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Squaring off for the final time this season, the New Jersey Devils and the Vegas Golden Knights meet at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West showdown. MSG Network will showcase the action, which gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14.

New Jersey Devils at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas heads into the matchup as the obvious favorite with a moneyline of -185. The line for New Jersey sits at +160 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -115 for the over and -105 for the under.

The Golden Knights are 45-24 straight up (SU) and have earned 20.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. Among the team’s 69 games this season, 36 have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 24-9 SU at home this season.

Vegas has converted on 21.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.

Vegas, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 3.0 per game over its past five games total, and 3.8 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.9 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.

Boasting a .930 save percentage and 28.8 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (25-12-3) has been the top option in goal for the Golden Knights this season. If they decide to give him a breather, however, the team could roll with Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).

Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will each be focal points for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (65 points) is up to 22 goals and 43 assists and has recorded multiple points on 20 different occasions this year. Perron has 16 goals and 46 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 42 games.

On the other bench, New Jersey is 35-34 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 6.0 units this year. A total of 34 of its contests have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the away team, New Jersey is 17-17 SU.

New Jersey has converted on 20.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fifth overall and it’s successfully defended 82.9 percent of all penalties.

New Jersey’s skaters have been penalized 3.8 times per game this season, and 2.3 per game over their last ten contests. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 4.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cory Schneider (.912 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey. Schneider is averaging 28.5 saves per game and has 18 wins, 20 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit.

Taylor Hall (30 goals, 44 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Devils.

New Jersey Devils vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in each of Vegas’ last five outings.
  • The extra-man advantage may be critical in tonight’s matchup. The Devils are 10-18 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 18-26 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Golden Knights are 16-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 34-15 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • New Jersey is 5-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 3-2 in shootouts.
  • Vegas is ranked 3rd in the league with 10.6 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down lately, however, as the team has managed 8.3 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 takeaways over its last five.
  • New Jersey skaters have averaged 10.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, an improvement over its season average of 8.1 takeaways per game (ranked ninth in the league).