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Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators (23-10-5) at Las Vegas Golden Knights (26-9-2)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Las Vegas Golden Knights -135 / Nashville Predators +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Tennesee

The Vegas Golden Knights welcome the Nashville Predators to town for Tuesday night NHL.

The Nashville Predators begin the new year near the top the Central with the Winnipeg Jets holding a slight lead. Nashville posses both the #6 offense and the #6 defense so the team can win in several ways. On Saturday it was the defense that did the heavy lifting in a 3-0 victory versus the visiting Minnesota Wild.                                   

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Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Nashville did all their damage in the third period Scott Hartnell at 2:23 with PK Subban adding a power play tally at 7:50. Viktor Arvidsson added an empty netter with 2:20 remaining while Calle Jarnkrok added a pair of helpers to lift Nashville and Juuse Saros with his 29 top to the win. Alex Stalock took the loss for the Wild with 26 saves to fall to 7-8-1.

The Vegas Golden Knights have been shockingly good in their first year of existence with first place in the Pacific far exceeding any predictions. The bad news for the competition is Vegas shows no signs of slowing down with wins in nine of ten after a 6-3 win versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Toronto attack saw Auston Matthews score twice with Patrick Marleau also lighting the lamp.

William Karlsson gave the Golden Knights their first ever hat trick which was his first as well. Erik Haula, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Jonathan Marchssault also found the scoring column while Reilly Smith added a pair of helpers for Vegas. The Golden Knights received 20 saves from Malcom Subban with Frederik Andersen stopping 25 shots.

Predators are 8-0 in their last 8 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and Predators are 8-2 in their last 10 Tuesday games and Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. Over is 4-0-1 in Golden Knights last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and over is 4-0 in Golden Knights last 4 vs. Central and Golden Knights are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.  

These teams have played once so there no trends to look at so I’m tempted to back the over…

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