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The Vegas Golden Knights and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Friday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena. The Vegas Golden Knights need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 24 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 28 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 103 goals on 1,131 shots faced, and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 52 goals on 520 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Kris Letang has 43 assists and Evan Rodriguez has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 103 goals on 1,288 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has allowed 40 goals on 423 shots.
The Golden Knights are 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 20-7 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest. The Penguins are 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 24-11 in their last 35 overall. The under is 6-2 in Golden Knights last 8 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be favored at home more times than not, and there’s really no reason to bet against them. However, we’re getting plus money with a good Vegas Golden Knights side, and they’ve had no issues winning on the end of a back to back this season. It’s just a value play, getting a good team in the underdog role. Give me Vegas on the road.