The Islanders and Golden Knights are set to face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Golden Knights will host the game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Golden Knights as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 6 goals.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5
This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena at 10:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
- Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Islanders winning this game by a score of 4-3.
- We like the Islanders on the moneyline (+128)
- The Islanders are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
No Pressure for New York as Away Dogs
In their 38 games, the Islanders have a 18-10-10 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 10-4-6 record, and their record on the road is 8-6-4. Their current record places them 3rd in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 5th in the Eastern conference.
In terms of the puck line, New York posted a 21-17 record. On the road they are 13-5 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 8-12. On average, New York’s games have finished with 6.4 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6. In total, the Islanders come in with an over/under record of 22-14-2.
When looking at their past three road matchups, New York has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
Offensively, the Islanders come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 17th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 20th position in the league. New York’s offense comes into the game ranked 15th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 4th in the NHL.
The leading scorer for New York’s offense is Brock Nelson. Coming into the game he has 17 goals, ranking 22nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Nelson has 16 assists this season.
Defensively, the Golden Knights are currently 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30 shots per game against Vegas. They also are 10th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Ilya Sorokin comes into the game having made 25 starts this season. So far, his record is 12-6 and he has a save percentage of 1.0%.
Will the Golden Knights Make it Happen at Home?
This season, the Golden Knights have put together an overall record of 22-12-5. When playing on the road, Vegas has gone 9-8-3, while their home record stands at 13-4-2. They are currently positioned 2nd in the Western Pacific division and 5th in the Western conference.
In terms of the puck line, Vegas posted a 18-21 record. On the road they are 9-11 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 9-10. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Vegas is 6.1. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.2. The Golden Knights come in with an over/under record of 18-21-0.
In their last three games at home, the Golden Knights have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.
On the offensive side, the Golden Knights are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 12th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 3rd in the league. This year, the Golden Knights have recorded a 12-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-4 record.
Vegas’ current leading scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. This season, he has 17 goals, which puts him 25th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 10 assists so far.
In terms of defense, the Golden Knights head into the game ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30 shots per game against Vegas. So far, they are 10th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Goalie Logan Thompson gets the start and has made 21 starts this season. His record at this point is 11-8, and his save percentage is 0.8088235294117647%.