Vegas Golden Knights vs. N.J. Devils Pick
Schneider has posted numbers this season that put him in a position where he should probably be in the AHL right now. If he continues playing like this into 2019, the Devils are going to have to make a decision. No one is going to want to take on his contract at this rate, so a trade will be difficult to pull off. Schneider holds a 4.29 GAA and 0.862 save percentage, as he is still searching for a win.
There can be some blame levied on the Devils’ defence, but when it comes down to it, Schneider is getting paid to be a much better goaltender. The Devils have been suffering with 3.59 goals allowed per game. That puts them 28th in the NHL in goals against and the goaltending plays a large role in that.
And it’s gotten worse recently, with 4.3 goals allowed in their previous ten games. They have allowed at least 4 goals in eight of their last ten outings. The offence has been trying to keep up with 3.3 goals scored per game, but that’s not going to offset terrible play like that in their own zone.
It’s unlikely that they are going to see any relief against a Vegas team who have been finding the back of the net lately. The Knights have notched 3.8 goals per game in their last ten games. If they play like they did against the Devils in their last meeting in March, it’s not going to matter.
The Devils scored 8 goals in an 8-3 blowout. Fleury allowed 4 goals and a 0.636 save percentage before getting pulled. The Knights have allowed 3.42 goals per game on the road this season, so there is the opening for the Devils. They have been decent at home with a record of 7-2-4. Vegas are feeling hot right now, so it’s tough to fade a team heating up. The best bet here looks like the OVER.