It has been an exciting first half of the season in the NHL, but it winds down on Wednesday night, with a handful of games on the schedule taking us into the All-Star break. As we head towards the festivities this weekend, we have two clear favorites emerging as contenders for the Stanly Cup, with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the East and the Calgary Flames in the West being the only two teams to have hit the 70-point mark.
There are, of course, a number of teams sitting not that far off the pace being set by these two, some of whom may make a move in the second half, especially if they dip into the market at the trade deadline. The Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights are certainly in the mix, with these two teams hooking up on Wednesday night for an important Western Conference clash. It is the Golden Knights who are in as the NHL betting favorite for this one, with the goal total set at 6.
Predators vs Golden Knights NHL Week 17 Odds & Game Info
🎥 Gallant: We’ve got to compete harder. We’ve got to be better. pic.twitter.com/PCdhFWLJXX— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) 22 de enero de 2019
- When: Wednesday, January 23 at 9 PM EST
- Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Week 17 Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (Total 6)
Why bet on the Nashville Predators?
The Nashville Predators are sitting just 2 points back of the Winnipeg Jets at the top of the Central Division, and while they can draw even with the leaders tonight, they will have played 4 more games than the Jets. Getting the points in the bag is crucial as the Predators look to stay in the division race, as well as in one of the automatic playoff spots that come with finishing in the top 3 in the division.
The Predators are coming off a win that has taken their record in the last 1o games to 5-3-2, and while many teams struggle to get anything going on the road, Nashville has put together a very respectable 13-9-4 record away from home. The Predators won their last meeting with the Golden Knight by a score of 4-1, but that one came on home ice.
- Goals: 3.12
- Shots: 32.53
- PP/PK Percentage: 13.87
- Goals: 2.63
- Shots: 29.02
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.13
Why bet on the Las Vegas Knights?The Vegas Golden Knights come into this game with the exact same 29-18-4 record as their opponent on Wednesday night, making this one a bit of a tie-breaker in regards the playoff standings. While the Golden Knights are coming off a home loss to the Minnesota Wild, they are still a team in a rather rich vein of form, winning 7 of their last 10 games.
It has been their play on home ice that has helped propel them to the #3 spot in the Pacific Division after a very slow start to the season, with Vegas putting together a stellar 16-5-3 record in their own building. While they have lost the previous 2 meetings with the Predators, overall the series stands at 2-2, with 3 of the 4 games played between these teams going the way of the home team.
- Goals: 3.06
- Shots: 33.37
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.11
- Goals: 2.71
- Shots: 28.45
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.44
Predators vs Golden Knights NHL Week 17 Betting Trends
- Nashville is 5-11 ATS in the last 16 games on the road
- Nashville is 5-13 SU in the last 18 games on the road
- The total went OVER in 6 of Nashville’s last 9 games on the road
- Vegas is 3-6 ATS in the last 9 games at home
- Vegas is 14-5 SU in the last 19 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Predators vs Golden Knights
I think this is one that is going to be close, which is why I would take the Predators at +1 ½, although I do believe that Vegas will come out with the win. I also see this one slipping just UNDER the goal total.
Score: Nashville Predators 2 – Vegas Golden Knights 3