Golden Knights Keep on Surprising
The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights are set to renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights least the opening round NHL Playoffs series 1-0. With Game two set to go off tonight the Golden Knights look to stay on task.
Oddsmakers have the Golden Knights as -150-moneyline favorites versus the Kings. The game’s total is sitting at 5. The puckline has the Golden Knights -1.5 at +190 and the Kings +1.5 at -220.
TV: 10 p.m. EST, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TVAS, Prime Ticket (LA), AT&T) Sportsnet-Rocky Mountain (LV).
Kings in Trouble with Injuries and Suspensions
The Los Angeles Kings’ chances of at earning a split of their Western Conference first-round playoff road games with the Vegas Golden Knights got more difficult Thursday afternoon. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety ruled that the Kings top defenseman Drew Doughty was suspended for one game. He had “an illegal hit to the head” on Vegas forward William Carrier.
Doughty is a Norris Trophy candidate who led the league in total minutes during the regular season.
The Hit was on Vegas Forward William Carrier. Carrier had a game-high 10 hits in the contest. Doughty had several hard hits on him. He left the ice woozy with what was called an upper-body injury. The hit while carrying the puck into the right corner of the Kings’ zone was vicious.
Replays clearly showed that Doughty hit Carrier on the top of the left shoulder. The hit then continued and caught the Vegas forward in the head.
Carrier didn’t practice Thursday and was listed as day-to-day by Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant.
Doughty set career highs for assists with 50 this season. He banged out a career high in points with 60. Doughty ran his consecutive games played streak to 328 in Wednesday’s series opener. That is just two shy of the team record held by Anze Kopitar.
The timing couldn’t be worse for a Los Angeles squad that is already without defensemen Jake Muzzin and Derek Forbort.
The opener featured 127 hits, including 68 by the Kings.
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