Free NHL Picks Today: Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings 4/6/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings 4/6/23
Thu 6th April 2023

The Vegas Golden Knights (48-22-8) host the Los Angeles Kings (45-23-10) at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. Los Angeles is coming off a 3-1 loss against the Oilers on Tuesday. The Kings committed five penalties in the game, conceding two power play goals.

Viktor Arvidsson was the only player to find the net for the Kings. Pheonix Copley had a terrific performance with 30 saves (.937%) in the loss.Vegas fell 3-2 (OT) to the Predators on Tuesday.

Alex Pietrangelo was the leading goal scorer for the Golden Knights, netting twice. Jonathan Quick only had 24 saves on 27 shots against (.888%) in the loss.

HEAD TO HEAD

The Kings have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent meeting in January. Kevin Fiala (3G 0A) and Gabriel Vilardi (0G 3A) each had three points to lead Los Angeles. Jonathan Marchessault scored Vegas’ only goal. Copley got the win, saving 19 of 20 shots (.950%).

FACING OFF

Los Angeles is averaging 3.35 goals per game for the season, 10th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Golden Knights team that is allowing 2.82 goals a game (11th). Meanwhile, Vegas has found the net 3.26 times a game on average, 14th in the league, and the Kings are allowing opponents to score 3.10 goals per game (15th).

The Kings’ 24.90% power play percentage is the fourth-best in the league, while the Golden Knights rank 21st with a conversion rate of 19.90%. In terms of penalty killing, Vegas has the league’s 19th-ranked PK% at 77.01%, while Los Angeles is 25th at 75.38%.

TOP PERFORMERS:

Fiala and Anze Kopitar have been the top skaters for the Kings this season with 72 and 68 points. In the net, Copley (24-5-3) is Los Angeles’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.65 GAA and a .902% save percentage.

Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson lead the Golden Knights in scoring with 64 and 60 points, respectively. Eichel has 27 goals and 37 assists, while Stephenson has 14 goals and 46 assists. Adin Hill (16-7-1) has the best goals against average for Vegas at 2.49.

He has a save percentage of .914%. Logan Thompson (21-13-3) has played the most games in net for the Golden Knights this season. He has a 2.65 GAA and a .915% save percentage.

HOME AND AWAY

Los Angeles is 20-13-6 away from Crypto.com Arena this season. Vegas is 23-15-1 at T-Mobile Arena this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Vegas Golden Knights (-120)

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