We have six games on tap in the NHL on Monday, April 18, including this inter-conference tilt at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Make sure you don’t miss out on the best Devils vs. Golden Knights betting pick with the latest odds update on Bovada Sportsbook.
These inter-conference rivals have met once this season, and Vegas won 5-3 in Newark. The Golden Knights are massive -320 favorites in this one, while the total is set at 6 goals.
Devils fell short to the Kraken in Seattle
The New Jersey Devils will conclude their five-game road trip with this game in Vegas. They opened it with a pair of wins but then lost to the Colorado Avalanche and Seattle Kraken. At least, they managed to take one point from those two defeats as the Devils fell short to the Kraken after the shootout.
New Jersey had a 2-1 lead after the first period but forced overtime through Damon Severson in the final period. Ryan Donato scored the only goal in the shootout, while all three Devils (Tatar, Bratt, and YegorSharangovich) missed.
Nico Daws, who has been impressive of late, will guard the cage against the Knights on Monday. The 22-year-old rookie has a 10-11-0-1 record with a 3.11 GAA, 0.893 SV%, and no shutouts. He will face Vegas for the first time in his career.
Golden Knights are in a hot and cold form right now
After five consecutive wins to close the previous and open the current month, the Vegas Golden Knights have been quite inconsistent. They won only two of the previous five games, losing twice to a direct playoff rival Vancouver, and now the Knights must beat the Devils if they want to stay alive in the playoff race.
Vegas even failed to score in the most recent 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Despite having three shots more than the Oilers (39-36), the Knights couldn’t score against Mike Smith. With this loss, Vegas concluded its three-game road trip and now will open a three-game homestead on Monday.
For the third game in a row, Logan Thompson will start at the goal for the Knights. The 25-year-old has an 8-5-0-0 record with a 2.55 GAA, 0.922 SV%, and one shutout. Thompson never faced the Devils before.
- 2-7 in the last nine games overall
- 2-11 in the last 13 games on the road
- 1-4 in the last five games against Vegas
- 7-3 in the last ten games overall
- 6-1 in the last seven games at home
New Jersey Devils vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
The Golden Knights are in 9th position in the Western Conference with 87 points, three behind the Los Angeles Kings but with a game in hand. That’s why it’s extremely important for Vegas to get two points here and come close to just one point from the Kings.
The Golden Knights are facing the worst road team in the NHL, and if they fail to record a victory on Monday, then they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. The Devils will be relaxed and without an imperative to win here, which can be dangerous for the hosts. However, I still think Vegas will win and stay in the playoff race.
Pick: Take the Golden Knights AH -1.5 at -120
New Jersey’s games have been very entertaining this season; the Devils have a 43-29-3 O/U record, and I expect to see another high-scoring affair here. Both Daws and Thompson are young and inexperienced goaltenders, and despite the latter having excellent numbers, we can’t judge from a small sample as he played just 13 games this season.
The total has gone Over in 11 of New Jersey’s last 16 games, while the total went Over in five of the Devils’ previous seven games against an opponent in the Western Conference. The total has gone Over in four of Vegas’ last five games.Pick: Go with Over 6 goals at -120