The New Jersey Devils put their three-game winning streak on the line when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Friday, March 3. Dougie Hamilton scored the overtime winner in New Jersey’s 3-2 win over Vegas back in January, leaving the road team looking to sweep the Devils vs Golden Knights season series tonight.
The Devils are coming off a massive 7-5 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Dawson Mercer led the charge with a four-point showing (one goal, three assists) while four other New Jersey players also had multi-point efforts.
On the other side, the Golden Knights aim for their second straight home win this evening. They picked up a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at T-Mobile Arena two nights ago as Jack Eichel scored twice while Reilly Smith tallied the game-winning goal late into the third period.
A battle between two of the NHL’s best clubs means you won’t want to miss tonight’s Devils vs Golden Knights showdown. Here’s a look at everything you need to know for the contest, from FanDuel Sportsbook’s latest odds to an expert prediction and the best bet to make, courtesy of
Betting News. New Jersey Devils vs Vegas Golden Knights Matchup Information and Betting Odds Matchup Information Matchup: New Jersey Devils (40-15-5, 22-4-3 Away) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (36-19-6, 19-13-1 Home) Venue & Location: T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada) Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 Game Time: 10 p.m. Eastern Time Devils vs Golden Knights TV Info: ESPN+ Devils vs Golden Knights Odds Game odds are via FanDuel as of Friday, March 3 at 8:20 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article. Spread New Jersey Devils -1.5 (+220) Vegas Golden Knights +1.5 (-280) Over/Under Over 6 Goals (-118) Under 6 Goals (-104) Moneyline New Jersey Devils -113 Vegas Golden Knights -106 Devils vs Golden Knights Betting Trends New Jersey is 11-4 straight up in its last 15 road games. Vegas is 6-1 straight up in its last seven home games. The total has hit the over in seven of New Jersey’s last nine games played in March. The total has hit the under in six of Vegas’ last eight games against the Eastern Conference. The total has hit the under in four of the last six New Jersey-Vegas matchups. Devils Surge into March
The Devils have been one of the best teams throughout the 2022-23 NHL season, but they’ve truly picked things up over the last could of months.
Since Jan. 7, the Devils have gone 16-3-2 over their last 21 games. They’ve completely dominated their opponents over that stretch, outscoring them 82-58. What’s even more impressive is that New Jersey’s 81.0% winning percentage during that span is the best in the NHL.
The Devils have racked up the wins due to their top players showing up when it counts. Jack Hughes has been terrific, racking up 12 goals and 16 assists over his last 17 games alone. It’s a long shot, but he’s now tied for the third-best Hart Memorial Trophy odds (+4800) on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Can Jack Hughes keep up his impressive play against the Golden Knights tonight?
Dougie Hamilton and Dawson Mercer have been point-per-game players over the last 21 games, racking up 24 and 22 points, respectively, in that time. That’s not even to mention that Nico Hischier has 20 points while Jesper Bratt boasts 18 in the last 21 games as well.
The Devils have also been getting solid goaltending, too. Vitek Vanecek is 14-1-1 in his last 16 starts, recording a 2.55 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He also stopped 28-of-30 shots in the win against the Golden Knights earlier this season.
New Jersey has also picked up points in five of its last six road games, going 4-1-1 in those contests. The Devils own one of the best road records in the league this season, so marching into T-Mobile Arena shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Can Golden Knights Stand Tall at Home?
After winning five consecutive games, the Golden Knights have lost three of their last five outings. Fortunately for them, another game at T-Mobile Arena could help them turn things around.
After all, the Golden Knights have won six of their last seven home games and just defeated a very good Hurricanes squad in their last outing in ‘Sin City.’
Probable starting goaltender Adin Hill (per
) has been great at home lately, going 5-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .921 SV% in his last six starts at T-Mobile Arena. He also hasn’t lost in the building since Jan. 19, winning each of his last four appearances. Daily Faceoff
While goaltending has been a strong point for the Golden Knights at home, something that hasn’t been is their power play. Vegas is an abysmal 1-for-21 (4.8%) on the power play in its last 10 home games.
It’s going to be hard to change that when New Jersey has gone five straight games without allowing a PP goal, killing off nine penalties over that span.
It’d also help the Golden Knights if Jack Eichel could continue his impressive scoring ways. The 26-year-old forward has seven goals in his last nine games and will be looking to pick up from where he left off after his two-goal showing against Carolina.
Devils vs Golden Knights Prediction and Picks Devils vs Golden Knights Prediction: Devils 3, Golden Knights 2 Devils vs Golden Knights Picks: Devils ML (Best Value: -113 at FanDuel) & Under 6 Goals (Best Value: -104 at FanDuel)
The Golden Knights’ recent inconsistencies make them tough to trust, leading to my predicting the Devils to win tonight. New Jersey has been on fire since the calendar flipped to 2023 and its impressive road play this season can’t be ignored. Vegas will keep it close, but it won’t be good enough.
I also recommend backing the under on the 6-goal total. For starters, both sides have been getting solid goaltending. Second, the under is 4-2 in the last six Devils vs Golden Knights matchups, finishing with fewer than six goals in each of the last two meetings.
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