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Will the Penguins avoid the ‘Vegas Flu’ tonight vs the Golden Knights?

The Pittsburgh Penguins venture into Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights tonight and will look to break a two-game losing streak in the process. This will be the first time the Penguins have faced the Knights at T-Mobile Arena and they’ll see former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury between the pipes for Vegas in this showdown. The Golden Knights opened as -110 favorites vs Pittsburgh.

  • The Golden Knights are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as favorites.
  • Sidney Crosby has 13 goals and 32 points this season.
  • The Penguins are 16-6 SU in their last 22 games in December.

The Golden Knights are coming off a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and are looking to get back to their winning ways at home. Vegas owns a great home-ice record this season at 11-3 SU and is three points back of the division lead behind the Kings. Fleury, who was claimed in the expansion draft by the Knights, is back in the lineup after suffering a concussion in mid-October and is 3-2 in his five starts for Vegas.

The Penguins have been in a bit of a funk, dropping three of their last four games. The silver lining for Penguins backers is those three losses were all by one goal. An additional boost will come to the Pens tonight as goaltender Matt Murray was activated from the IR and is expected to start. His presence should help a Pittsburgh defense that is allowing 3.2 goals per game, which ranks 23rd in the NHL.  

The total opened at 6 and the OVER may be a decent wager for bettors. Vegas is the third-highest scoring team in the league (3.43 goals per game) and the OVER has hit in six of the Knights’ last seven games with one day off between games. When you factor in that the OVER has hit in five straight games when the Penguins play a team with a winning record, it’s hard to envision a low-scoring game in this matchup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Vegas sat as a -110 favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 6 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Penguins to win this game 3.5-2.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vegas Golden Knights Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Vegas Golden Knights are 19-9-2 so far on the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins, meanwhile, are 16-13-3. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Vegas go 19-9-2 and the Penguins go 18-13-1 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Vegas vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Penguins-Golden Knights odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Vegas is rated No. 16 in the current OddsShark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Vegas's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.5 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 23 at 3.25 goals allowed. The Golden Knights power play is averaging 19.23% while the Penguins defense kills off 80.33% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Avalanche. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at +191 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Vegas lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Hurricanes on December 12. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +151 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Arizona, Saturday, December 16
Vegas home to Florida, Sunday, December 17