Golden Knights vs Penguins Preview and Prediction

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The Golden Knights are back on the ice after a pair of postponed contests in the Great White North left them with a week off, their longest layoff of the season even with the league-wide pause last month. Vegas has lost 4 of its last 5 and things aren’t getting any easier as they face a Pittsburgh Penguins team that has been hitting its stride as of late, winning 8 of its last 10. This will be Pittsburgh’s 6th and final stop on their road trip before heading back to The Igloo to face Ottawa on Thursday.

The Penguins have won 3 of their 5 road games on this trip, though they held a lead in all 5 games. Netminder Tristan Jarry has been stellar for the Penguins, boasting a .929 save percentage and only 2.05 GAA. The Vegas offense has been spotty during their slump, and Jarry is arguably the toughest goalie they’ll face during the homestand. Robin Lehner is 1-2 since his return from injury and has a .898 save percentage with one particular goal given up to Jujhar Khaira of the Blackhawks that could have easily been saved, that ended up being the difference in a 2-1 loss to Chicago.

Both teams are in the thick of things as the playoff race winds into the All Star break. These teams are nearly deadlocked as far as points go as the Golden Knights sit atop the Pacific with 48 points and the Penguins are 4th in a top-heavy Metropolitan division. The main question is if Lehner has shaken off the rust with a few games already under his belt and if the 6-day layoff will either help or hurt the Golden Knights but it’s difficult to ignore how much Pittsburgh has left in the tank after being on the road for nearly two weeks, and how much of a toll that’s taken on Sidney Crosby’s team.

Pick: Golden Knights (-110) and OVER 6