The Pittsburgh Penguins could be the best NHL hockey bet this Nov. 19. Pittsburgh could take out the visiting Vegas Golden Knights. Both teams played Saturday and are on the second night of a back-to-back. However, closely inspecting trends suggests that the Penguins may be in a position to outperform the Knights. Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 when playing at home on a B2B.
Golden Knights Face Road Woes
After a nearly flawless start — Vegas went 11-0-1 in its first 12 games, the team has struggled particularly on the road. The Golden Knights are 1-3 (1-2-1) in their last four road games. And now they head to Pittsburgh after being upset by the Flyers on Saturday.
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Vegas’ biggest concern is its defense. The team had been a bit too cavalier on its two-way play but got bailed out by the goaltending. While the Knights have stayed solid, Vegas has been giving up too many scoring chances. It’s why they have allowed three or more goals in their last four road games.
That’s why the total has gone over in five of their last seven road games. And if you factor Vegas being 3-1-3 on the second night of a B2B as a visitor, we could have more slack defending and goal-scoring. That’s a play to bet online.
Will Penguins Snap Out of Their Funk?
The Penguins may not have the firepower to exploit Vegas’ vulnerabilities. After a five-game winning streak, Pittsburgh has dropped two straight. The team managed a pair of goals on each occasion and was outshot both times. The Pens are also 0-of-6 in their last six power plays.
The Knights average over 3.7 goals per road game. They are also converting on 33.3% of their power-play (PP) opportunities. So they will find ways to score against Pittsburgh, which is averaging under 2.9 goals per home game with a 12% PP conversion rate.
But Pittsburgh has also scored 4+ goals against Vegas in four of its last five times playing host to it. The total has also gone over in their last five meetings. The team needs to get the offense going and facing a potentially weary Knights team could be what makes it a worthwhile NHL pick.
Penguins Have Beaten Knights at Home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 in its last five games against Vegas. The record is similar in their last five games in the PPG Paints Arena.
Golden Knights vs Penguins Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Penguins 4, Golden Knights 3 (SO)
Back the Penguins
The Penguins may be the best pick on the November 19 NHL games. They have played well on the second night of a back-to-back when at home while Vegas has not as a visitor. On top of that, Pittsburgh plays better two-way hockey at this point.
NHL Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins
Bet Scoring on the Total
If Pittsburgh is to beat Vegas, it will need to produce at least three goals. Vegas could be tired but it finds ways to put pucks in nets. If anything suffers here, it’s the defense (or goaltending). So the ‘over’ is worth betting online on.
NHL Pick: Over 6½ (-110)
Golden Knights vs Penguins Game Information
- Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 19, 6:07 p.m. ET
- Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
- Golden Knights vs Penguins Live Stream: NHL.TV
Golden Knights vs Penguins Betting Lines
Questions of the Day
Will the Golden Knights score the first goal of the game, and will it be in the first or second period?
Vegas averages the second-most goals as a visitor during the second period. So the Knights are most likely to score here.
Will the Golden Knights win by more than 2 goals?
The NHL odds do not expect Vegas to win by two or more goals.