First round schedule and broadcast details; ticket links; NHL Draft odds

Dates, times and broadcast details have been confirmed for much of the Kings’ first round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights. Mark it down:

Game 1, Los Angeles at Vegas: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., FS West/NBCSN/CBC/TVA
Game 2, Los Angeles at Vegas: Friday, April 13, 7:00, Prime Ticket/NBCSN/CBC/TVA
Game 3, Vegas at Los Angeles: Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., FS West/NBCSN/CBC/TVA
Game 4, Vegas at Los Angeles: Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket/NBCSN/CBC/TVA
Game 5*, Los Angeles at Vegas: Thursday, April 19, 7:00, Prime Ticket, TBD
Game 6*, Vegas at Los Angeles: Saturday, April 21, TBD, Prime Ticket, TBD
Game 7*, Los Angeles at Vegas: Monday, April 23, TBD, Prime Ticket, TBD
*if necessary

All first round games will be broadcast on either FOX Sports West or Prime Ticket locally and will include special playoff editions of LA Kings live pre and post-game shows. The NHL-wide first round schedule, including television information, is here:

Good news: The Kings schedule alternates with the Ducks-Sharks series, so on off nights you’ll be able to watch your favorite players Ryan Getzlaf and Logan Couture hammer each other. “MORE HITTING!” you will yell from your plush, velveteen throne as manservants fan you with oversized palm fronds.

On radio, Kings playoff games can be heard on flagship station KABC 790. Following home games, the Kings Talk post-game call-in show will be broadcast live from Impact Sports Bar and Grill inside Staples Center.

Tickets and packages for LA Kings home games can be purchased here.
Tickets and packages for games played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas can be purchased here.


The NHL also announced draft lottery odds. The 2018 NHL Draft lottery will be held Saturday, April 28 in Toronto (NBC/CBC/TVA Sports) and will consist of three drawings that will determined the first overall pick, the second overall pick and the third overall pick. The 15 teams that did not qualify for the playoffs will participate in the lottery.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will be held on Friday, June 22, with rounds 2-7 taking place on Saturday, June 23.

First Overall Pick Odds:
Buffalo Sabres: 18.5%
Ottawa Senators*: 13.5%
Arizona Coyotes: 11.5%
Montreal Canadiens: 9.5%
Detroit Red Wings: 8.5%
Vancouver Canucks: 7.5%
Chicago Blackhawks: 6.5%
New York Rangers: 6.0%
Edmonton Oilers: 5.0%
New York Islanders: 3.5%
Carolina Hurricanes: 3.0%
New York Islanders (from CGY): 2.5%
Dallas Stars: 2.0%
St. Louis Blues^: 1.5%
Florida Panthers: 1.0%

* Under the terms of a Nov. 5, 2017, trade: The Senators have the option to retain their pick and instead send the Avalanche their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
^ Under the terms of a June 23, 2017, trade: If St. Louis’ pick is in the top 10, the Blues have the option to retain their pick and instead send the Flyers their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Otherwise, Philadelphia will receive St. Louis’ first-round pick in 2018.

Via the NHL: The odds for the remaining clubs will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 1st Lottery Draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 2nd Lottery Draw.

The 12 clubs not selected in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will be assigned 2018 NHL Draft selections 4 through 15, in inverse order of regular-season points.

-Lead photo via Jeff Bottari/NHLI

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