
Overall Record 37-28-4 21-40-6
Away/ Home Record 17-15-1 11-19-3
Goals Per Game 3.12 2.60
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.85 2.58
Save Percentage .901 .879
Save Percentage Away/ Home .900 .874

Betting Trends

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 5-5 on Friday nights
  • 13-6 against divisional opponent
  • 6-12 after a divisional game
  • 0-2 after a shutout win
  • 12-9 after a win by two or more goals
  • 2-5 after three or more straight wins
  • 19-11 against team with a losing record

Seattle Kraken

  • 2-3 on Friday nights
  • 5-15 against divisional opponents
  • 6-13 after a divisional game
  • 11-20 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 5-8 after scoring one goal or less
  • 12-28 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times on the season. Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist as the Golden Knights earned a 4-3 win on October 12. Reilly Smith had two goals, while Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist. Vegas won the second meeting 4-2. Logan Thompson stopped all 22 shots he faced in the third game on March 30 as the Golden Knights grabbed a 3-0 win.

Special Teams

The Golden Knights have struggled a bit on special teams this season. Vegas has scored on 34 of their 181 power play chances, which is an 18.8 percent power play. The Golden Knights have killed off 144 of their opponents 183 power play attempts, which is a 78.7 percent kill rate. Vegas is 24th on the power play and 17th on the kill this season.

Seattle has struggled even more on special teams this season. The Kraken have capitalized on 27 of their 181 power play opportunities, which is 14.9 percent success rate. Seattle has given up 47 power play goals on 179 penalties against, which is a 73.7 percent penalty kill. The Kraken are 29th on the man advantage and penalty kill.

These two teams have struggled on special teams, but Vegas has the better unit on both sides. The Golden Knights will look to use their special teams to their advantage in this one. Seattle will look to step up early and stay out of the box. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Logan Thompson will likely get the start in the net for Vegas on Friday night. Thompson has started in 10 games this season, going 6-4-0 in those outings. He has posted a .920 save percentage and a GAA of 2.61 in his starts. Thompson finished with a 22 shot shutout in his last start against Seattle, which was enough for a big win.

I expect Philipp Grubauer to get the nod between the pies for the Kraken in this one. Grubauer has earned a record of 15-27-5 throughout his 47 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .889 and a 3.19 GAA in those games played. Grubauer’s last start was against the Los Angeles Kings. He stopped 23 of 27 shots in the loss.

These two goalies have had opposite seasons so far. Thompson has picked up his play winning three games in a row, including a shutout in his last start. Grubauer has won three of his last five starts. Both goalies will look to get locked in early. If either goalie can come out fast, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win in this one. The Golden Knights earned a win against Seattle on Wednesday night and will look to carry that momentum into this one. I expect the Kraken to avoid the season series sweep though. If Seattle can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Bovada has the Golden Knights listed as a -165 against the money line in this one. This implies that Vegas will win this game around 62.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with it being a back to back matchup. Seattle will look to change things up after the shut out. As big underdogs at home, I like the value on the Kraken.

The Bet
Seattle Kraken
+140
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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