Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Prediction

T-Mobile Arena will play host to an East-West matchup as the expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, and you’ll be able to witness the game live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

With a moneyline of -135, Vegas comes into the contest as the favorite. The line for Carolina sits at +115, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Vegas is 19-10 straight up (SU) and has netted 13.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Of the teams 29 games this season, 19 have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 11-2 SU at home this year. The Golden Knights have converted on 19.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.3 percent of all penalties. The Golden Knights, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five games home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total. Averaging 23.9 saves per game with a .872 save percentage, Maxime Lagace (seven wins, seven losses, and one OT loss) has been the top goalkeeper for the Knights this season. If Vegas decides to rest him, however, it could roll with Malcolm Subban (8-2-2 record, .924 save percentage, 2.33 goals against average). The Knights will continue looking for leadership via Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Marchessault (26 points) is up to 10 goals and 16 assists and has recorded two or more points in eight different games this year. Karlsson has 15 goals and 11 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 18 contests. Carolina is 11-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the road team, the Hurricanes are 5-11 SU so far. The Hurricanes have converted on just 15.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.1 percent of all penalties. Carolina’s players have been penalized only 2.8 times per game in total this season, 3.0 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.2 per game over their last five on the road. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Scott Darling (.899 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Darling is averaging 23.8 saves per game and has seven wins, 15 losses, and six OT losses to his credit. Teuvo Teravainen (eight goals, 16 assists) has been one of the top facilitators on offense for the visiting Hurricanes.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

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

Betting Notes

  • Two of Carolina’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Carolina has managed 30.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas has been attempting 39.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Vegas is averaging 3.6 goals per game across its four-game winning streak.