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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/19/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Paradise, Nevada
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +128 / Vegas Golden Knights -148 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
ATTP, ATRM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 25.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 23 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 36 assists and Sidney Crosby has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 57 goals on 641 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed seven goals on 62 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed four or more goals in four of their last six games.

The Vegas Golden Knights look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Tuch leads Vegas with 15 goals, Reilly Smith has 18 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 103 goals on 1,160 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 22 goals on 228 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.

The Penguins are 13-5 in their last 18 games playing on 0 days rest, 21-8 in their last 29 vs. Western Conference and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The Golden Knights are 50-21 in their last 71 home games, 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Golden Knights last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 road games. The under is 4-0-1 in Golden Knights last 5 home games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are always worth a look in an underdog role, especially when playing on the end of a back to back has had no impact on their success. The problem is the Vegas Golden Knights have caught fire out of nowhere and the defense has improved drastically during this winning stretch. We learned last year just how Vegas is capable of putting wins together and how deadly they can be especially at home. I'm not trying to step in front of the Golden Knights right now, as it feels like some of that magic may be coming back. 

Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights -148

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