The Nashville Predators and the Vegas Golden Knights face off at T-Mobile Arena in a Western Conference showdown. It’s their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will showcase the action, which gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2.
Nashville Predators vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Nashville (+125) is entering this one as the underdog to Vegas (-145) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Vegas is 26-11 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 19.4 units this season. Among its 37 games this season, 22 have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 16-3 SU at home this season.
The Golden Knights have converted on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 18th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Golden Knights have been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall this season, 3.0 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
With a .922 save percentage and 25.5 saves per game, Malcolm Subban (11 wins, two losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Knights this season. If Vegas chooses to give him the evening off, however, the team might turn to Maxime Lagace (7-7-7 record, .872 save percentage, 3.79 goals against average).
The Knights will continue to rely on offensive production out of Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Marchessault (36 points) has tallied 14 goals and 22 assists and has recorded multiple points on 10 separate occasions this year. Karlsson has 20 goals and 13 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 21 contests.
On the other bench, Nashville is 23-15 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 38 regular season outings, 20 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and none have pushed. As the road team, the Predators are 11-9 SU so far.
The Predators currently tout the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 24.8 percent of their extra-man advantages in 2017-18. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.
Nashville’s skaters have been called for penalties 5.4 times per game this season, and 4.6 per game over their past five contests. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays a whopping 14.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Pekka Rinne (29.4 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Nashville. Rinne has 19 wins, 10 losses, and three OT losses to his credit, while registering a .924 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Predators will be Filip Forsberg (15 goals, 19 assists) and P.K. Subban (nine goals, 20 assists).
Nashville Predators vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over
Five of Vegas’ last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 5-0 overall in those games.
Extra-man opportunities may have a key role in tonight’s game. The Predators are 9-1 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 11-4 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Golden Knights are 11-4 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 18-8 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Two of Vegas’ last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this season.
The total has gone under in three of Vegas’ last five outings.
Vegas has allowed 2.9 goals per game overall this season, but has allowed just 1.7 per contest across its seven-game win streak.
Vegas skaters have averaged 9.2 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 19th in the league).
Nashville is ranked 14th this season with 9.3 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as it’s averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last 10 games and 5.8 giveaways over its last five.