Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+131) Golden Knights (-145)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (24-15-6, 1st in the Pacific Division) play the Pittsburgh Penguins (25-12-5, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The odds on this matchup have the Penguins priced at +131 and the Golden Knights are at -145. The total is set at 6. The Penguins cover 57.5% of the time, having gone 23-17 SU. Vegas covers 50.0% of the time, going 21-21 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this matchup holding a record of 25 wins and 12 losses, putting them at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 140 goals which ranks them 6th in the conference and 9th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +27, putting them at 3rd in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 55 pts, which ranks them 4th in the NHL and 3rd in the conference. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,402 which ranks them 4th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. As a unit, Pittsburgh has collected a total of 1,133 hits which means they have an average of 27 per game. They currently have a total of 477 blocks for the season. The man in goal for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has played 1,144 minutes minding the goal this season. Kinkaid is conceding 1.99 GAA which places him at 2nd among Eastern Conference goalies and 2nd among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has given up 38 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .935 which places him at 2nd among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 loss against the Florida Panthers their last time out. The Penguins had a below average offensive performance in this defeat. In this game, they converted 1 out of the 32 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Pittsburgh racked up a total of 14 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 61 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 41.9%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against was 41, telling us they have a rate of 43.8%. They earned 20 face-off wins and lost 26 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 46.2% and they had a PDO of 91.8 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Florida Panthers racked up 35 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 18 penalty mins and they earned 1 power play opportunity.
The Golden Knights will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 24 victories and 15 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are sitting 6th in the West and 14th in the NHL with +8. They currently have a total of 141 goals for this year which ranks them 3rd in the Western Conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them sitting 13th in the NHL, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% which is good for 9th in the conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.79 GAA and that ranks him 11th among Western Conference goalies and 24th in the NHL. In the 1,761 mins he has played this year, he has given up 82 goals. He's earned a save % of .910, which has him ranking 17th among Western Conference goalies and 30th in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights played the St. Louis Blues in an outing where the Golden Knights took home the victory by a score of 5 - 4. For this outing, Vegas earned a 57.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 55 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 40. They had a Fenwick percentage of 58.3% with a Fenwick of 42 and the Blues finishing with a 30 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Vegas had and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 107.8 and their oZS percentage was 55.7%. The Golden Knights converted 5 goals of the 33 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Blues had 3 power play chances and went on to score 2 goals. Vegas conceded 31 shots on goal and the Blues racked up a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+131)
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