Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/28/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights

Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:00 PM (T-Mobile Arena)

Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+200)

TV: DTV

The Arizona Coyotes go to Las Vegas, Nevada, to take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena. The Coyotes are coming off of a loss to the Nashville Predators. 

Arizona is 21-14-4 on the season, and actually have an excellent record on the road, being 13-5-3. Much of their success has to do with their goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper, who had the best goals allowed average in all of the NHL before the game against Minnesota. However, Kuemper will be out with an injury at the moment, and now the Coyotes will have to improve their defense to make sure they do not start leaking goals. Since Kuemper has been out, Arizona has been inconsistent. 

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are coming off of a massive loss to the Colorado Avalanche, losing to the Avalanche 7-3 as Colorado got out to an early lead in the first period and did not look back. However, Las Vegas has won three of its last five games recently. The Golden Knights are facing back to back, playing Anaheim on Friday and then Arizona on Saturday.

The Golden Knights are 20-14-6 on the season right now and are tied for the top spot in the Pacific Division with the Arizona Coyotes. The main reason why the Las Vegas Golden Knights have done so well is that they create a ton of changes, ranking second in shots forced with 34 per game.

Arizona is 24-15 ATS this season
Coyotes are 4-0 in their last four games as a road favorite.
Vegas is 16-24 ATS this season
Golden Knights are 8-2 in their last ten games as a home underdog.

The Coyotes are a very good team on the road and the home advantage that Vegas would be hoping for, will likely not be a factor in this one. Arizona is slightly better on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice. However, now with Kuemper’s injury, the Coyotes have been up and down, and their defense has indeed suffered for it. I think this game will be close, but I think Vegas will capitalize on the Coyotes’ misfortune and squeak by with a narrow victory. Final Score Prediction, Las Vegas Golden Knights win 4-3.

Joshua’s Pick Vegas Golden Knights -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.