Face-off: 1600 ET, 02/01/2022
Arena: T-Mobile Arena
Winnipeg will need to shore up their defence as they head south to face an offensively-strong Vegas outfit at T-Mobile Arena.
The Golden Knights are averaging 3.53 goals per game and have scored the most times in the league – and that’s before they slide Jack Eichel into the line-up.
Meanwhile, the Jets have lost five of their last seven games on the road and the first of our NHL predictions expects that run to continue.
We’re taking 2.55 for Vegas to prevail by more than -1.5 goals on the spread.
Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas have scored at least three goals in their last eight games and, coupled with the Jets’ defensive issues, a home win by three goals at NHL odds.
The Golden Knights lead the Western Conference and have been in fine form, going 8-2-0 over their last 10 games, so we think they will come out strong at the start of this game.
Vegas to score the first goal at 3.4 for them to go on to win with over 6.5 total goals in the match.
Robin Lehner is expected to get the start in goal for the Knights and his save percentage of .917 can backstop Vegas to a comfortable victory.
Winnipeg Jets Odds
Special teams will be a key factor for Winnipeg as they go in search of a second consecutive victory following a 4-2 win over the St Louis Blues last time out.
Their penalty kill of 70.6% will come under scrutiny against the offence of the hosts and only Vancouver Canucks have a worse record on the PK.
At the other end of the ice, Winnipeg’s powerplay is currently running at 20.4 and the Jets will need that to click against the Knights.
There is some temptation in having a saver on the visitors to score over 2.5 goals at 1.80 in our Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets predictions.
However, Connor Hellebuyck is set to get the start for the Jets and will need to be stellar to give Winnipeg a shot at victory.
VEGAS 3-1 Anaheim
WINNIPEG 4-2 St Louis
Head-to-head: Winnipeg 4-0 Vegas, Vegas 3-4 Winnipeg, Vegas 5-0 Winnipeg, Vegas 3-6 Winnipeg
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