Vegas Golden Knights at New Jersey Devils Betting Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

The Vegas Golden Knights, spearheaded by William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault, are ready to take the ice against Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in an East-West matchup. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will broadcast the action, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 14.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. New Jersey Devils Odds

The Golden Knights (-135) are tabbed as the favorites over the Devils (+115). The Over/Under (O/U), set at an even 6 goals, originally opened at -110 for the over and -110 for the under. That line’s shifted since then, and it now sits at -115 for the over, -105 for the under.

Vegas is 18-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 33 regular season matches, 17 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Knights are 8-11 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Vegas has converted on 20.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, it has the seventh-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 83.3 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 24.4 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (18-11-1) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this season. If head coach Gerard Gallant chooses to rest him, however, the team could turn to Malcolm Subban (0-5), who has a .859 save percentage and 4.02 goals against average this year.

On the other bench, New Jersey is 10-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 29 regular season matches, 18 of its games have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 7-6 SU at home this year.

The Devils have converted on just 19.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Keith Kinkaid has stopped 27.2 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Devils. Kinkaid has 10 wins, 14 losses, and five OT losses and has maintained a mediocre 3.03 goals against average and a poor .903 save percentage this year.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Devils, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the game went over the total in four of their last five outings.
  • This game features two teams that fire the puck on goal a lot. Vegas has taken the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (32.4) while New Jersey has attempted the sixth-most (33.1).
  • Over Vegas’ last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).
  • Vegas skaters have accounted for the league’s third-most hits per game (27.5).