Knights at Kings NHL Betting Prediction & Game 4 Pick – April 17th
I’m right more than I’m wrong as a sports handicapper, but I’ll admit I was wrong on the Vegas Golden Knights. I thought the Los Angeles Kings would raise their game in the playoffs and upset the Pacific Division Knights in their first-ever postseason. Alas, Vegas goes for the four-game sweep in L.A. on Tuesday. The Kings are slight NHL betting favorites to extend the series.
Knights at Kings NHL Betting Prediction & Game 4 Pick
When: Tuesday, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, L.A.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 1340 AM (Vegas) / 790 AM (LA)
Opening NHL Lines: Kings -125, Knights +105 (5)
Why Bet on Vegas?
Why not? This is clearly not your typical expansion team. The Knights took Game 1 1-0, Game 2 2-1 in OT and Game 3 in L.A. on Sunday 3-2. William Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s win. The Golden Knights scored goals 21 seconds apart to give themselves a two-goal lead with five minutes left in regulation. A late Kings goal made the game interesting. It was Karlsson’s third career playoff goal and he has four points in eight career postseason games.
Reilly Smith set up Karlsson for the game winner. Smith had 22 goals and 60 points in 68 regular season games and picked up his second assist in the playoffs as he outworked the Kings in the corner and found Karlsson.
James Neal also scored. He put a great move on a Kings defender before sniping home his first goal of the post-season. The 30-year-old forward has picked up two points in three playoff games so far and he now has 26 goals and 46 points in 83 career postseason games.
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed two goals on 39 shots. Fleury had a stellar game and had no chance on either of the Kings’ goals tonight. Fleury has a career 65-51 post-season record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage.
What’s the Bad News Within the Vegas Locker Room?
The news isn’t all good for Vegas. Erik Haula could face a disciplinary hearing after punching Kings forward Anze Kopitar during Game 3. Haula took a cross-check from Kopitar and responded by throwing a punch towards the Kings’ captain that appeared to connect the butt-end of his stick with Kopitar’s face. No penalty was called on the play. The Kings were furious that Haula wasn’t penalized, especially after the Kings lost star defenseman to Game 2 because of suspension.
“We get a guy suspended for making a hockey play, and he butt ends one of the best players in the world in the face with the butt end of his stick,” Kings coach John Stevens said. “So, if I was confused before, I’m bewildered now. That’s an intent-to-injure play. I don’t like hard hockey – I love hard hockey. Good, honest, hard hockey, I love it. Kopitar’s about as tough of a guy as you can find. You guys make the judgement, because it’s a bunch of B.S., to be honest with you.”
Why Bet on LA Kings?
Anze Kopitar scored a goal and picked up an assist in Sunday’s 3 loss. Kopitar picked up an assist on Alex Iafallo’s opening goal and followed that up by redirecting Oscar Fantenberg’s shot to get the Kings to within one goal with just over two minutes left in regulation. It was a tough loss for the Kings who had the 1-0 lead into the third period.
Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 26 shots. Quick had a 1-0 lead until Cody Eakin got the Golden Knights on the board 6:10 into the third period. From there, the flood gates appeared to open and Vegas was able to get another two goals 21 seconds apart to come away with the win.
LA has three goals in three games and has been unsuccessful at figuring out Marc-Andre Fleury.
“We’re down, but we’re not out,” Kopitar said. “There’s at least one game left to be played. We’ve got to start with winning one and we’ll go from there.”
How Well Have the Kings Done in the Series?
With their speed and skill, the Knights have been able to flummox the Kings and have taken away their possession game, largely because they have the puck most of the time.
In 2014, the Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing 3-0 when they defeated the San Jose Sharks in seven games in the first round. Los Angeles also had an NHL-best 12 wins in the regular season when trailing after the first period and 20 wins when allowing the first goal, second most behind the Boston Bruins.
Because each of three games in the series has been decided by one goal, the Kings feel confident. By comparison, when the Kings trailed the Sharks 3-0 in 2014 San Jose won the first two games in that series by a combined score of 13-5, but the Kings outscored the Sharks 18-5 in the final four games.
Latest NHL Betting Trends
- Vegas is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
- Vegas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Vegas’s last 21 games
- Los Angeles is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
- Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles’s last 6 games when playing Vegas
Expert NHL Betting Prediction
The Kings could easily be leading this series. Take LA to extend it.