Vegas is averaging 3.38 goals per game for the season, eighth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Panthers team that is allowing 3.27 goals a game (20th).
Meanwhile, Florida has found the net 3.42 times a game on average, sixth in the league, and the Golden Knights are allowing opponents to score 2.71 goals per game (6th).
Florida averages more shots (35.9) than most teams in the league, ranking second, though the team’s 9.6% shooting percentage is 21st. Vegas has been one of the league’s best shot-stopping teams, ranking No. 5 with a team save percentage of .916%.
Expect several power play opportunities for the Golden Knights, as the Panthers have been penalized 4.85 times a game, most in the NHL, for an average of 13.29 minutes (first-highest).
The visitors are averaging 3.32 penalties (2nd-fewest in the league) and 9.12 penalty minutes a game (20th-fewest). The Panthers’ 22.70% power play percentage ranks 12th in the league, while the Golden Knights are 19th with a conversion rate of 20.15%. In terms of defending power plays, Vegas has the league’s 22nd-ranked PK% at 75.30%, while Florida is 24th at 74.79%.
With 66 and 65 points this season, Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson have been the top skaters for the Golden Knights. In the net, Adin Hill (16-7-1) is Vegas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.49 GAA and a .914% save percentage.
Logan Thompson (21-13-3) leads the Golden Knights in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.65 and a save percentage of .915%.
Matthew Tkachuk leads the Panthers in scoring with 109 points (7th in the league). He has 40 goals and 69 assists (5th) in 79 games. Sergei Bobrovsky (24-20-3) has the best goals against average for Florida at 3.07. He has a save percentage of .901%.
HOME AND AWAY
Vegas is 32-8-9 away from T-Mobile Arena this season. Florida is 27-16-5 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights (+100)
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