Vegas Golden Knights vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (+109) Devils (-120)
Prudential Center is the venue where MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (9-12-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Vegas Golden Knights (13-11-4, 4th in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. The Golden Knights open this matchup at +109 while the Devils are coming in at -120. The total opens at 6. The Golden Knights are covering 40.0% of the time, having gone 10-15 SU. The Devils are covering 33.3% of the time, going 8-16 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights step onto the ice holding a record of 13 wins and 11 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 80 goals which puts them at 6th in the conference and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -1, which puts them at 19th in the NHL. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 30 points, which puts them at 16th in the NHL and 8th in the conference. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 942 which puts them at 1st in the Western Conference and 3rd in the NHL. As a unit, Vegas has compiled a total of 624 hits which has them averaging 22.3 per game. They have compiled a total of 266 blocks for this season. In goal for Vegas is Malcolm Subban from Toronto, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 447 minutes defending the goal for the year. Subban is conceding an average of 3.09 GAA which has him ranking 21st among West goaltenders and 38th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 23 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .901 which has him ranking 18th among West goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Golden Knights could have played much better offensively in the win. For this game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 38 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 5 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. Vegas racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 39 and the Corsi against was 41 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 48.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 27 and the Fenwick against sat at 31, which means they earned a rate of 46.6%. They won 26 face-off wins and lost 19 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 49.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 95.8 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Arizona Coyotes earned a total of 36 shots. They finished with a total of 10 penalty mins and they earned 1 power play opportunity.
The Devils are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 9 wins and 12 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league with -23. They have compiled a total of 64 goals for this season which has them ranked at 15th in the conference. New Jersey has a team save % of .886 which is good for 29th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.5% ranking them 14th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 3.12 GAA and that has him 18th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 39th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,038 minutes he has played this season, he's given up 54 goals. His save % is .898, which ranks him 19th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 37th among goalies in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils opposed the New York Rangers in an outing where the Devils ended up losing by a final of 4 - 0. For this game, New Jersey went home with a 57.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 30 and their opponent having a Corsi of 22. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 24 and the Rangers ending the game with a 20 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New Jersey played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 91.7 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.5%. The Devils notched 0 goals of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 8 power play opportunities in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Rangers had 2 power play chances and ended up scoring 1 goal. New Jersey conceded 23 shots on goal and the Rangers ended up with a total of 34 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Vegas (+109)
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