Pittsburgh Penguins (25-12-5) @ Vegas Golden Knights (24-15-6)
NHL: Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 10:00PM (T-Mobile Arena)
Line & Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins +145/Vegas Golden Knights -160
This is a big game as the Vegas Golden Knights host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the T-Mobile Arena. Both these teams have been on a tear as they have each gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and the Golden Knights have won four straight.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in the middle of one of their better stretches of the season as they’ve recently defeated top teams Arizona and St. Louis to claim sole possession of first in the Pacific division. They have been a somewhat balanced team on both sides of the ice as they score 3.13 goals per game (13th in NHL) on 34.1 shots on goal (3rd in NHL) and 9.2% shooting (21st in NHL). They also execute well on power plays with a 22.2% success rate, which is good for top 10 in the league. Defensively, the Golden Knights are solid as well allowing 2.96 goals (13th in NHL) on 31.2 shots on goal (12th in NHL) and they are middle of the pack in killing opponent penalties at 81.1%. They are led in points by Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone with 43 and 41 points respectively. They have been their teams best facilitators with 25 assists a piece, while also being two of the teams top goal scorers. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid for most of the season and has been a big part of their most recent four game winning streak. He’ll be starting for the Golden Knights vs the Penguins as well.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have easily been affected by the injury bug more than any other team in the league and somehow they still find themselves in the thick of the playoff race. They have been without their franchise center Sidney Crosby for about two months now, but it looks like his return could be just around the corner. That could make this Penguins team even scarier than they already are as they are probably the most balanced team in the league. They are averaging 3.33 goals per game (7th in NHL) on 33.4 shots on goal (7th in NHL) and 10.0% shooting (13th in NHL) while holding opponents to 2.69 goals (5th in NHL) on 29.6 shots on goal (5th in NHL). They are also extremely disciplined on defense as they average just 7.3 penalty minutes (6th in NHL) and kill 81.7% of opponent penalties (9th in NHL). There are very few weaknesses for this team except probably their power play execution and faceoff %, which will both be solved with the return of Crosby.
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The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 6 games
They are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
They are 7-1 SU in their last 8 home games
They are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games
They are 5-1 SU in their last 6 road games
Total has gone UNDER in 9 of the last 12 games against the Pacific division
Vegas Golden Knights vs Pittsburgh Penguins Free NHL Predictions
These two teams have been on a tear lately and are headed for a collision course. They match-up pretty well and it looks like the goalies will be the biggest factor in this game. That makes this decision easy as Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry has been the best goalie in the league so far this season.