The NHL’s domestic opening night concludes at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Kings play host to the Vegas Golden Knights at 10:08 p.m. EST.
Last season saw the Kings return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season. Los Angeles tallied an impressive 99 points last season and have only improved. The addition of Kevin Fiala to its top line and the playoff experience its young stars received from its seven-game battle with the Edmonton Oilers will only help Los Angeles. The expectations should be to win a playoff series for the Kings.
The Golden Knights failed to properly manipulate the salary cap last season and it, paired with some injuries, caused Las Vegas to miss the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Vegas had to trade away key pieces like Max Pacioretty for next to nothing to stay under the salary cap this season. This Knights team isn’t as loaded as in years past but is still a playoff-caliber team.
Last season, these teams split the season series, with Los Angeles taking four of eight points and Vegas taking five of eight points due to one of its losses coming in overtime. These teams also averaged 7.5 combined goals per game in its four head-to-head matchups last season. The probable goaltenders are Johnathan Quick for Los Angeles, while it is still a toss up between Logan Thompson and Laurent Brossoit for Vegas.