Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Florida Panthers and the first-year-franchise Vegas Golden Knights face off at the BB&T Center in an East-West tilt. It’s their second head-to-head matchup of the regular season. The action will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 19, and you’ll be able to watch the game live on Sportsnet 360.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers Odds

Vegas (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Florida (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -105 for the over and -115 on the under.

Vegas is 30-14 straight up (SU) and has earned 18.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Knights are 12-10 SU.

Vegas has converted on 17.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and the teams successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.

The Knights, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.3 times per game this season, and 2.7 per game over its last ten outings. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 29.7 saves per game with a .945 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5-2) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this year. Fleury did just play last night, however, so head coach Gerard Gallant might choose to rest him and instead roll with Malcolm Subban (12-2 record, .918 save percentage, 2.38 goals against average).

The visiting Golden Knights will be led by Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Marchessault has 42 points on 16 goals and 26 assists, and has recorded multiple points 12 times. Karlsson has 24 goals and 14 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 25 games).

On the other side of the ice, Florida is 18-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 10-10 SU at home this season.

The Panthers have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Panthers skaters have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

James Reimer (28.4 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Panthers. Reimer has 12 wins, 18 losses, and five OT losses and has maintained a .910 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this season.

The Panthers will be led on offense by Jonathan Huberdeau (16 goals, 28 assists).

Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Florida is 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 2-2 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in four of Florida’s last five games.
  • Over Vegas last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-0 in those games).