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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
Vegas Golden Knights: -1.5 (-128) / Detroit Red Wings: 1.5 (+104)
TV Channel
ATT-RM, FS-Detroit
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The Detroit Red Wings and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

The Detroit Red Wings will look to pick up a win here after a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. Thomas Vanek got the Red Wings on the board early, just 2:05 into the game, but St. Louis would respond just after the midway point of the period, sending us to the 2nd tied at one. St. Louis would push ahead 3-1 after 40 minutes of play before Vanek scored his 2nd goal of the game to bring the score back to 3-2. That’s as close as Detroit would get though, as St. Louis would respond just 1:31 later and ice the win with an empty-netter late, sending Detroit back empty-handed once again. Jonathan Bernier took the loss, falling to 7-18-5 after allowing 4 goals on 23 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to add to their current 4-game winning streak after a 5-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith staked Vegas an early 2-0 lead and carried that into the 2nd period. Tomas Nosek pushed the lead to 3-0 before Smith and Karlsson potted their respective 2nd goals of the game just :24 apart late in the 2nd, making it 5-0 after 40 minutes. Vegas would ride that lead to the finish line and gain another crucial two points in the Western Conference playoff chase. Malcolm Subban got the win to improve to 7-7-0 after stopping all 20 shots he faced in the winning effort for his 1st career NHL shutout.

Detroit is 14-37 in their last 51 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Pacific division while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest. Vegas is 10-1 in their last 11 games overall and 58-28 in their last 86 home games while the the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference.

I’d like to say that the plus money is tempting considering that it only takes one bounce for the puck to end up in the back of the net and for the bet to cash in and make nearly 3 times your money. However, Detroit is simply trying to play spoiler, and I use the word trying very loosely. Vegas is looking like the team that made that deep playoff run last season and their reputation on home ice has been no different this time around. I’ll side with Vegas to pick up another home win and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll side with Vegas on the puck line.

Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights: -1.5 (-128)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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