The 2023-24 NHL season is about one month old, and the first 20-something days of play have shed some light on the good, the bad and the ugly of all 32 teams.
Two of the top teams in the hockey league’s Western Conference are the Los Angeles Kings (7-2-2) and the Vegas Golden Knights (11-1-1), the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The two teams face off on Wednesday night for the second of three matchups scheduled this season. Vegas won the previous clash, 4-3, in a shootout.
The Golden Knights are trying to bounce back from their first regulation loss of the season on Saturday – 4-2 to the Ducks in Anaheim – while the Kings are coming off a 5-0 shutout of the Flyers.
As things currently stand, Vegas leads the entire NHL with 23 points. Los Angeles is fourth in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division with 16.
Early NHL trends: Hot starts by Vegas and Boston and a historically bad start for San Jose
Golden Knights vs. Kings predictions roundup
Winners and Whiners: Vegas in position for a home win
Bosun Akinpelu writes, “The Kings have done a good job of killing penalties, but they haven’t been as good defensively on the road. They gave up four goals on their own home ice when they faced the Golden Knights last month… The Golden Knights are great at killing penalties and they aren’t giving up a lot of goals at home, holding their last three opponents to four goals, so expect them to keep Los Angeles’ offense in check. Go with Vegas to cover the money idly.”
FanDuel Research: Probability favors the Golden Knights
“prediction: Golden Knights win (54.7%)”
Bleacher Nation: Expect lots of offense, Golden Knights win
Brian Twining writes, “We anticipate the Golden Knights (-130 on the moneyline) to score the win over the Kings (+110 on the moneyline). Moving to the total, we prefer the over at 6 goals.”
NHL betting: Kings @ Golden Knights line, odds
The Golden Knights are favorites to defeat the Kings, according to the BetMGM NHL odds.
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- Spread: Golden Knights (-1.5)
- Moneylines: Golden Knights (-135); Kings (+110)
- Over/under: 6
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Golden Knights vs. Kings injury news
All injury news per ESPN.
Vegas Golden Knights:
|Nicolas Hague||D||Lower-body injury||Day-to-day|
|Isaiah Saville||G||Undisclosed||Injured reserve|
|Daniil Miromanov||C||Undisclosed||Injured reserve|
Los Angeles Kings:
|Viktor Arvidsson||LW||Back||Injured reserve – “month-to-month”|
How to watch Kings @ Golden Knights: TV channel and streaming
When: 10 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cable TV: TNT
Streaming: B/R Sports on Max; FuboTV
How to watch: Catch the latest hockey action with a Fubo subscription
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