January 29, 2023

Head-to-head: Vegas Golden Knights vs. New Jersey Devils

Vegas Golden Knights

head to head

New Jersey Devil

Bruce Cassidy

head coach

Lindy reputation

29-17-2 (1st in Pacific Division)

Stand

30-12-4 (2nd in Metropolitan Division)

Leader

Chandler Stephenson (42)

Points

Jack Hughes (58)

Reilly Smith (18)

Goals

Jack Hughes (30)

Chandler Stephenson (31)

assists

Dougie Hamilton (29)

Shea Theodore (14)

+/-

Ryan Graves (29)

Jonathan Marchessault (3.33)

Shots (per game)

Jack Hughes (4.5)

Vegas Golden Knights vs New Jersey Devils predictions and tips

The Vegas Golden Knights travel across the country to take on the New Jersey Devils for the first time this season. The Golden Knights have lost four of their last five games but still lead the Pacific Division by 60 points. However, they could drop to second place with a loss and a Seattle Kraken loss or win. On the other hand, the Devils sit second in the Metropolitan Division with 64 points. They have a clear lead over third-placed New York Rangers and within striking distance of first-placed Carolina Hurricanes.

The Golden Knights started the season hot but have slowed down and played rather mediocre hockey in recent months. Offensively they are in midfield, defensively they are a little better than average. That being said, Vegas has seven players with 31 or more points and solid goaltenders and can make the playoffs if they fire all guns again.

The Golden Knights have four over 15 scorers in Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault, Mark Stone and Reilly Smith. These four are also fairly efficient scorers, converting over 10% of their shots. If they all hit the right shots, Vegas will be in good shape.

Logan Thompson and Adin Hill are the two goalies for the Golden Knights. Together they form a mediocre pair of goalkeepers and concede over 2.7 goals per game. One of them has to advance if the Golden Knights are going to make a run.

The Devils have surprised many with their impressive play this season. After missing the playoffs last year, they’re almost a suspension to make it this season. New Jersey has a solid group of defenders and concedes under 2.7 goals per game. Offensively they are even more dominant and score almost 3.5 goals per game. I would also be remiss if I didn’t talk about the Devils goaltenders. Much of the Devils’ success this season can be attributed to the strong play of goaltender Vitek Vanecek.

The Devils are led by Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, Nico Hischier and Dougie Hamilton. These four have different skills but are all excellent players. They each have at least 40 points and 24 assists.

Vitek Vanecek and Mackenzie Blackwood form the Devils’ goalie duo. Vanecek is arguably a top ten netminder, but Blackwood has had its problems this year. The 26-year-old has to improve, otherwise he might be unemployed.

The Devils are more versatile and have been playing better hockey for the past few weeks, so I’m going to give them an advantage. Bet on New Jersey.

Why could the Vegas Golden Knights win?

The Golden Knights are struggling, and the underdogs will win if they draw penalties and get second-chance shots.

The Golden Knights have scored just eight goals in their last five games and need to ramp up their offense. They can do this by drawing penalties and scoring a power play goal. Vegas usually has a strong powerplay unit and converts almost ¼ of its chances. This unit needs to live up to expectations today and take their chances.

I’m not sure who will be in the net for the Devils. Regardless, the Golden Knights must score at least three times and can only do so by crashing the net and looking for second chance shots.

Why might the New Jersey Devils win?

The Devils are the favorites but only win if they defend aggressively and fit Jack Hughes.

The Devils face a squad of Golden Knights struggling to score. Still, New Jersey needs to send a message early and play aggressive defense from the goals. If they do, the Golden Knights will become discouraged and less likely to challenge the Devils’ defenders.

Jack Hughes has been a force this season. The 21-year-old has 30 goals and 28 assists and is coming off a one-goal, one-assist game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hughes’ teammates need to keep him involved in this game as much as possible. If they do that, their offensive will be unstoppable.

Key Golden Knights players: (C) Chandler Stephenson

Chandler Stephenson has had another strong season for the Golden Knights. He has 11 goals and 31 assists in 42 games. However, his level of play has dropped significantly in the last five games. Stephenson has only two assists during this period.

Stephenson is a big part of the Golden Knights offense and needs to get back to his form tonight. He must finish the game with at least one point.

Key Devils players: (LW) Jesper Bratt

Jesper Bratt has the second most points with the Devils (46) and is an important part of their team. However, he has not scored in three games. Bratt needs to return to his goalscoring tradition and assume his role on offense.

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