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Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Islanders - 1/25/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders (24-20-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (32-11-4)
Date & Time Thursday January 25, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -185 / New York Islanders +166 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+
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The New York Islanders continue their road swing with a stop to face the Vegas Golden Knights in a Thursday NHL bout.

The New York Islanders have been very difficult to nail down over the first half of the season. New York has had some inconsistent play throughout and at the end of the day the team is 7th in the Metropolitan and need points for their playoff hopes. The Islanders come off a 3-2, overtime loss at the Arizona Coyotes where Anthony Beauvillier was the bright spot with both goals.

The Coyotes saw goals off the sticks Nick Cousins in the first and Brendan Perlini in the second period before Cousins netted the winner at 2:21 of the extra session. Cousins also added an assist to complete a three point night and Antti Raanta recorded 32 saves for the win for Arizona. Jaroslav Halak gave up three goals on 33 shots to absorb the loss for New York.

NHL fans might still be surprised by the Vegas Golden Knights but it might be time to say this team is just very good and not going anywhere. Vegas has solidified their grip on the top spot in the Pacific with wins in three of four after a 6-3 win versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus scoring came from Markus Nutivaara, Josh Anderson and Matt Calvert with Sergei Bobrovsky recording 32 saves in defeat.

William Karlsson led the Golden Knights scoring spree with a pair of goals with Colin Miller, Brad Hunt, Jams Neal and Erik Haula also scoring. Hunt, David Perron and Jonathan Marchessault each contributed two assists to make the 29 saves of Marc-Andre Fleury a winner.

Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Vancouver and Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings. Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.  

I’m looking at the Golden Knights at home or possibly the over depending on goalies…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update --- Vegas -.5

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