The Vegas Golden Knights (15-4-1) play host to the Ottawa Senators (6-11-1) at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. Ottawa is coming off a 5-1 loss against the Sharks on Monday. The Senators committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal.
Tim Stuetzle was the only player to find the net for the Senators. Cam Talbot started in the loss and saved only four of seven shots against (.571%). Vegas is back home for a four-game homestand after an exciting 5-4 win over the Canucks on Monday.
William Carrier scored twice to lead the Golden Knights. Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and two assists to lead the team in scoring. Logan Thompson stopped only 25 of 29 shots (.862%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Golden Knights won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 5-4 victory on November 3, their seventh straight win against Ottawa. Mark Stone led Vegas with two points (1G 1A). Brady Tkachuk led Ottawa with three points (0G 3A). Thompson got the win, saving 42 of 46 shots (.913%).
Ottawa is averaging 3.17 goals per game for the season, 15th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Golden Knights team that is allowing only 2.55 goals a game (5th). Meanwhile, Vegas has found the net 3.65 times a game on average, fifth in the league, and the Senators are allowing opponents to score 3.56 goals per game (26th).
Power play opportunities ought to be plentiful for the Golden Knights, as the Senators are averaging 5.28 penalties per game, second-most in the NHL. The visitors’ 12.67 penalty minutes a game ranks third-highest. The home team has been penalized 2.65 times a game for an average of 5.60 minutes, both of which are the lowest in the league.
The Senators’ 21.54% power play percentage ranks 13th in the league, while the Golden Knights are 22nd with a conversion rate of 18.97%. When it comes to penalty killing, Ottawa has the league’s 16th-ranked PK% at 78.87%, while Vegas is 20th at 77.55%.
With 22 points this season, Tkachuk is the top skater for the Senators. He has seven goals and 15 assists in 18 games. In the net, Talbot (1-3-0) is Ottawa’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.42 GAA and a .924% save percentage. Anton Forsberg (4-7-1) leads the Senators in games played in goal.
He has a GAA of 3.51 and a save percentage of .901%.Jack Eichel leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 24 points. He has 10 goals and 14 assists. Thompson (9-3-0) has the best goals against average for Vegas at 2.27. He has a save percentage of .925%.
HOME AND AWAY
Ottawa is 1-5-1 away from Canadian Tire Centre this season. Vegas is 6-3-0 at home this season.
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Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+105)
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