Golden Knights vs. Devils NHL Pick – December 14th





<p>The Vegas Golden Knights got off to a nice start in the first game of their four-game road trip. They won’t be home until December 20th against the Islanders. The Golden Knights will be able to make it up with four straight games in Las Vegas until going back on the road to play the Kings on December 29th. The Golden Knights have been starting to wake up and playing solid hockey. </p>
<p>They needed some time to get going, almost like they were hungover from partying too much in the offseason. The Knights have won 9 of their last 11 games, so I’d say that they are back. Thanks to the recent hot stretch, the Golden Knights have advanced to 18-14-0. Absolutely nothing that resembles their record at this point last season, but if they continue to play like this, it’s going to be a moot point later in the year. </p>
<p>Their opponents this evening, the New Jersey Devils, had a nice start to the season over the first couple of weeks. However, that quickly went up in flames, almost around the same time that Cory Schneider returned from injury. Keith Kinkaid was playing well in net, but his confidence was diminished after Schneider took his starting job back. </p>
<p>They’ve shared the crease then, which neither standing out. Schneider got off to a tremendous start a season ago, as he went 17-5-4 in his first 26 games. However, in his last 18 starts, dating back to last season, Schneider has gone 0-15-3. He has four years to go on his contract at a cost of 6 million per, so the Devils have to hope he finds his stroke soon. Kinkaid is a decent backup, but he shouldn’t be depended on to be a full-time starter. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Devils pick. </p>
<h2 class=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.

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