New Jersey Devils at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (41-30-5) vs New Jersey Devils (26-42-7)

Game Info: Monday, April 18, 2022 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -175 / New Jersey Devils +375 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights host the New Jersey Devils in Monday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-42-7. Through 75 games, the Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 231 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 29th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.64 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 5th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Vegas Golden Knights get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 41-30-5. This mark places them 4th in the Pacific division. Through 76 games, the Golden Knights have scored 244 goals, giving them an average of 3.16. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Vegas is the 15th ranked unit, giving up 2.96 goals per contest. So far, the Golden Knights have played the 17th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vegas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 15th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the New Jersey Devils leader in points is Jesper Bratt. In his team's 75 games, he has come up with 25 goals and 45 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +3.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Jack Hughes. Of his 26 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. New Jersey's top goalie is Nico Daws, who is giving up an average of 3.11 goals per game.

Through 70 games, the Vegas Golden Knights' goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault, with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, with a shooting percentage of 12.3%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 40 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.82 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

In New Jersey's 75 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-29-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 25-12-1. On the season, 63.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. In Vegas's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-31-3. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-13-2. On the season, 59.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. With a line set at 6 goals, look for this game to feature a lot of scoring, as both Vegas and New Jersey are above average teams at generating scoring chances and finding the net. I recommend taking the over.

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