Vegas Golden Knights (1-3-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (1-1-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -220 / Vegas Golden Knights +165 --- Over/Under:
The Vegas Golden Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Vegas Golden Knights could use a bounce back victory here after a slow 1-3-0 start to the season. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 1.7 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with two goals, William Karlsson has two assists and Colin Miller has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 10 goals on 63 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed zero goals on nine shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed four or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look t rebound from their 1-1-0 start with their third straight home game. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kris Letang leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Evgeni Malkin has two assists and Phil Kessel has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 5.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 11 goals on 65 shots faced. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games, 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference, 99-37 in their last 136 home games and 36-15 in their last 51 Thursday games. The over is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 Thursday games and the over is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall.
The Vegas Golden Knights clearly have some Stanley Cup Final hangover from last season, as this team looks sluggish and has been rough on the defensive side through four games. I'm confident playing on the end of a back-to-back against a Pittsburgh Penguins team that wins at an insane clip at home isn't going to help. Until Vegas regroups and gets back on track, you have to like the Penguins to get the job done on their home ice.