The Golden Knights come into tonight’s game in Florida during the middle of a slippery slump of results that’s seen them win just 3 of their previous 9 NHL games. Meanwhile, Florida is running red hot right now on home ice with 12 wins from their previous 15.
Both teams have been leaking a lot more goals than they would like this season but on the goalscoring front, both these teams rank 2nd and 8th respectively. Let’s analyze this matchup in-depth to make the right NHL pick!
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers
Thursday, January 27, 2022 – 7:00 PM EST at FLA Live Arena
Vegas Golden Knights
The absence of the Golden Knights' top defenseman (Alec Martinez) this month shows as they have allowed an average of 3 goals per game in the month of January alone and have allowed the third worst goals expected against. Although they have scored three or more in five of their previous eight NHL games, they have only managed to be on the winning side in three of those eight.
Eastern teams have not been good for the Golden Knights who have averaged just over 4 goals against them this season and now they face the most formidable offense of the lot. We expect tonight’s game to produce a lot of high-scoring opportunities on both ends of the ice, but can the Golden Knights keep peace with Florida’s scoring or else keep their scoring to a minimum? Max Pacioretty could start for the Knights tonight.
Although the Winnipeg Jets kept Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau to zero points last time out, the Panthers still prevailed as winners by a scoreline of 5-3. This goes to show us just how strong the depth in their roaster is. This team is a serious contender for the NHL Stanley Cup and we are very pleased to have tipped and bet these at +2500 before the start of the season.
The Panthers have hosted the Golden Knights on home ice on three occasions in the past, with 4-3 and 3-1 wins in their first two meetings and a 7-2 loss on the third, with that being said the Golden Knights haven’t played here in almost two years.
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Vegas Golden Knights
- The total has gone over in 4 of Vegas' last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.
- Vegas is 3-6 in their last 9 games.
- Vegas is 7-1 in their last 8 games on the road.
- The total has gone over in 11 of Florida's last 14 games.
- Florida is 11-3 in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone over in 7 of Florida's last 7 games at home.
Betting Odds and Current Lines
Moneyline: The Golden Knights are as high as +148 on the moneyline for tonight’s game. If you wish to take the home favorites in Florida you will have to lay juice up to -160 with the best online sportsbooks.
Total: Tonight’s total is set at a very high 6.5, with both these teams being able to score for fun and defensive frailties this is the reason why. The over is coming in at -125 whilst the under is priced up at +120 with some sportsbooks.
Puck Line: Vegas on the PK line of +1.5 is available to bet at -160, whilst the Panthers laying -1.5 goals is +140.
These teams have combined for 25 overs and 17 unders on the 6.5 goals line when playing home and away respectively, Florida has seen the most home games in the league go over 6.5 goals and the Golden Knights are the third most away from home.
Although it’s very enticing to take the 'over' 6.5 here, we believe the best play here is the Golden Knights team total over 2.5 and lay the juice to as low as -135/-140. If we need over 6.5 goals one would suspect we need Vegas to contribute three more often than not and let’s be honest as strong as Florida is going forward and scoring, their team total is set at 3.5 for the same NHL odds as Vegas.
Essentially, we believe the Golden Knights offense to be strong enough and the Panthers defense weak enough that we can see the road dogs easily scoring three against this Florida team. Florida has been very strong at home and Vegas is a team we rarely like to bet against so for us this is a stay away on the moneyline.
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