Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vegas Golden Knights
NHL: Saturday, February 9, 2019, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, 10:00 PM ET
The Columbus Blue Jackets will face off against the Vegas Golden Knights in the inter-conference showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be their second meeting of the season, and the Blue Jackets have beaten the Golden Knights 1-0 at home. Columbus is currently the No. 7 seed in the East with 63 points, while the Golden Knights are No. 5 seed in the West with 66 points.
The Blue Jackets seek for their third straight win on the road
The Columbus Blue Jackets (30-20-3) are coming off a 4-2 victory at the Arizona Coyotes this past Thursday to record their second consecutive win after beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 also on the road. It was another firecracker in Arizona for the Blue Jackets, as their last five games had at least six goals on the scoreboard. The Blue Jackets are 5-5 in their previous ten outings, and the over is 4-4-2 during that span, while the Blue Jackets are 4-4 in their previous eight showings away from home.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has started in five of the Blue Jackets’ last six games. Bobrovsky has a 21-16-1 record this season with 2.98 GAA and .902 save percentage. The winger Artemi Panarin has 60 points on his account, scoring 20 goals and 40 assists in 51 apps this term. Another winger Cam Atkinson has scored 29 goals and 23 assists, while the center Pierre-Luc Dubois has bagged 21 goals and 27 assists thus far. The Blue Jackets are 9th in the league in goals per game (3.26) and 18th in goals against (3.08), while their penalty kill percentage is the 4th-best in the league (84.0).
The Golden Knights are looking to end up their two-game skid at home
The Vegas Golden Knights (31-21-4) have just finished their four-game road trip with a couple of victories at the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 and the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime. The Golden Knights have started their journey with losses at the Florida Panthers 3-1 and the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2, while they’ve dropped their last two games on the home ice to the Minnesota Wild 4-2 and the Nashville Predators 2-1. The Golden Knights are 4-6 in their last ten games overall and the under is 5-4-1 during that stretch, while they are 5-3 in their last eight showings at home.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is the first choice for the Golden Knights, and the experienced keeper has a 29-15-4 record this season with 2.48 GAA and .912 save percentage. The winger Alex Tuch is leading the way for the Golden Knights with 16 goals and 24 assists. The center Jonathan Marchessault has scored 19 goals and 19 assists, his colleague William Karlsson has added 17 goals and 18 assists, while the winger Max Pacioretty has bagged 16 goals and 13 assists thus far. The Golden Knights are 15th in the league in goals per game (2.95) and 5th in goals against (2.71), while their penalty kill percentage is 5th-best in the NHL (83.9).
Vegas Golden Knights:
- 14-6 in the last 20 games at home
- 7-1 in the last eight home meetings with the Eastern Conference
- Under is 5-1-2 in the last eight home games
Columbus Blue Jackets:
- 12-8 in the last 20 games on the road
- 3-4 in the last seven road meetings with the Western Conference
- Under is 3-2-1 in the last six games on the roa