Devils-Golden Knights Betting Preview: Vegas Expected to Make It Six in A Row
Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Paul Stastny
Betting odds: New Jersey Devils at Vegas Golden Knights
- Devils moneyline: +203
- Golden Knights moneyline: -245
- Over/Under: 6
- Puck drop: 4 p.m. ET
All odds courtesy of The Action Network App and current as of 12 a.m.
NHL record: 31-32, +10.32 units
Things didn’t go as planned betting against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night. The Knights absolutely shelled the Ducks, who were lucky to be in the game thanks to John Gibson’s thaumaturgic play in goal.
Vegas has won five in a row and has gained a point in seven games on the bounce and will return home on Sunday for a matinee with the New Jersey Devils, who will be without their best player and reigning league MVP, Taylor Hall.
Hall’s injury gives the Knights an extra bump for sure, but should the odds be this wide in a game between two teams that have a penchant for creating a lot of scoring chances?
The Devils and Golden Knights both rank among the best teams in the NHL in high-danger scoring chance rate and expected shooting percentage at 5v5, so it’s fair to expect a bit of a see-saw battle at T-Mobile Arena. Especially when you consider that New Jersey ranks third in the NHL in expected goals (xG) “pace”.
So even though the Knights are a terrific defensive team, the script for this game calls for some back-and-forth action, which should increase the volatility of an already volatile, luck-driven sport. In short, the playing field should be leveled, even if just a little bit.
The Devils have already indicated that Keith Kinkaid will man the cage for them and his likely counterpart will be Marc-Andre Fleury. Even though the edge in goal is with the Knights, Fleury hasn’t been particularly consistent this season and this game figures to have some scoring in it, so I’m not too bothered about the potential mismatch in net.
The Golden Knights are highly likely to win this game, but at these odds they have an implied probability of over 68% after removing the vigorish. That number is just too high and, even though it’s a bet you lose more often than you win, I’d play the Devils at any number above +190.
The Bet: New Jersey Devils +203