Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene plays against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The Vegas Golden Knights search for their first win in three games when they visit the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, November 24th as NHL betting underdogs
The Golden knights hope to have Max Pacioretty back in the lineup against a Predators squad that has posted four straight wins on home ice
Read below for the Golden Knights vs Predators odds, prediction, and best NHL pick ahead of Wednesday night’s Western Conference matchup at Bridgestone Arena
The Vegas Golden Knights will be aiming to end a two-game road losing streak when they visit the Nashville Predators as +110 road underdogs in the Wednesday NHL odds. The Golden Knights are coming off a lopsided 5-2 defeat in St. Louis on Sunday, snapping a two-game win streak.
Nashville is pegged as -135 home favorites in the Golden Knights vs Predators odds. Nashville aims to build on Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks, which marked the club’s fourth straight victory on home ice. Puck drop on Wednesday night’s contest is set for 8:00 PM EST at Bridgestone Arena.
Golden Knights vs Predators Odds
Game Time (ET)
Wednesday November 24th
Vegas Golden Knights
O 5.5 (-115)
U 5.5 (-105)
Odds as of November 23rd at DraftKings
Golden Knights vs Predators NHL Betting Trends
Wednesday night’s matchup marks the first meeting between these two Western Conference clubs since January 2020. The Golden Knights skated away with a 3-0 victory as +105 road underdogs in that clash, marking their second straight victory in Nashville and their third victory in four overall meetings.
Home teams have not fared well in recent Golden Knights vs Predators meetings between these teams, losing outright in four of the past five, all while pegged as the NHL betting favorites. And while high scoring has been commonplace when Vegas emerges victorious in head-to-head meetings, the Predators have otherwise held the edge, claiming the win in three of the past four when the under has paid out in totals betting.
Golden Knights Betting Outlook in Wednesday NHL Odds
The Golden Knights have managed to produce fairly consistent results of late despite enduring a rash of injuries to key personnel. Among the regulars who have missed time due to injury are Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson, and Mark Stone, who combined to score over 31% of the team’s total goals last season. Pacioretty has been limited to just two appearances this season due to a lower-body injury, but is traveling with the team and is listed as questionable for the Wednesday Golden Knights vs Predators matchup.
Max Pacioretty has made the trip, but will not play tonight against the Blues. DeBoer hopes he’ll be available Wednesday in Nashville.
— Danny Webster (@DannyWebster21) November 22, 2021
Also hobbled by a lower-body injury Stone returned to the lineup 10 days ago, but has yet to find the back of the net in seven appearances, while Karlsson remains out indefinitely with a foot injury. However, with the club’s considerable depth picking up the slack offensively, Vegas has managed to average 3.50 goals per game over a steady 10-4-0 run, during which they have avoided consecutive defeats. The total line is set at 5.5 in the Golden Knights vs Predators odds on Wednesday, which is a little surprising with their sudden offensive outburst.
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Chandler Stephenson has been surprisingly productive early on, tallying a team-high 17 points through 19 outings. Reilly Smith has scored in each of his past three outings and trails only Jonathan Marchessault with eight goals to date. However, the Golden Knights will likely need a sharper performance out of goaltender Robin Lehner, who was tagged for all five goals in Monday’s loss to the Blues and has surrendered at least four goals in five of his past nine outings, including three of his past four.
Golden Knights vs Predators Recent Results
Home Team Odds
February 1, 2020
Golden Knights 3 vs Predators 0
November 27, 2019
Golden Knights 4 vs Predators 3
October 25, 2019
Predators 5 vs Golden Knights 2
February 16, 2019
Predators 1 vs Golden Knights 5
January 23, 2019
Predators 2 vs Golden Knights 1
Predators’ Value Lies in NHL Unders
While the Golden Knights’ attack has not been slowed by injuries, the Predators have steadily established themselves as a defensive unit during a 10-7-1 start to the season. The club struggled on a recent abbreviated road trip north of the border, getting outscored by a 9-3 overall margin in losses to Toronto and Montreal. However, they have remained stingy otherwise, allowing more than two goals just twice in their previous 10 contests, and maintaining that trend with Monday’s win over the Ducks. The Predators are hitting the under at a 61% rate this season.
Matthews gives Saros a tap after the big save pic.twitter.com/Ti2KuMlxAC
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 17, 2021
Juuse Saros deserves considerable credit for the club’s success. The Predators netminder has allowed more than two goals just three times over his first 15 starts and has been particularly dominant on home ice this season, stopping 216 of 230 shots over eight starts and compiling an impressive 1.75 GAA. Saros’ performance has contributed to the Predators’ steady climb in the NHL Divisional odds, where they now sit as short as +2500 after opening the season at a distant +5800.
Golden Knights vs Predators Prediction & Pick
A lack of consistent offensive support has emerged as a huge challenge for the Predators’ budding star goaltender. In addition to potting just six total goals over Saros’ past three starts, Predators shooters have averaged just 2.63 goals per game, with the 26-year-old between the pipes on home ice. One exception has been Matt Duchene, who has averaged a goal per game in 10 November outings, capped by a hat trick in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Canadiens.
The best Golden Knights vs Predators picks would be to roll with the Golden Knights at plus money in the Wednesday NHL odds and the under.
The Picks: Golden Knights (+110); UNDER 5.5 (-105)