NHL Betting Pick for Playoffs Game 3 Between Vegas & Los Angeles
After putting up a really solid effort in their 1-0 Game 1 loss to Vegas on Wednesday night and heading into Friday night’s Game 2 matchup with plenty of hope, the Los Angeles Kings will have plenty of motivation to get the win in Game 3 when they take to their home ice. If you want to know whether the Kings will get the win or suffer what would likely be a crushing loss, let’s find out right now thanks to my expert NHL betting preview and prediction. Don’t forget to check the latest hockey odds before placing your wagering ticket.
Golden Knights vs. Kings Playoffs Game 3 NHL Betting Pick
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) 9 de abril de 2018
- When: Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Betting Odds: TBA
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Score: Vegas Golden Knights 2.20 / Los Angeles Kings 2.20
- Shots: Vegas Golden Knights 37.60 / Los Angeles Kings 32.20
- Power Play Goals: Vegas Golden Knights 0 / Los Angeles Kings 3
- Number of Power Plays: Vegas Golden Knights 16 / Los Angeles Kings 15
- Power Play Percentage: Vegas Golden Knights 0.00 / Los Angeles Kings 20.00
- Penalty Kill Percentage: Vegas Golden Knights 80.00 / Los Angeles Kings 100.00
Why Bet on Vegas in Game 3?
Why bet on Vegas on the road in Game 3? Well, because the Golden Knights have a bunch of heady veterans that won’t be flustered because they’re on the road. Second, Vegas has the much better offense after finishing the regular season ranked a fantastic fifth in scoring (3.3 gpg). And last but not least, because they have an excellent defense that finished the regular season ranked eighth in goals allowed (2.7 gpg) and a veteran goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury that has played at an all-star level all season long.
“It’s another first for our organization, it’s a big playoff game and I love the way our team responded,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “Both goalies made some real key saves. It really wasn’t a 1-0 game, it was probably a 4-3 game for somebody, but the goaltending was excellent. Everybody had a big part of us winning the hockey game tonight.
Fleury made 30 saves for his 11th career playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period to help the Knights win the franchise’s first-ever playoff game.
“They’re a big team, they like to shoot from the points with a lot of guys in front of the net and trying to screen and tip pucks; maybe I got a few little more sticks in my legs than the (regular) season and my face, but it’s all part of the playoffs,” Fleury said. “I felt good, but my teammates were great also. They helped me out a lot, blocking shots and grabbing guys in front of the net, so it makes my job a little easier.”
Why Bet on Los Angeles in Game 3?
Why should you bet on the Kings in game 3? Well, there are a few good reasons. First, L.A. split the regular season series with Vegas at two games apiece. Second, their two wins both came by at least two goals while Vegas’ pair of victories both came in overtime.
Last but certainly not least, Los Angeles ranked first in all of hockey in goals allowed by limiting the opposition to just 2.5 goals per game.
The Kings, who were 0 for 3 with a man advantage, blew a chance to tie it in the second period when Drew Doughty’s rebound found Dustin Brown, who was staring into an empty net 2 feet away. Unfortunately, Brown somehow misfired by lifting his shot over the goal.
“I thought our guys played hard tonight and I thought we created some opportunities to get some offense, but I think we’ve got to make it a lot tougher on (Fleury) seeing the puck,” Kings coach John Stevens said. “They’re a good offensive team, they create on the rush, they create in the zone and their power play is dangerous. So, we’re going to have to be good defensively to have success in the series.”
Latest NHL Betting Trends
- Los Angeles is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
- Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles’s last 5 games when playing Vegas
- Vegas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vegas’s last 6 games
Expert Analysis and NHL Betting Prediction
While I’ve been extremely impressed with Vegas this season and I believe they are going to win this series and really challenge for a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals, I’m going to urge you to back Los Angeles to get the home win in this contest.
The Kings went 23-15-3 at home this season and have one of the best goalies in the game today in Jonathan Quick. More importantly, they’ve played the Knights close all season long and I see no reason to believe that won’t continue to be the case in this contest. Los Angeles gets the home win by a goal NHL hockey bettors!
Pick: Vegas Golden Knights 2 – Los Angeles Kings 3