New Jersey Devils vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, NHL Picks 3/3/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+222) Golden Knights (-250)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (26-27-12, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) go to T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Vegas Golden Knights (36-23-8, 1st in the Pacific Division). The Golden Knights open this contest at -250 while the Devils are priced at +222. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Devils cover 36.1% of the time, having gone 22-39 SU. Vegas is covering 51.6% of the time, going 33-31 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 26 victories and 27 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 173 goals which has them ranked at 15th in the East and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -37, which puts them at 26th in the NHL. The Devils currently have a total of 64 points, which has them ranked at 26th in the NHL and 14th in the East. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,007 which has them ranked at 13th in the East and 23rd in the NHL. As a team, New Jersey has racked up a total of 1,191 hits which means they have an average of 18.3 per game. They currently have a total of 843 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 2,505 minutes in net this season. Blackwood is allowing 2.71 goals against average which has him placed 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 26th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this season, he has allowed 113 goals. His save % is .916 which has him placed 9th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3 - 0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in their previous game. The Devils had a middle of the road offensive outing in this victory. In this outing, they converted 3 out of the 34 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and scored 2 goals out of those attempts. New Jersey had a total of 4 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Devils was 54 and the Corsi against was 66 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 45.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 39 while the Fenwick against was 48, which means they had a rate of 44.8%. They won 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 23 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 41.9% and they had a PDO of 103.2 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Anaheim Ducks earned a total of 34 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Golden Knights are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 36 victories and 23 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the West and 11th in the league with +13. They have earned a total of 213 goals for the season which ranks 2nd in the Western Conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .899 which has them 25th in the league, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.2% ranking them 9th in the Western Conference. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an ok year by allowing 2.76 goals per contest and that has him 14th among Western Conference goaltenders and 31st among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,758 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 127 goals. He's earned a save % of .906, which puts him at 23rd among Western Conference goaltenders and 45th among goalies in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights faced the Los Angeles Kings in an outing where the Golden Knights went home in defeat by a final score of 4 - 1. In their game, Vegas earned a 76.3% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 74 and the other team having a Corsi of 23. Their Fenwick rate came in at 78.3% by earning a Fenwick of 54 and the Kings ending the game with a 15 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vegas played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 81.8 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 76.9%. The Golden Knights netted 1 goal of the 43 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and scored 1 out of those opportunities. On the other side of the ice, the Kings had 2 power play chances and went on to score 2 goals. Vegas conceded 17 shots on goal and the Kings earned a total of 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+222)
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