2019-20 NHL – Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights taking place? Wednesday 8th January, 2020 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights taking place? T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

What channel is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Penguins 0 – 3 Vegas Golden Knights

THE TEAM NEWS

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins are coming off a 4-1 home loss against the Florida Panthers this past Sunday, and that loss extended their inconsistent run since they have dropped two of their last three games while going 3-2 in their last five contests. They remain one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, however, as they are in third place with 55 points after 42 games.
  • Pittsburgh will be without Nick Bjugstad, Brian Dumoulin and Jake Guentzel, but they could have a major boost with the potential return of star center Sidney Crosby, who will be a game-time decision. Sam Lafferty and Justin Schultz will be game-time decisions as well.
  • Evgeni Malkin has netted points in seven of his last eight contests, although he has just one multi-point game over span. He has 12 points over that span (three goals, nine assists) and he has been quite productive of late.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • The Golden Knights are one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the past few days, and their recent 5-4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues pushed their winning streak to four games. As a result, they have climbed to third place in the Western Conference standings with 54 points out of 45 games.
  • Vegas won’t have any confirmed absentees ahead of this match, but three players are listed as questionable. These are forwards Cody Eakin, Cody Glass and Jonathan Marchessault. All three will be game-time decisions for the coaching staff.
  • Max Pacioretty has grabbed points in eight of his last 10 outings, and he has had 13 points over that span (five goals, eight assists). He has picked up 43 points in 45 games during the current campaign.

THE PREDICTION

There’s no question the Golden Knights should be listed as favourites ahead of this game – they carry the best form out of the two teams and also have the stronger attack, but they have been performing poorly defensively. Pittsburgh’s best chance to claim points would lie on the fact they own the third-best defence in the Eastern Conference, but they have allowed 3.0 goals on average during their last five contests. Expect Vegas to secure another win here, as they will take advantage of Pittsburgh’s defensive woes.

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