Kings are Underdogs in NHL Lines in Game 2 vs. Golden Knights

Posted by Jordan Walters on Thursday,April 12, 2018 4:01, EDT in

The Vegas Golden Knights had an expansion regular season for the ages, but the playoffs are a different thing entirely. The Knights held serve in Game 1, though, against the Pacific Division-rival LA Kings in Game 1 and the two face off in Sin City on Friday night before the series shifts to Los Angeles. Vegas heads into Game 2 as the favorites in the NHL lines.

How to Bet Kings at Golden Knights NHL Lines & TV Info – Game 2

When: Friday, 10 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
TV: NBC Sports Network
Stream: NHL.tv
Radio:  790 AM (LA) / 1340 AM (Vegas)
Opening NHL Lines: Knights -152, Kings +137 (5)

Why Bet on Los Angeles?

The Kings allowed the fewest goals in the NHL this season and gave up just one in Game 1 vs. the Golden Knights but that was enough to lose 1-0. Jonathan Quick allowed the one past him on 28 shots in Wednesday’s Game 1 loss at Vegas in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Quick was beaten by Golden Knights rearguard Shea Theodore early in the first period.

Dustin Brown finished scoreless with two shots on goal, a blocked shot, a minor penalty and six hits. Brown had a great chance in the third period but he lifted it over the wide-open cage. The good news from this one is that he was briefly shaken up and forced to the room after a blocked shot, but he returned. Brown’s bounce-back campaign helped push the Kings back into the postseason as the veteran notched 61 points and played his highest ice time per game since 2012-13 (19:50). Brown’s resurgence helped push Anze Kopitar to a career-high 92 points.

Kopitar took some positives from the Kings’ Game 1 loss: “Yeah, I mean, obviously, a 1-0 game is maybe a little tougher to swallow than anything else. But I thought we played a solid game. Definitely had chances. I mean, I had two really good myself. And we’ve just gotta cash in on them. So we know we can play better and we’re going to have to play better in Game 2 if we want to go home with a split.”

However, L.A. could be without one of the NHL’s best defensemen for Game 2 as the NHL Department of Player Safety has scheduled a hearing with Drew Doughty for his check to the head of Vegas’ William Carrier during Game 1 on Wednesday. Doughty injured Carrier on the play. Doughty’s shoulder did appear to make significant contact with Carrier’s head, but it did look like Doughty was going for a shoulder-to-shoulder check.

The incident occurred at 9:59 of the third period at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. There was no penalty assessed on the play. The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head.

Why Bet on Vegas?

Is Vegas a safe bet in Game 2 vs. the Kings?

The Golden Knights showed that they can win a grinding playoff game – obviously their first-ever postseason victory — against Quick, not to mention battle-tested veterans including Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots in the 1-0 win. A physical, nasty contest, with the Kings being credited with 69 hits versus 58 from the Golden Knights.

It was Fleury’s 63rd NHL playoff win, tying him with Curtis Joseph for 12th on the all-time list. It was his 11th postseason shutout, moving him to 10th all-time. His 11th postseason shutout, moving him to 10th all-time.

Shea Theodore potted the only goal. He tacked on a plus-1 rating with three shots on net, two blocked shots and a hit, too. Tomas Nosek posted an assist and a plus-1 rating. Nosek etched his name into the record books as he picked up the first-ever assist in Vegas postseason history on Theodore’s marker early in the first period.

Vegas became the fourth NHL team to have a playoff shutout in its inaugural season, joining the New York Rangers (1927), the St. Louis Blues (1968) and Kings (1968). The Rangers and Blues also had shutouts in their playoff debuts.

Oscar Lindberg was a healthy scratch in Game 1. Lindberg hasn’t served as a healthy scratch since Feb. 17. He had nine goals and two assists in 63 games for the Golden Knights during the regular season. Brad Hunt, Ryan Reaves and Dylan Ferguson also were scratched. David Perron and Luca Sbisa were out due to injury. Perron is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. He missed the last six games of the regular season due to the ailment.

Latest NHL Lines Trends

  • Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
  • Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Golden Knights are 11-1 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Vegas is 19-7 in their last 26 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Vegas is 29-11 in their last 40 home games.
  • Under is 9-1 in Kings last 10 Friday games.

Expert NHL Betting Prediction

In many ways, the Kings were the better tam in Game 1. I like L.A. to even it up Friday.