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How to Bet Nashville at Vegas NHL Lines & Expert Pick

Written by on January 2, 2018

The game of the night Tuesday in the NHL’s Western Conference is clearly defending conference champion Nashville visiting the team with the most points in the West, the shockingly good expansion Vegas Golden Knights. It’s Nashville’s first-ever trip to Vegas. The Golden Knights are favorites in the NHL lines.

How to Bet Nashville at Vegas NHL Lines & Expert Pick

When: Tuesday, 10 PM ET Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas TV: TSN Radio: 102.5 FM (Nashville) / KRLV 98.9 FM (Vegas) Opening NHL Lines: Golden Knights -135, Predators +122 (6)

Season Series

Vegas won the first meeting, 4-3 in a shootout in Nashville on Dec. 8. Malcolm Subban made a career-high 41 saves — including one against his older sibling P.K., a star Nashville defenseman — and then denied all six shootout attempts. It was the first time the Subbans faced each other in an NHL game. They became the 10th set of brothers to play against one another with one a skater and the other a goaltender. Reilly Smith scored the only goal of a six-round shootout for the Golden Knights. William Karlsson, James Neal and Erik Haula scored in regulation. Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Nick Bonino had the goals for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves.

Latest NHL Lines Trends

  • Nashville is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Nashville is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • Las Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Las Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Why Bet on Nashville’s NHL Lines?

The Predators (23-10-5) come off a 3-0 home win over Minnesota on Dec. 30. Scott Hartnell scored the game-winning goal. Hartnell drew back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Friday. He has five goals and eight points in 24 contests this season. P.K. Subban scored a goal and added an assist. Subban has nine points in his last nine games. Juuse Saros made 29 saves. The backup netminder is 4-0-2 in his last six starts. He has allowed five goals in his past five appearances, which includes four starts and one relief outing. Saros has posted two shutouts and a .971 save percentage. He has a 4-3-2 record this season now with a 2.38 GAA and a .925 save percentage. The Predators are without one of their top players in forward Filip Forsberg. He was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The high-scoring Swede had played in all 82 regular-season games for Nashville the past three seasons and all 42 postseason games in that time frame as well. In 37 games played this season, Forsberg leads the Predators with 15 goals and 34 points and is tied for the team lead with 19 assists. Prior to Saturday’s game with the Wild, the Predators hadn’t played without Forsberg in a regular-season or playoff game since April 13, 2014. He was one of nine NHL players to appear in all of his team’s regular-season games since the start of the 2014-15 season before sitting out Saturday. Without him, more burden falls on center Ryan Johansen and forward Viktor Arvidsson, who haven’t experienced the same success in terms of scoring and controlling puck possession without Forsberg by their side. The Preds could see the season debut of defenseman Ryan Ellis in this game, however. Ellis has not played this season while recovering from offseason knee surgery. He participated in practice in Nashville on Monday and was paired with Roman Josi. Ellis had 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 71 regular-season games in 2016-17 and had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 22 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Predators reach the Cup Final for the first time.

Why Bet on Vegas’ NHL Lines?

Pacific Division-leading Vegas (26-9-2) is on a seven-game winning streak. The Knights routed Toronto 6-3 on New Year’s Eve. William Karlsson tallied three goals and one assist in the win. Karlsson got the first hat trick in Golden Knights history when he scored his third of the contest into an empty net. He also became the team’s first player to hit the 20-goal mark. Karlsson has 33 points in 37 games. Malcolm Subban stopped 20 shots. He has won each of his last six starts and owns a mark of 10-2-0 on the season. Subban also has great peripherals with a 2.25 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Karlsson was named the NHL’s No. 2 star for last week. He registered 4-1-5 in three contests to help the Golden Knights extend their win and point streaks to seven and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively – the longest such runs by any NHL team in its inaugural season. Karlsson ranks sixth in the league with 20 goals in 37 games this season (20-13-33); he had 18 goals in 183 career NHL appearances prior to 2017-18 (18-32-50). With 3.54 goals per game, the Golden Knights have the highest scoring offense in the Western Conference. While Karlsson and James Neal have gotten most of the headlines this season, Jonathan Marchessault has emerged as the team’s leading point scorer with 36. He started the season slow with no points in his first three games and missed three games due to injury in mid-October, but hasn’t slowed down since. He has at least one point in 19 of the past 31 games since returning from injury and has four goals and six assists during Vegas’ seven-game winning streak. Only the Tampa Bay Lightning have more wins and points league-wide than Vegas — which is well on its way to becoming the first team in the post-expansion era to make the playoffs in its inaugural season.

Expert Prediction & NHL Betting Pick

Vegas extends its winning streak to eight games, but P.K. Subban gets a goal past his brother.