Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 1/5/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+104) Golden Knights (-126)
The Vegas Golden Knights (26-12-2) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (19-12-6) at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has Pittsburgh at +104 while Vegas opens at -126. The over/under is set at 7.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look for better times on the ice after their 2-1 defeat to the Bruins in their previous game. Pittsburgh had 6 penalty minutes in this game. They also had 3 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. The Penguins had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the loss. In the outing, they scored on 1 of the 27 shots they attempted.
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Pittsburgh Penguins opponents have 121 power play tries (14th in pro hockey) and have earned 19 goals in those chances. The Penguins thus far have had 1,251 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .911. Pittsburgh has tried 1,187 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.2%. At even strength, the Penguins have allowed the opponent to score 92 goals while having 93 on the offensive side of the ice. Pittsburgh is sitting with 127 power play chances and they have scored 28 goals out of those advantages, earning them a rate of 22.05%. For the season, they have tallied 44 points and their points percentage is .595. In relation to their scoring, the Pittsburgh Penguins have accounted for 121 goals (17th in the league) on the season and have allowed 111.
The man in goal for this game is Tristan Jarry. Opponents have been able to score 456 goals against Jarry in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.60. Jarry has played in 184 games over the course of his professional hockey career. His save percentage currently is at .915 for his 10,531 mins in the crease. He has compiled a record of 108-52-17 and he has started in 176 games. For his career, Jarry has tallied 108 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .614. Jarry has had 5,386 shot attempts taken against him and he has 4,930 total saves.
In their last contest, Vegas went up against the Avalanche in a game where the Golden Knights got the win by a final of 3-2. They had 1 power play opportunity in this contest but weren't able to score a goal. The Golden Knights netted 3 goals of the 28 shots on goal they took.
The Golden Knights have earned 103 goals at even strength and 28 goals (12th in the NHL) while on the power play. Vegas has tried 1,313 shots (5th in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.98%, while allowing their opponents 1,201 shots. Over the course of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights have earned a total of 131 goals, 54 points, in addition to a points percentage of .675. They have allowed 112 goals to be scored by of a combination of 89 goals at even strength and 23 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have recorded 112 chances on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 25.00%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 78.10% on their opponents 105 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 90.7%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Logan Thompson in the crease. Thompson is the owner of a career mark of 28-14-4 and has played in 48 games. Thompson's quality start rate comes out to 52.3% and he has 23 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has recorded 1,309 saves out of 1,431 shots taken, giving him a rate of .915. His opponents are averaging 2.63 goals per contest and he has allowed 122 goals altogether. He has started in 44 games and his ice time sits at 2,782 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-126)
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