Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Kraken vs. Golden Knights NHL Odds
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(0-0) Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, October 12th
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas NV
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Kraken +210 | Golden Knights -250
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Golden Knights -1.5 (EVEN)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
On paper it would seem pretty tough being an NHL expansion team, having to pick your players from unprotected rosters around the league as well as through free agency. The Seattle Kraken shouldn’t complain in their NHL debut though, because the team across the ice had 100+ points and made the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural year back in 2017-18.
The Golden Knights are old NHL stalwarts now as they enter year five of franchise history. Vegas made some changes in net in the offseason letting Marc-Andre Fleury head to Chicago yet oddsmakers have the Golden Knights as -241 favorites as Robin Lehner mans the pipe full time for the team.
It’s hard enough for Seattle to build chemistry with a bunch of guys that have never played together before, but it’s really tough when up tol five guys are lost to COVID protocols.
LW Jared McCann, LW Marcus Johansson, RW Joonas Donskoi, D Jamie Oleksiak, and C Cale Jarnkrok are all in danger of missing the season opener after COVID contact tracing has forced them into quarantine. That’s not an ideal situation as former Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol makes his Kraken debut.
A lot of the COVID losses for Seattle in their opener are on offense, but this team’s identity seems like it will be built on their defense. The team was able to essentially pull of a heist by snagging former Avalanche goaltender Phillip Grubauer in free agency, as he ended up finishing 3rd in Vezina Trophy voting last year as the league’s best goaltender.
The stage is set. Your city. Your team.
Seattle, it's time. pic.twitter.com/3VAGUuRXBf
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 21, 2021
Perhaps another asset from Grubauer getting the start is that he’s got plenty of experience vs. Vegas when a member of the Avalanche. Grubauer went 4-2 with a 1.86 GA/G average vs. the Golden Knights last season.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights enter their 5th season in the league and something you might see this year is Vegas get very bored. This is a team that has seen a lot of success early, so they’re really just playing for the postseason (which seems like a given) and to get over the hump for a Stanley Cup win.
The Golden Knights are priced pretty hefty on Tuesday night at -241 but they were tied with Colorado for the league lead in points last season. Vegas was also 21-5-2 on their own ice so it’s a tough atmosphere for Seattle to come in and get their first win in franchise history.
Vegas had the #2 defense in the NHL in goals against last season but they’ll look a lot different in 2021 with Marc-Andre Fleury off to hicago in the offseason. Fleury had a 1.98 GAA last year but it’s Robin Lehner who takes over after a fairly successful 13-4, 2.29 GAA last year in his own rights.
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Free Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights NHL Prediction:
The very easy play here would be to take the Golden Knights at home against a team stricken by COVID protocols and in their first game ever. There’s no value on Vegas at -241 though considering Grubauer is a pretty solid goaltender for Seattle.
Vegas at the -1.5 puck line has even betting odds as well and screams to stay away in the season opener.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: UNDER 5.5
For whatever reason this seems like a 1-0 or 2-1 game with a couple of solid goaltenders and the fact that teams are playing in their 1st game of the season and may not have the respective offenses clicking yet.
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