Vegas Golden Knights at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Vegas Golden Knights -110 / Carolina Hurricanes -110 -- Over/Under: 6
The Vegas Golden Knights and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Friday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Nashville in their last outing. Max Pacioretty would open the scoring for the Golden Knights 8:03 into the game and the Golden Knights would carry that lead into the 2nd period. Nashville would tie the game within the first minute of the 2nd and take the lead just 3:01 later and would ride that lead throughout the 2nd and through the entire 3rd period to hold on for the win and send Vegas back empty-handed. Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss, falling to 27-14-4 after allowing both goals on 27 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build some momentum after a 5-2 win over Vancouver in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before we entered an action-packed 2nd frame. Nino Niederreiter opened the scoring for Carolina just 1:54 into the period, but the lead lasted all of 1:03 before Van City tied the game and took the lead just 2:17 after that. Greg McKegg tied the game at 2-2 just 1:39 later before Niederreiter potted his 2nd and Dougie Hamilton scored :25 later to push the lead to 4-2. Teuvo Teravainen added a 5th goal with 3:28 to go in the 2nd, and Carolina would hold onto that lead through the 3rd period to seal the win and take the points. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 24 of 26 shots faced in his debut to improve to 1-0-0 this season.
Vegas is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 9-4 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 3-1-2 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Carolina is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 9-4 in their last 13 games overall while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games following a win.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game, as it could genuinely go either way with both teams coming in fresh off of the all-star break. However, while the Hurricanes have been solid at home lately, it’s hard to pass up Vegas and the cheap price even on the road. Side by side, Vegas is the better team from top to bottom and with that said, I’ll side with the Golden Knights to start the 2nd half of their season with a win here.