A back and forth affair in Raleigh resulted in the Vegas Golden Knights stealing a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. After getting up early 2-0 on the Hurricanes, the Golden Knights pulled their foot off the gas and nearly paid for it. The Hurricanes erased a 3-1 deficit with less than ten minutes remaining in the third period, though Alex Tuch was having none of that.
Tuch got a puck past Petr Mrazek for the game-winner and a 4-3 victory for the Golden Knights on the road. Malcolm Subban did just enough in net for the Golden Knights, as he stopped 22 of 25 shots for a weak 0.88 save percentage. The offence like it’s done often for Subban, bailed him out to get him to .500 on the year at 7-7.
The Golden Knights were able to keep pace in the Pacific Division with the win. The Oilers were winners against the Blues last night, so they remain a point behind the Oilers and Flames for second in the division. That goal by Tuch last night may come back to be a huge goal for the Golden Knights later on. With only 4 points separating the Coyotes, Golden Knights, Oilers, Flames, and Canucks, every point may be important when points are added up at the end of the regular season.
Saturday night will mark the sixth game on a lengthy eight-game road trip for the Golden Knights. It started on January 14 and won’t be over until Thursday night in Sunrise against the Panthers. Their next home game will be on February 8 against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s a really hard stretch for the Golden Knights, but they’re going to have to fight through these next three games.
They have 10 of their next 12 games at home following this stretch, so there is something to look forward to for Vegas. That could be a nice stretch for the Golden Knights to take advantage of and pile on some wins. Their home-ice advantage hasn’t been quite as dominant as we’ve seen in previous years, though. Teams are treating Las Vegas as more of a business trip now that most teams have cycled through the city at least a few times. Before they get home, though, they have to concern themselves with the Predators, Lightning, and Panthers. Not an easy set of games. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Predators pick.
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The Predators need a strong finish if they’re going to be going to the playoffs this season. Nashville enter Saturday night with a record of 24-19-7 and 55 points. They are definitely not catching the Blues in the Central Division, but a wildcard is still in play for the Predators. No it’s not going to be easy, and they put themselves in a tough position compared to past seasons, but they’re knocking on the door behind the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes have not looked particularly good most recently, so they’re leaving the door open. Nashville are currently 3 points behind the Coyotes and 4 behind the Golden Knights.
It would help if Pekka Rinne got his game together for a strong push. Offensively there hasn’t been anything wrong with the Predators, but their once feared defence has been lost somewhere. Losing P.K. Subban on the blueline hurts, though it doesn’t completely explain why the Predators have regressed so hard.
Rinne has played a role in that, as has the effort in the defensive zone. The former Vezina winner heads into Saturday with a lackluster 3.05 GAA and 0.895 save percentage. People have been waiting for him to shake it off and get going, but that hasn’t happened. If he does happen to find a rhythm, the Predators will suddenly be in a much better predicament and likely the playoffs.
The Predators are 27th in the league with 3.3 goals against per game. They have the worst defensive numbers amongst teams who are in the playoff hunt at the moment. That goes to show how much the offence has been carrying the load for the Predators. Nashville are 6th in the league with 3.34 goals scored per game, so they are getting production on the other end. The Predators will be up against a veteran netminder who is having a down season of his own.
Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t quite looked the same since he came back after taking time off following his father’s death. Fleury has allowed at least 3 goals in 11 out of 16 games since he came back. It’s been troublesome recently, as Fleury has allowed at least 3 goals in seven out of his last eight outings. The Golden Knights have allowed 3.6 goals per game in their previous ten outings, as issues continue to mount for them in the defensive zone. The previous three meetings between the Golden Knights and Predators have gone OVER the total. We should see another high-scoring game on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.