Los Angeles Kings (16-20-6, seventh in the West Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (30-9-4, first in the West Division) Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -358, Kings +277; over/under is 0 BOTTOM LINE: Nathan MacKinnon and Colorado square off against Los Angeles. MacKinnon is fifth in the NHL with 53 points, scoring 17 goals and recording 36 assists. The Avalanche are 30-9-4 in division matchups. Colorado is the NHL leader with 6.4 assists per game, led by MacKinnon averaging 0.9. The Kings are 16-20-6 against the rest of their division. Los Angeles has given up 19 power-play goals, killing 84.4% of opponent chances. In their last meeting on March 14, Colorado won 4-1. TOP PERFORMERS: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 53 points, scoring 17 goals and registering 36 assists. Mikko Rantanen has 13 points over the last 10 games for Colorado. Matt Roy leads the Kings with a plus-three in 30 games this season. Trevor Moore has three goals over the last 10 games for Los Angeles. LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 9-1-0, averaging 4.1 goals, 7.4 assists, 5.8 penalties and 15.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .903 save percentage. Kings: 3-7-0, averaging 2.3 goals, 3.5 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with an .891 save percentage. INJURIES: Avalanche: Bowen Byram: day to day (health protocols), Logan O'Connor: out (lower body), Matt Calvert: out (undisclosed), Dennis Gilbert: out (face), Philipp Grubauer: day to day (health protocols). Kings: Tobias Bjornfot: day to day (upper body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek both collected one goal and two assists to pace the visiting Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Mark Stone and Alex Tuch netted one goal and one assist apiece in the win, and Chandler Stephenson and Alex Pietrangelo added goals as the Golden Knights won their fourth straight game.
LOS ANGELES — Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek each had a goal and two assists, Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on Wednesday night. Fleury got his 485th win, breaking a tie with Ed Belfour for fourth place in NHL history. Alex Tuch, Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Golden Knights, who have won four straight. They went 6-2-0 in the eight-game season series against Los Angeles. Trevor Moore scored twice in his first multigoal game for the Kings, who have lost nine of 12. Jonathan Quick was replaced after allowing three goals on eight shots in the first period, and Cal Petersen made 21 saves in relief. Picking up where they left off in a 4-2 win over the Kings on Monday, the Golden Knights highlighted their speed and transition play to take a 1-0 lead 7:18 into the game. Nosek kept the puck during a 2-on-1 rush to beat Quick with a wrist shot to the near post from the right circle, scoring his eighth goal. Tuch made it 2-0 at 11:04 in nearly identical fashion, beating Quick to his glove side with a wrist shot off the rush with just under 9 minutes left in the opening period.. The Kings cut it to 2-1 with 6:22 remaining when Moore scored on a power play, but Quick misplayed Pacioretty’s dump in from outside the blue line to put the Golden Knights back up 3-1 less than two minutes later. Stephenson made it 4-1 with 4:13 left in the second, scoring on a breakaway set up by Pacioretty’s clever tip pass at the blue line. Moore got the Kings back within 4-2 with 1:38 to go in the middle period when Kempe found him with a stretch pass to set up a 2-on-1 rush. Stone buried a one-timer from Pacioretty to put the Golden Knights up 5-2 at 5:30 of the third. Pietrangelo made it 6-2 at 10:53 when his shot took an awkward deflection off Brendan Lemieux’s stick. CLOSING IN Fleury needs four more wins to tie Roberto Luongo’s 489 for third place in NHL history. GOOD START Mattias Janmark had an assist in his first game for Vegas after being acquired from Chicago in a trade Monday. He was a plus-two in 15:25, playing on the third line with Nosek and Tuch. UP NEXT Golden Knights: At Anaheim on Friday. Kings: At Colorado on Friday. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press