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The Vegas Golden Knights (31-11-4) return home from a successful four-game road trip to host the Columbus Blue Jackets (26-18-3) on Tuesday as solid home favorites.
The Golden Knights went 2-1-1 on their road trip, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes while falling to the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers, the latter of which took place in overtime.
Betting line: The Golden Knights opened as -160 favorites (wager $160 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.5-2.3, Golden Knights (NHL picks on every game)
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Why the Blue Jackets can pay on the NHL lines
The Blue Jackets are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday behind backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, who made 35 saves in relief of regular starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
Leading scorer Artemi Panarin tallied the game-winner in the second round of the shootout to help Columbus end a two-game losing streak.
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The Blue Jackets have now earned their last three wins after regulation time, with two of them coming in a shootout. While they have yet to play Vegas, they would be smart to avoid falling into the trap of enjoying Sin City too much before the game.
Why the Golden Knights can pay on the NHL lines
The Golden Knights led the NHL in points heading into Monday’s action, and they still own the league’s best home record at 18-2-2.
While they suffered an overtime loss in their last game at T-Mobile Arena, they won their previous two games there by a combined score of 5-1 to open 2018, including a 3-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators thanks to goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Some believe Fleury should not be an All-Star because he has missed more than half the season. However, the three-time Stanley Cup champion has a 1.68 goals-against average with a .946 save percentage.
Smart betting pick
Columbus has a respectable 10-10-3 mark on the road this season, but that is no match for what Vegas has done at home. The Golden Knights have continued to defend their fortress better than any team, and they are poised to finish strong before the All-Star break.
Vegas had won seven in a row at T-Mobile Arena prior to losing to the Edmonton Oilers, and the expansion team will take care of business again here to continue its surge to the top of the standings.
NHL betting trends
The total has gone under in seven of Columbus’ last eight games.
Columbus is 2-7 SU in its last nine games on the road.
Vegas is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games.
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