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Vegas Golden Knights vs. New Jersey Devils - 01/06/2019 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Sunday January 6, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
Vegas Golden Knights: -1.5 (+120) / Vegas Golden Knights -286 / New Jersey Devils +220 / New Jersey Devils: 1.5 (-149)
TV Channel
MSG+
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The New Jersey Devils and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The New Jersey Devils will look to build on a 3-2 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. Nico Hischier opened the scoring for Jersey just 1:05 into the game before Arizona would tie the game just before the end of the period. The Coyotes took a 2-1 advantage before Blake Coleman would tie the game back up at 2-2 in the latter stages of the 2nd period. The 3rd period solved nothing and neither did overtime, so it was off to a shootout where Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford each buried their shootout attempts while Keith Kinkaid stopped both Arizona shootout attempts. Kinkaid got the win to improve to 13-10-6 this season, stopping 15 of 17 shots faced in the win, in addition to both Arizona attempts in the shootout.

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on their current 5-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. Nate Schmidt opened the scoring for Vegas, scoring the lone goal of the opening 20 minutes. Anaheim jumped out to a 2-1 lead with a pair of goals in a span of :18 before Tomas Nosek tied the game just after the midway point of the 2nd period and Max Pacioretty gave the Golden Knights the lead for good just :31 later as the 3rd period solved nothing as Vegas picked up another win. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win to improve to 24-10-4 this season after stopping 25 of 27 shots faced in the winning effort.

New Jersey is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 17-35 in their last 52 road games while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games against the Western Conference. Vegas is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 48-20 in their last 68 home games while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record.

It’s going to take more than a road win in a shootout over the lowly Coyotes for me to even give a thought to taking the Devils and the plus money, but at the end of the day, I just can’t. Vegas is rolling right now and have picked up their form at home that the Golden Knights rode to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. All in all, I think this is an easy win for Vegas given New Jersey’s struggles on the road, and as such, I’ll side with Vegas on the puck line to negate the heavy juice.

Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights: -1.5 (+120)

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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