Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Islanders - 12/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Location: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (+134) Islanders (-148)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (18-6-2, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) host the Vegas Golden Knights (15-11-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The odds on this contest have the Golden Knights priced at +134 and the Islanders are at -148. The over/under opens at 6. The Golden Knights cover 44.4% of the time, having gone 12-15 SU. New York is covering 66.7% of the time, going 16-8 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 15 victories and 11 defeats, which is good for 3rd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 88 goals which puts them at 6th in the conference and 14th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, which is good for 15th in the NHL. The Golden Knights currently have a total of 34 points, which puts them at 10th in the NHL and 6th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,004 which puts them at 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL. As a group, Vegas has racked up a total of 652 hits which means they have an average of 21.7 per game. They currently have a total of 292 blocks for this year. The man in the crease for Vegas is Malcolm Subban from Toronto, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 567 minutes protecting the goal this year. Subban is conceding an average of 2.86 goals per game which puts him at 19th in the Western Conference and 32nd in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he has given up 27 goals. He has a save % of .909 which puts him at 18th in the Western Conference.
The Vegas Golden Knights went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4 - 3 victory against the New Jersey Devils the last time they stepped on the ice. The Golden Knights had a solid offensive performance in the win. For this game, they earned a goal on 4 of the 30 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those tries. Vegas had 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 36 and the Corsi against was 45 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 44.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 23 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 34, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 40.4%. They took 22 face-off wins and lost 18 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 31.8% and they had a PDO of 109.0 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New Jersey Devils tallied a total of 35 shots. They finished with 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Islanders are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 18 victories and 6 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are currently ranked 5th in the conference and 7th in the NHL with +12. They currently have a total of 75 goals for this season which puts them at 12th in the East. New York has a save % as a team of .923 which currently has them ranked 3rd in the NHL, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 10.3% which is good for 5th in the East. In net for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having a marginal year by allowing 2.38 goals per contest and that places him 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 10th in the NHL. In the 805 mins he's been on the ice, he has allowed 32 goals. He has a save % of .922, which ranks him 4th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 11th in the NHL.
The New York Islanders played the Montreal Canadiens in an outing where the Islanders went home in defeat by a final of 4 - 2. In this game, New York had a 41.9% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 39 and the other team having a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 33.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 20 and the Canadiens finishing with a 40 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO of 101.8 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 30.3%. The Islanders netted 2 goals of the 23 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Canadiens had 1 power play chance but weren't able to put the puck in the net. New York gave up 40 shots on goal and the Canadiens racked up 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (+134)
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