los angeles kings vs vegas golden knights predictions and preview

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NHL los angeles kings vs vegas golden knights predictions and preview


 

 

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Vegas opened its 2021-22 NHL regular season with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken. Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals for Vegas in the victory while Chandler Stephenson and Jonathan Marchessault were the other two goal scorers for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in net for Vegas. Vegas squandered a 3-0 lead and needed a goal midway through the third period to preserve the win. Vegas will play without Mattias Janmark and Alex Tuch, while William Carrier, Brett Howden and Nicholas Roy are questionable

Los Angeles was 21-28-7 with 49 points last season finishing sixth in the West division. The Kings did not make the playoffs. Anze Kopitar was the points leader for the Kings with 13 goals and 37 assists in 56 games. During the off-season Los Angeles added Phillip Danualt, Viktor Arvidsson and Alexander Edler. The Kings lost Kurtis MacDermid and Matt Luff. Los Angeles will play without Lias Andersson, Andreas Athanasiou, Quinton Byfield and Olli Maatta, while Jonathan Quick is questionable.

 

Vegas Blue Line Must Tighten up

Vegas opened its regular season with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken but the Golden Knights blue line did not play as well as expected as they gave up 2 goals in the second period to the expansion Kraken and an early goal during the third period. Vegas failed to score on each of its three power-play opportunities, but the penalty-kill unit was up to its task on opening night, holding Kraken scoreless in each of their three power-play opportunities.

 

Vegas received excellent production from its top line of Stone, Pacioretty and Stephenson as the 3 generated 8 points. After just one game of the regular season Max Pacioretty is the leading goal scorer for Vegas with 2 and Mark Stone is the leader in assists with 3. Stone and Pacioretty share the Vegas lead in points with three each. Robin Lehner is 1-0-0 with a goals-against average of 3.01 and save percentage of .903. 

Los Angeles is a mix of young and old

The Los Angeles Kings will play in a Pacific Division that is expected to be weak and includes the expansion Seattle Kraken, which could give Los Angeles an opportunity to reach the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. The Kings are a mix of veterans and young talent. During the offseason, the Kings added Viktor Arvidsson and Phillip Danault to the corps of veteran forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Quick. Arvidsson could end up being the biggest addition to the Kings this season. In 2018-19 with Nashville, the forward scored 34 goals.

 

The Kings have a number of young talented players including defenseman Tobias Bjornfot and Mikey Anderson along with forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Gabriel Vilardi. The Kings also have talented NHL prospects Alex Turcotte, Quinton Byfield (injured) and Arthur Kaliyev. Goalie Calvin Peterson will share duties with Quick, but is the Kings’ No. 1 netminder entering the season. Last season Peterson started 32 games while Quick started 22 and Peterson was 9-18-5 with a goals-against average of 2.89 and save percentage of .911.





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