Vegas Golden Knights (18-14-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-13-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +114 / Vegas Golden Knights -137 — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Friday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be looking to build on back-to-back victories following a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders in their last outing. Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring for Vegas just :34 into the game, but the lead wouldn’t last as the Islanders tied the game just 2:43 later. The Isles took the lead just after the midway point of the 2nd frame before William Karlsson tied the game at 2-2 heading to the final period where Tomas Nosek broke the deadlock and gave Vegas the victory. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win to improve his record to 18-10-1 after stopping 23 of 25 shots faced in the winning effort.
The New Jersey Devils will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses following a 5-2 loss to San Jose in their last outing. Drew Stafford opened the scoring just after the midway point of the 1st period, but found themselves down 2-1 after 20 minutes of play and 3-1 early in the 2nd period. Andy Greene cut the deficit back to 3-2, but that’s as close as New Jersey would get as San Jose re-established their 2-goal lead before adding a 5th goal late in the 3rd period to seal New Jersey’s fate in the game. Keith Kinkaid took the loss, falling to 10-8-6 this season after allowing all 5 goals on 34 shots in the losing effort.
Vegas is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. New Jersey is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 7-19 in their last 26 games overall while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference.
New Jersey with plus money at home is slightly tempting considering that the Devils have been a much better home team than on the road this season. However, Vegas is still red hot, winning 9 of their last 11 games and are starting to look like the team that made the Stanley Cup Finals last season. I’ll lay the juice with Vegas as the Golden Knights are simply more trustworthy in their current form than New Jersey.