The National Hockey League ventures to the Pacific Northwest for its annual New Year’s Day outdoor game as the reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights visit the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Park for the 2024 NHL Winter Classic on Monday. Seattle is the first West Coast city to host the contest, which debuted in Buffalo in 2008. The Kraken (14-14-9) enter with a four-game winning streak after rallying to defeat Philadelphia 2-1 in overtime on Friday. Vegas (22-10-5) edged Los Angeles 3-2 a day earlier to end its four-game skid. Seattle is playing outdoors for the first time in franchise history, while the Golden Knights lost to Colorado at Lake Tahoe in their first outdoor game in 2021.
Opening faceoff is set for 3 p.m. ET. Vegas is the -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100) in the latest Golden Knights vs. Kraken odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total goals scored is 6. Before making any Kraken vs. Golden Knights picks, check out the NHL Winter Classic 2024 predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Golden Knights vs. Kraken money line: Vegas -135, Seattle +114
- Golden Knights vs. Kraken over/under: 6 goals
- Golden Knights vs. Kraken puck line: Vegas -1.5 (+183)
- VGK: The Golden Knights have allowed more than two goals in only two of their nine all-time meetings with Seattle
- SEA: The Kraken have been outscored 11-3 in their last three matchups against Vegas
- Golden Knights vs. Kraken picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back the Golden Knights
Vegas has dominated the series since the Kraken entered the NHL in 2021-22, winning eight of the nine all-time encounters and each of the last three. The Golden Knights have outscored Seattle 34-16 overall and allowed just one goal for the third straight time when they won the season-opening meeting at home on Oct. 10. Center Chandler Stephenson scored one goal and set up another in that 4-1 triumph, giving him three tallies and seven assists in nine career meetings with the Kraken.
Jack Eichel also converted in this season’s victory and is averaging a point per game against Seattle with three goals and three assists in six career contests. The 27-year-old center leads the Golden Knights with 40 points and has registered at least one in 13 of his last 15 outings — as has captain Mark Stone, who is riding a six-game point streak. Right wing Jonathan Marchessault, who tops Vegas with 17 goals, has recorded seven tallies and three assists in nine career games versus the Kraken. See who to back at SportsLine.
Why you should back the Kraken
Seattle has gone 6-0-2 over its last eight contests after an eight-game winless streak during which it earned only two points. The Kraken trailed Philadelphia 1-0 after two periods in their last outing before Vince Dunn converted a power-play opportunity early in the third and fellow defenseman Justin Schultz scored at 2:35 of overtime. The 27-year-old Dunn leads the team with 30 points and has notched five in his last three games.
Oliver Bjorkstrand is right behind Dunn with 29 points after recording a pair of assists in the win against the Flyers. The 28-year-old Danish right wing has racked up three goals and five assists over his last seven contests. Left wing Jared McCann leads the Kraken with 14 goals and netted the team’s lone tally in the season opener against the Golden Knights. See who to back at SportsLine.
How to make Golden Knights vs. Kraken picks
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So who wins Golden Knights vs. Kraken, and which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the money line to jump on Monday all from the advanced model that has simulated this matchup 10,000 times.