Vegas Golden Knights vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 12/1/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (+114) Penguins (-137)
The Pittsburgh Penguins (11-8-4) will try to beat the Vegas Golden Knights (17-6-1) at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. The odds on this game have Vegas at +114 while Pittsburgh is coming in at -137. The total is 6.
The Vegas Golden Knights had a decent effort after finishing in a 2-2 tie against the Blue Jackets in their previous game. The Golden Knights had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this game. For the game, they netted 2 out of the 36 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 4 attempts on the power play but didn't net one. Vegas earned 4 minutes in the box in this contest.
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Vegas Golden Knights opponents have amassed 59 power play opportunities (30th in professional hockey) and have notched 15 goals in those chances. The Golden Knights have had 721 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .913. Vegas has taken 795 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.3%. While playing at even strength, the Golden Knights let the opposition score 48 goals while notching 68 as an offensive unit. Vegas has 70 power play opportunities and they have scored 14 goals out of those advantages, earning them a percentage of 20.00%. For the current campaign, they have tallied 35 points and their points % is .729. With respect to their scoring capabilities, the Vegas Golden Knights have accounted for 82 goals (6th in hockey) on the campaign and have surrendered 63.
The man in goal for this game is Logan Thompson. Opponents have been able to score 88 goals versus Thompson in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.56. Thompson has been involved in 36 games over the course of his pro hockey career. His save percentage currently is at .917 during his 2,066 mins guarding the cage. He has compiled a mark of 22-9-3 and he was named the starter in 33 games. Over the course of his career, Thompson has compiled 19 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .576. Thompson has seen 1,064 shots against him and has gathered 976 saves.
Their last time out, Pittsburgh played the Hurricanes in a matchup where the Penguins went home in defeat by a final score of 3-2. The Penguins had 2 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to score a goal.
The Penguins have accumulated 66 goals at even strength and 12 goals (28th in pro hockey) while on the power play. Pittsburgh has attempted 758 shots (7th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.29%, while allowing their opponents 779 shots. Over the course of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 78 goals, 26 points, in addition to a points percentage of .565. They have allowed 73 goals to be scored by of a combination of 60 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they were shorthanded. They have recorded 74 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 16.22%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 81.94% on their oppositions 72 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 90.6%.
Across the rink you are likely to see Tristan Jarry defending the net. Opponents are averaging 2.60 goals per game and he has surrendered 430 goals in total. Jarry's quality start percentage sits at 61.2% and he has made 101 quality starts in his career. He was named a starter in 165 contests and his ice time sits at 9,916 minutes. Jarry holds a career record of 101-50-16 and has participated in 173 games. He has recorded 4,619 stops out of the 5,049 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .915.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-137)
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