Golden Knights vs Devils Prediction & Picks: Expect Plenty of Goals Scored in Newark

Devon Platana

The Vegas Golden Knights travel out east to take on the New Jersey Devils in NHL inter-conference action scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. This Golden Knights vs Devils matchup is seen by many as a potential Stanley Cup Final preview as Vegas owns +1100 odds (No. 5) to win the championship while New Jersey sits at +1500 (T-No. 8), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Despite their favorable Stanley Cup odds, the Golden Knights have been far from reliable lately. Vegas enters this contest following Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, dropping the former’s record to 2-5-0 over the last seven games.

On the other hand, the Devils are as hot as can be. Lindy Ruff’s club improved to 6-0-1 over the last seven games with a 2-1 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their latest outing. It remains to be seen if New Jersey can keep the success coming against a frustrated Golden Knights squad.

Not only is this contest shaping up to be interesting, but there are a number of betting opportunities in this Golden Knights vs Devils tilt that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a look at FanDuel Sportsbook’s latest odds for the game, as well as a prediction and the best bet to make, courtesy of Betting News.

Vegas Golden Knights vs New Jersey Devils Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Vegas Golden Knights (29-17-2, 15-4-2 Away) vs. New Jersey Devils 30-12-4, 12-10-2 Home)
  • Venue & Location: Prudential Center (Newark, New Jersey)
  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Golden Knights vs Devils TV Info: ESPN+, Hulu

Golden Knights vs Devils Odds

Game odds are via FanDuel as of Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8:50 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.

Spread

  • Vegas Golden Knights +1.5 (-170)
  • New Jersey Devils -1.5 (+138)

Over/Under

  • Over 6.5 Goals (-102)
  • Under 6.5 Goals (-120)

Moneyline

  • Vegas Golden Knights +146
  • New Jersey Devils -176

Golden Knights vs Devils Betting Trends

  • Vegas is 2-5 straight up in its last seven games played in January.
  • New Jersey is 6-1 straight up in its last seven games.
  • The total has hit the under in each of Vegas’ last five road games.
  • The total has hit the over in each of New Jersey’s last five games against the Pacific Division.
  • The total has hit the under in two of the last three Vegas-New Jersey matchups.

Golden Knights vs Devils Prediction and Picks

Golden Knights vs Devils Prediction: Devils 4, Golden Knights 3

Golden Knights vs Devils Best Bet: Devils ML (Best Value: -176 at FanDuel) & Over 6.5 Goals (Best Value: -102 at FanDuel)

Though the Golden Knights still sit first in the Pacific Division, their lead has diminished amid their current struggles. One of the reasons why Vegas has lost more than it’s won lately is due to the team’s inability to keep the puck out of its net.

The Golden Knights have surrendered at least four goals in four of their last seven games, losing each time that they’ve done so.

Vegas goaltender Logan Thompson has been inconsistent over that span, going 1-4-0 in his last five starts with a 3.31 goals-against average (GAA) and .889 save percentage (SV%). In fact, he recorded a sub-.900 SV% in three of those outings.

The Golden Knights own the NHL’s No. 8 power-play unit (24.6%), but they’ve struggled on the man advantage lately, only converting on two of their last 13 attempts (15.4%). Unfortunately for Vegas, that trend might not change tonight considering how the Devils boast the ninth-best penalty kill (81.1%).

New Jersey’s power play has also played well lately, converting on seven of the last 24 attempts (29.2%). With the Golden Knights’ penalty kill being fairly average this season, a few penalties could spell disaster with the way that the Devils’ PP is playing.

Can Jack Eichel and the Golden Knights reverse their fortunes tonight?

The Devils haven’t been special at home this season, highlighted by an eight-game losing streak at Prudential Center that went on from the beginning of December until early January. Having said that, they’ve won back-to-back home games since the streak ended, picking up impressive victories over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

And while the Golden Knights are one of the NHL’s best road teams, they’ve dropped three of their last four away matchups. Furthermore, they just allowed four goals to the Coyotes — the fourth-worst team in the league — and that makes Vegas more difficult to trust.

In what should be a closely-fought Golden Knights vs Devils matchup, I’m taking New Jersey to win. The Devils have been playing better hockey lately and should be able to take advantage of Vegas’ struggles in what should be a close-fought affair.

In addition to taking the Devils on the moneyline, I also recommend taking the over on the 6.5-goal total. Eight of New Jersey’s last 10 games have seen more than 6.5 goals scored. Furthermore, the total has also gone over in four of the Golden Knights’ last six games against the Metropolitan Division.

With both sides hungry for victory for different reasons, I see that motivation leading to more goals than expected.

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Devon Platana
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