Predators vs Golden Knights Preview and Free Pick [2/16/19]

Nashville (34-21-5) at Vegas (31-24-4)
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Where: T-Mobile Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada

Time: 10:05 ET | TV: FS Tennessee,
AT&T Sportsnet-Rocky Mountain

Opening Odds: Vegas -121/5.5

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Two Western Conference powers in the NHL will try and get back on track when they meet Saturday night in Sin City as the Vegas Golden Knights host the Nashville Predators. The teams have met five times since Vegas entered the league last season and the Preds own a 3-2 lead by taking the last three, and the last four meetings have gone under. The Golden Knights hardly lost at all last season at T-Mobile Arena, but they are currently mired in a five-game losing streak at home after Thursday’s 6-3 setback versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vegas is still in good position sitting in third-place in the Pacific Division, nine points behind second-place San Jose and seven points clear of fourth-place Vancouver. Nashville, which posted a 2-1 victory at Vegas less than a month ago and also knocked off the visiting Golden Knights 4-1 in October, ended a three-game slide with a 3-1 home win over Montreal on Thursday. The victory moved the Preds to within two points of first place Winnipeg in the Central Division and 10 points clear of third-place St. Louis.


Forward Brian Boyle, who was acquired from New Jersey, finally scored his first goal with Nashville in five games when he tallied against Montreal on Thursday. The Predators have won three of their last four away from home, allowing a total of six goals in that stretch and will play two more games this year against the team their chasing in the Central – Winnipeg. Viktor Arvidsson continues to supply a lot of offense by scoring for the fourth time in three games to give him 12 goals in the last 13 games overall. Forward Ryan Hartman ended a long 27-game goal drought Thursday and scored twice against Vegas in October.

Vegas has not only lost their last five at home, but the last three have been hard to swallow since the team has collapsed in the third period in the last three contests. The Knights gave up two late goals to lose a lead in a 4-3 loss to Columbus last weekend before Arizona and Toronto each scored three unanswered third-period goals in its last two. William Karlsson scored his 18th goal Thursday but has been shut down by Nashville in the past, scoring just once in nine games versus the Predators.

The Predators have taken the last 3 meetings with Vegas.

Vegas is not as dominant as last year’s squad, but they’re still a pretty solid team that’s hit a rough patch. Nashville has not played particularly well of late either. I think the Knights finally put in a full 60 minutes in this game and break the home skid.

Pick: Golden Knights -120

Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog.

Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog.

Predators are 17-8 in their last 25 vs. a team with a winning record.

Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.

Golden Knights are 23-6 in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Golden Knights are 17-5 in their last 22 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.

Golden Knights are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.

Golden Knights are 28-13 in their last 41 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.

Golden Knights are 2-6 in their last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Golden Knights are 2-7 in their last 9 overall.

Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.

Golden Knights are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a favorite.

Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.