The Pittsburgh Penguins (21-15-6) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (26-14-5) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Penguins vs Golden Knights
The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Penguins have gone 21-15-6, putting them in 7th place in the Metropolitan Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference. On the road, Pittsburgh has gone 10-7-4.
Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 6-4, and they are 2-3 in their last five games and 1-2 in their last three. For the season, Pittsburgh has been favored in 27 of their 42 games, going 13-10-4 in those games.
On the road this season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 11-10 and an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game. So far, they have won 15 games by multiple goals and have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games.
Overall, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 21-21, and they have gone 11-16 against the puck line when favored. In their last three games, the Penguins have gone 2-1 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin when favored is +.5 goals per game.
In their last game, the Penguins were the hosts against the Kraken, and they came away with a 3-0 win. In the first period, the Penguins struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with two times in the second period and one goal in the third. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 33 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
Pittsburgh secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
The Vegas Golden Knights Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Golden Knights have been dominant, going 17-5-2. In the Pacific Division, Vegas is in 2nd place with a record of 9-7. In the Western Conference, the Golden Knights are in 5th place with 57 points and an overall record of 26-14-5. Over their last ten games, Vegas is 5-5 and has won two straight games at home.
As underdogs, the Golden Knights have gone 8-5-1 in 14 games this season. Over their last three games, Vegas has gone 2-1. In the Pacific Division, the Golden Knights are in 2nd place with a record of 9-7.
At home, the Golden Knights have gone 13-11 vs. the puck line this season and have an average scoring margin of +1.2 goals per game. So far, they have been the underdog in 14 games and have gone 10-4 vs. the puck line in those games.
Overall, Vegas has gone 22-23 vs. the puck line, including a mark of 5-5 in their last ten games. In their last three home games, the Golden Knights have gone 2-1 vs. the puck line.
The Golden Knights most recently faced the Rangers at home and achieved a 5-1 win. Against the Rangers, Golden Knights’ offense was able to score in all three periods. Vegas’ offense came up with one power-play goals and added one when shorthanded. They wrapped up the game with 26 shots on goal.
Entering the game as the underdog, Vegas came away with a victory against the puck line. The combined total of 6 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals for the game.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 24th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 10th in the league. This season, the Penguins have a 14-9 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 6-6 record.
The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 16-23-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
Golden Knights Offense Breakdown
The Golden Knights come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 15th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 6th in the league. So far this year, the Golden Knights are 12-9 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 13-5 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Golden Knights’ have an over/under record of 20-25-0. Throughout the season, they have played 23 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 6 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
Defensively, the Golden Knights come into the season ranked 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vegas. For the season, they are ranked 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Penguins vs Golden Knights Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of 5-5 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 4-6 overall in these games.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Vegas has an puck line record of 4-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
- As the betting underdog, the Golden Knights have an puck line record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Penguins have a straight up record of 2-3 and an puck line mark of 2-3.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Penguins to come out with a win against the Golden Knights while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at -113, I’m placing my bet on the Penguins to win outright.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Golden Knights to cover. Even in the event of a Penguins victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Golden Knights should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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