Betting on today’s Penguins and Golden Knights game? Catch the action at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, as the Golden Knights hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Penguins come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 6 goals.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 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 20th.
WHY BET THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
- Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Golden Knights to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
- We like the Golden Knights on the moneyline (-109)
- The Golden Knights are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Will the Penguins Make it Happen in Las Vegas?
As the 12th ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins enter the game with an overall record of 21-15-6. In the Metropolitan Division, they sit in 7th place, going 6-7 against divisional opponents. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone 6-4, but they have lost two of their last three games.
On the road this season, the Penguins have gone 10-7-4, and they have been favored in 27 of their 42 games. When they are the favorite, Pittsburgh has gone 13-10-4, and they are 2-3 in their last five games.
On the road this season, the Penguins’ puck line record is 11-10, and their average scoring margin is +.4 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 5-5.
So far this season, Pittsburgh has won 21 games by multiple goals. In their last three games, the Penguins’ puck line record is 2-1, and their puck line record as the favorite is 11-16.
On average, Pittsburgh’s games have finished with 5.8 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.4. In total, the Penguins come in with an over/under record of 16-23-3.
Pittsburgh has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.
On offense, the Penguins are averaging 3 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 10th in the league. The Penguins went 14-9 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-6.
The leading scorer for Pittsburgh’s offense is Sidney Crosby. Coming into the game he has 26 goals, ranking 8th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 20 assists.
The Golden Knights defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vegas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 14th with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Vegas, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 28 games in this season. His current record is 12-12, and his save percentage stands at 0.835%.
Will the Golden Knights Find a Way to Win at Home?
At home this season, the Golden Knights have been dominant, going 17-5-2, and they have won two straight games at home. In the Western Conference, Vegas is in 5th place and 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far, they have gone 26-14-5 overall, 18-11 against the conference, and 9-7 in divisional games.
As the underdog, Vegas has gone 8-5-1 this season, and they have won two straight games as the underdog. Over their last ten games, the Golden Knights are 5-5, and they have gone 3-2 over their last five games.
At home, the Golden Knights have gone 13-11 vs. the puck line this season and have a puck line record of 22-23 overall. So far, they have gone 16-13 vs. the puck line in games where they win by more than one goal.
When playing at home, Vegas has an average scoring margin of +1.2 goals per game, and their puck line record in their last 10 home games is 6-4. Overall, the team has gone 10-4 vs. the puck line as the underdog, and their average scoring margin when in that role is +0.7 goals per game.
For the season, Vegas’ games have finished with an average of 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Golden Knights have an over/under record of 20-25-0.
In their last three road games, Pittsburgh has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.
On the offensive side, the Golden Knights are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 15th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 6th in the league. Vegas’ offense is currently ranked 10th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the league.
Vegas’ leading scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. So far, he has 19 goals which is 32nd in the NHL. Marchessault also comes into the game with 13 assists.
In terms of defense, the Golden Knights head into the game ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Vegas. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Logan Thompson has started 26 games in this season. His current record is 15-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.845%.