Vegas faces Los Angeles for division showdown
Vegas Golden Knights (43-31-7, third in the Pacific Division) vs. Los Angeles Kings (30-42-9, eighth in the Pacific Division)
Los Angeles; Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Vegas takes on Los Angeles in a matchup of Pacific Division teams at Staples Center.
The Kings are 16-21-3 at home. Los Angeles is the last-ranked team in the NHL averaging 6.4 points per game. Anze Kopitar leads them with 58 total points.
The Golden Knights are 18-7-3 against the rest of their division. Vegas leads the league recording 34.4 shots per game while averaging 3.0 goals. In their last meeting on Jan. 1, Vegas won 2-0. Brandon Pirri recorded a team-high 2 points for the Golden Knights.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kopitar leads the Kings with 58 total points, scoring 21 goals and adding 37 assists. Dustin Brown has collected 8 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 4-4-2, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .902 save percentage.
Kings: 5-4-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.6 assists, 3.8 penalties and 11.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .904 save percentage.
Kings Injuries: Kurtis MacDermid: day to day (upper body).
Golden Knights Injuries: None listed.