National Hockey League action on Monday afternoon and the Central Division will square off with the Pacific Division as the Minnesota Wild take on the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Minnesota enters this game off a 2-1 home win over Columbus, while the Golden Knights enter this contest off a 7-3 home win over Pittsburgh.
Minnesota Holds On For Win Over Jackets
The Minnesota Wild have been inconsistent of late as they come in having lost four of their last seven games, but they are off a nice 2-1 home win over the Blue Jackets. Minnesota currently sits in the 9th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings and they are just one point out of the 8th spot. The offense has been an issue for the Wild of late as they have scored just 14 total goals over their last eight games. That may not improve here as the Golden Knights have not allowed much at home. Luckily, their offense did just enough to win against the Blue Jackets. The Wild scored both their goals in the first period and were able to hold on from there. Scoring in the win was Jordan Greenway, which was his 9th of the year and Zach Parise, which was his 20th.
"We can't have any passengers. We've got to play with 20 guys playing as committed as they were last night." — Bruce Boudreau pic.twitter.com/5ZBIloceuX
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 21, 2019
Snatching up the win was Devan Dubnyk, who stopped 19 of the 20 shots that he faced to improve to 18-19 with a 2.60 GAA and a .912 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 9-8 with a 2.71 GAA and a .911 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 2-1 with a 1.62 GAA against the Golden Knights. The Wild have gone 11-12 on the road and they have averaged 2.52 gpg and have allowed 3.00 gpg in those games. Minnesota enters this game ranked 12th in the league in power play conversions at 20.7% and 2nd in penalty kill at 84.8%.
Golden Knights Pound The Pens At Home
The Vegas Golden Knights have been playing well as they are trying to keep pace with the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks in the in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights enter this game having won nine of their last 11 and they are in 3rd place in the Pacific, seven points behind the division-leading Flames. The Golden Knights are off a strong 7-3 home win over the Penguins and they have now allowed 2.00 gpg over their last 11 games. They will look to keep that going against a Minnesota team that has struggled to score. The Golden Knights had a 3-1 lead after one, but the Pens tied it up quickly in the 2nd. After that, it was all Vegas. Leading their attack in the contest was Jonathan Marchessault, who notched a hat trick and now has 17 goals on the year. Shea Theodore (6th), Max Pacioretty (13th), Oscar Lindberg (2nd) and William Karlsson (16th) also scored in the win.
🎥 Gallant: We've got two games left before the break and we want to finish strong at home. pic.twitter.com/pQC7FNqTfo
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 20, 2019
Grabbing the win against the Pens was Mark-Andre Fleury who stopped 34 of the 37 shots that he faced to improve to 27-16 with a 2.49 GAA and a .911 save percentage on the year, including 15-7 with a 2.13 GAA and a .926 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 3-8 with a 3.31 GAA against the Wild. Vegas has gone 16-7 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.35 gpg and have allowed 2.09 gpg in those games. The Golden Knights check in ranked 19th in power play conversions at 18.4% and 6th in penalty kill at 83.1%.
- 62-30 in their last 92 vs. the Western Conference
- 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 39-81 in their last 120 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- 3-7 in their last 10 vs. the Western Conference
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Golden Knights to take this one. Ever since joining the league, they have gone 51-21 in their home games, which includes going 16-7 at home this year. The Wild have struggled to score of late as they have averaged just 1.75 gpg over their last eight games and the Golden Knights have allowed just 2.00 gpg over their last 11 games and Fleury has a 2.13 GAA here at home. The Knights are 5-1 in their last six games playing on one day’s rest, while the Wild is 1-5 in their last six vs. the Pacific.
Prediction: Vegas -170
Full-Game Total Pick
Let’s look for this game to go Under the total. The Wild have been struggling to score of late and the Golden Knights have allowed just 2.09 gpg at home. The Knights have averaged 3.35 gpg at home, but Dubnyk has a 1.62 GAA against the Golden Knights. The Under is 7-1-1 in Minnesota’s last nine road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 5-1 in Vegas’ last six when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game.
Prediction: Under 6