The Vegas Golden Knights (21-6-5) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (16-13-3) on Tuesday, December 19th. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Golden Knights are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hurricanes are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Capitals. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Carolina Hurricanes
The Vegas Golden Knights Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Golden Knights have an overall record of 21-6-5. On the road, Vegas holds a 9-3-3 mark, and they are 12-3-2 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 1st in the Western conference. This season, Vegas has managed to win 13 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 16-16.
Facing the Senators in their last game, the Golden Knights won by a score of 6-3. Against the Senators, the Golden Knights’ offense netted goals in all three periods. Two of Vegas’ six goals were generated during power plays, while one were scored when shorthanded. In total, they had 31 shots on goal.
Vegas secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Hurricanes have a mark of 16-13-3. When going on the road, Carolina has a record of 8-10-0 record, while they are 8-3-3 at their home arena. At the moment, they hold the 4th spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 7th in the Eastern conference. This season, Carolina has managed to win nine games by a margin of more than one goal while losing eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 10-21.
The Hurricanes aim to bounce back following their 2-1 loss at home to the Capitals. In terms of offense, the Hurricanes faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Capitals, but they managed to score one time in the second period. Against Washington, Carolina’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 29 shots on goal overall.
Carolina was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
Vegas Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Golden Knights have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. In terms of the Golden Knights’ offense during power plays, they are 5th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.
The Golden Knights come in with an over/under record of 15-17-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 16 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
Carolina Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Hurricanes are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 9th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 2nd in the league. Carolina’s offense is currently ranked 11th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 6th in the league.
The Hurricanes’ come into the game with an over/under record of 14-16-1. Over the course of last season, they had 44 games that did not surpass the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games was 5.8 per game.
Vegas Team Defense
Vegas defense takes on the Hurricanes ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.1 shots per game against Vegas. They alsso are 8th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Carolina Team Defense
Defensively, the Hurricanes come into the season ranked 31st in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 25.2 shots per game against Carolina. For the season, they are ranked 11th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Trends
- Although Vegas has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 5-5. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- Across their three previous home games, Carolina has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Hurricanes have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 1-2.
- Although the Golden Knights have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 1-2.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Hurricanes to defeat the Golden Knights while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at -131, I’m placing a wager on the Hurricanes to win outright.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Golden Knights to cover. Even in the event of a Hurricanes victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, 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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