We are beyond the halfway point of the NHL season, although still a week and a half away from the All-Star Game, which is set to go on January 26 in San Jose. There are still a lot of games to be played between now and then, though, and given how tight the race is in the Western Conference, we may see a change in the standings before we reach the season break.
The game between the Vegas Golden Knight and the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night could certainly have an impact on those standings, as both of these teams are hot on the heels of the conference-leading Calgary Flames. The Winnipeg Jets are currently leading the way in the Central Division, while the Vegas Golden Knights are on a great run of form that has moved them up to the #3 spot in the Pacific Division. These two teams met in the playoffs last season, with the Knights getting the best of the Jets in that series. The Jets are the NHL betting favorites here, with the goal total set at 6 ½.
Golden Knights vs Jets NHL Odds & Game Preview
🎥 Gallant: It’s just another game for us. It was a great playoff series against them last year but, to me, that’s last year. pic.twitter.com/ZRSTNuL13p— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) 14 de enero de 2019
- When: Tuesday, January 15 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
- TV: NHL Network
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Winnipeg -1.5 (Total 6.5)
Why bet on the Vegas Golden Knights?
The Vegas Golden Knights entered their second season in existence with a bit of a Stanley Cup hangover. It took them a little while to get going, but they are now showing the form that took them all the way to the Final in their inaugural season. As mentioned earlier, Vegas is sitting in 3rd in the Pacific Division, just 4 points off the pace being set by the Flames. In the past couple of weeks, the Golden Knights have been red-hot, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
They have done their best work on home ice, but are maintaining a positive record on the road, going 13-12-1 to this point in the season. Between the regular season and the playoffs, Vegas has played Winnipeg 8 times, winning 6 of those games. In regular season play, these two have combined for over 7 GPG.
- Goals: 3.04
- Shots: 33.15
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.44
- Goals: 2.65
- Shots: 28.44
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.14
Why bet on the Winnipeg Jets?
The Winnipeg Jets are 1 of just 4 teams in the Western Conference who have reached the 60-point mark this season. That point total has led them to the top of the Central Division, but the race there is tight, with the Nashville Predators sitting just 2 points off the pace.
Winnipeg went through a little dip in form over the last 10 games, but they seem to be coming out of that by posting back to back wins over the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks, a pair of wins that means they have now won each of their last 4 games on home ice. The Jets are among the best and most consistent goal-getters in the NHL, racking up 156 goals in 45 games, 10 goals better off than the Vegas Knights, who have actually played 3 more games.
- Goals: 3.47
- Shots: 32.11
- PP/PK Percentage: 28.06
- Goals: 2.84
- Shots: 32.13
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.70
Golden Knights vs Jets NHL Betting Trends
- Vegas is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
- Vegas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vegas’s last 6 games
- Winnipeg is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Vegas
- Winnipeg is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vegas
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 6 games when playing Vegas
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Golden Knights vs Jets
The Winnipeg Jets have been a solid 17-6-2 in their own building this season, but they are going to have their hands full with a Vegas team that is very much on fire at the moment. I like the OVER in this one, and I would not be surprised to see OT here.
Score: Vegas Golden Knights 4 – Winnipeg Jets 5