New Jersey Devils vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 3/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vegas Golden Knights (41-18-5) at New Jersey Devils (33-24-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +109 / Vegas Golden Knights -120 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&TSN, MSG+
The Vegas Golden Knights and New Jersey Devils meet Sunday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights could use a victory here after losing four of their last six games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 35 goals, Jonathan Marchessault has 43 assists and David Perron has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 72 goals on 992 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 40 goals on 452 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.
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The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 29 goals, Will Butcher has 28 assists and Nico Hischier has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 99 goals on 1,137 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 73 goals on 758 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The Golden Knights are 8-1 in their last 9 Sunday games, 20-6 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-5 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference. The Devils are 2-9 in their last 11 Sunday games, 15-31 in their last 46 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 6-0-1 in Devils last 7 overall and the over is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 road games.
The Vegas Golden Knights are about as cold as they've been all season, as the defensive issues are starting to return, allowing 12 goals in their last three games. However, the Golden Knights continue to be one of the more profitable teams in the league just blindly picking them, and we haven't seen these struggles last very long. The New Jersey Devils just can't get any consistency going and can get sloppy defensively as well. I'm going to continue backing the Vegas Golden Knights until there's a reason not to.