Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights
|Date & Time||Monday January 21, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Golden Knights -175 / Minnesota Wild +140 -- Over/Under: 6
The Minnesota Wild and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Monday evening.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build some steam after a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last outing. Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise scored 1:29 apart to give the Wild a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. Columbus pulled a goal back early in the 2nd, but that’s all of the scoring that the fans would see as the Wild would ride the rest of the 2nd and the entire 3rd period to seal the deal and escape with a hard-fought win. Devan Dubnyk got the win to improve to 18-16-3 this season after stopping 19 of 20 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build some momentum of their own after a massive 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead before Shea Theodore tied the game 2:18 later. Max Pacioretty and Oscar Lindberg scored :43 apart to take a 3-1 lead for Vegas heading into the 2nd. Pittsburgh would tie the game at 3-3 before Jonathan Marchessault scored a pair of goals 3:50 apart to re-establish the two-goal cushion. William Karlsson added a goal in the 3rd before Marchessault completed his hat-trick by burying on an empty net late in the 3rd. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win against his former team, stopping 34 of 37 shots faced to improve to 27-12-4 this season.
Minnesota is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Pacific division while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference. Vegas is 20-8 in their last 28 games overall and 51-21 in their last 72 home games while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games following a win.
Minnesota and the plus money is tempting considering the Wild usually play well when taking a step up in competition. However, Vegas is playing some solid hockey and are quickly rising in the Pacific division playoff race. There’s also the fact that Vegas has been pretty hard to beat at home since their inception into the NHL, so I’ll lay the juice in what I see being another win at home for Vegas in this one.