Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
|Date & Time||Saturday February 16, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Golden Knights -122 / Nashville Predators +100
The Nashville Predators and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to build on a 3-1 win in their last outing over the Montreal Canadiens. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes and most of the first half of the 2nd before Ryan Hartman broke the deadlock with the lone goal of the 2nd, giving the Preds a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Montreal tied the game at one early in the 3rd, but Nashville would close the door as Brian Boyle gave the Preds the lead back just 3:10 later and Viktor Arvidsson gave Nashville an insurance goal just 2:24 after that to seal the deal and give the Predators the win. Pekka Rinne got the win, stopping 34 of 35 shots faced in the winning effort to improve to 20-15-3 this season.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be out to snap a 3-game losing skid after a 6-3 loss to Toronto in their last outing. Vegas fell behind 1-0 after the opening period before Paul Stastny tied the game and Oscar Lindberg gave the Golden Knights the lead just 4:36 apart. Toronto tied the game and restored their lead after two periods before William Karlsson tied the game once again for Vegas. That’s as close as the Golden Knights would get the rest of the way though, as Toronto would re-take the lead and add a 5th for insurance :55 apart just after the midway point of the 3rd period. The Leafs added a 6th for good measure to seal the deal and send Vegas back empty-handed with nothing to show for their hard work. Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss, falling to 29-18-4 after allowing all 6 goals on 43 shots faced in the losing effort.
Nashville is 17-8 in their last 25 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Vegas is 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 games overall while the under is 3-1-2 in their last 6 games against the Central division. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Vegas and the low line is tempting considering how well the Golden Knights have played at home. As a matter of fact, the Golden Knights have the 4th-best home winning percentage in the NHL since joining the league in 2017. However, we cashed in on Thursday fading Vegas, and I’m going to take a shot doing so again here. Vegas could very well break out of their slump here and get the win, but I just need to see that Vegas has turned things around before laying juice with the Golden Knights again. Nashville has started to heat up in their own right and are well worth the play at even money on Saturday night.