The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout March 24. Ten games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of the games will be between the Nashville Predators and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Nashville has earned a record of 37-23-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Central division. The Predators are coming off a loss in their last game, but have won seven of their last ten. Nashville is one point out of the second spot in the division, but have played two extra games. The Predators will look for a big win on the road in this one.
The Golden Knights have put up a record of 34-28-4 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Pacific division. Vegas is one point out of a wild card spot, but have played four extra games. The Golden Knights have lost back to back games and seven of their last nine. Vegas will look to come out much stronger at home on Thursday night.
These two teams are right in the mix of the playoff race and will look for a big win in this one. The Predators have been solid as of late, but are coming off a tough 6-1 loss. Vegas has been stumbling down the stretch and see their playoff hopes at risk. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Nashville Predators||-1 ½ (+205)||-117||Over 6 (-111)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+1 ½ (-245)||+106||Under 6 (+101)|
|Team Data||Nashville Predators||Vegas Golden Knights|
|Away/ Home Record||18-12-4||18-13-3|
|Goals Per Game||3.27||3.05|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.41||3.24|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.902||.900|
- 7-4 in March
- 11-9 after allowing four goals or more
- 9-7 after a loss by two goals or more
- 4-4 after scoring one goal or less
- 17-16 against team with a winning record
Vegas Golden Knights
- 5-8 in March
- 14-11 after allowing four goals or more
- 9-10 after a loss by two goals or more
- 3-9 after scoring one goal or less
- 15-18 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Nashville hosted the first game on November 24. Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone both had a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights won 5-2. The second game shifted to Vegas on January 4. Filip Forsberg scored twice as the Predators bounced back with a 3-2 win.
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— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 24, 2022
The Predators have been strong on special teams throughout this season. Nashville has scored on 49 of their 200 power play chances, which is a 24.5 percent success rate. The Predators have killed off 177 of their opponents 220 power play attempts, which is an 80.5 percent penalty kill. Nashville is 6th on the power play and 12th on the kill this season.
Vegas has struggled a bit on both sides of special teams on the season. The Golden Knights have capitalized on 31 of their 171 power play opportunities, which is an 18.1 percent power play. Vegas has given up 38 power play goals on 178 penalties against, which is a 78.7 percent kill rate. The Golden Knights are 26th on the man advantage and 17th on the penalty kill.
Nashville has been the better team on special teams throughout the season. The Predators have been up and down on special teams as of late, but will look to bounce back in this one. The Golden Knights will look to step up on special teams early. If either team can get a power play goal or two in this one, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Juuse Saros to get the start in the crease for Nashville in this one. Saros has started in 53 games this season, going 31-19-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .922 save percentage and a GAA of 2.48 in those starts. Saros finished with 25 saves on 28 shots in his last start against the Anaheim Ducks, which was enough for the win.
Laurent Brossoit will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Golden Knights on Thursday night. Brossoit has earned a record of 10-9-3 throughout his 24 games played. He has put up a save percentage of .895 and a 2.90 GAA in his outings. Brossoit’s last start was against the Winnipeg Jets. He stopped 9 of 13 shots before getting pulled.
These two goalies have had opposite stats throughout this season. Saros has been much better in the starting role for the Predators. Brossoit has struggled since stepping in for an injured Robin Lehner. Both Brossoit has lost three starts in a row and will look to avoid another tough outing. If either goalie can step up early, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams are right in the thick of the playoff hunt and will look for a huge two points as they meet up on Thursday night. Vegas has struggled a lot as of late, but I think they are due for a bounce back performance. The Golden Knights will look to turn it around at home in this one. If Vegas can grab an early lead, I think they can knock off a hot Nashville team.
BetOnline has Nashville listed as a -117 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Predators will win this game around 53.9 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with Vegas at home, but struggling. Nashville has been the better team recently, but I think the Golden Knights are better than they have been playing recently. As slight underdogs, I like the value on Vegas.