The puck drops Wednesday on Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights at 9 p.m. ET. Vegas is -135 on the money line at home, meaning you would need to risk $135 to win $100, while Winnipeg is +120 (risk $100 to win $120). The over-under, or total number of goals Las Vegas thinks will be scored in this 2018 NHL playoffs game, is 5.5.
Before you make your pick, you need to see what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say. The co-founder of AccuScore, Oh has been money on his NHL picks this postseason, nailing 22 of 29 selections for an astounding 76 percent success rate.
Oh knows the ins and outs of both teams and has studied all the matchups and trends that will determine the outcome.
Now, using his specialized sports simulations, projections and advanced statistical analysis, Oh has examined Game 3 from every angle. We can tell you he is leaning strongly toward the over and also has a strong money-line pick. You won’t discover his reasons buried in any box score, either. He’s sharing it over at SportsLine.
Oh is aware the Golden Knights are a spectacular 4-1 at home this postseason after going 29-12 at T-Mobile Arena during the regular season. In the teams’ one regular-season meeting in Las Vegas on Nov. 10, the Knights rolled to a 5-2 victory.
Both teams have played effectively this postseason, with Winnipeg at 9-5 and Vegas winning nine of its 12 games.
“Marc-Andre Fleury’s top-notch goaltending bailed Vegas from a potential big deficit,” Oh told SportsLine. “Now, he’ll need a repeat performance to clinch another victory.”
This series could be won on special teams, as Winnipeg has been smoking hot on the power play, converting 11 of 39 man-advantage opportunities. While Vegas has struggled being a man up (18 percent), its penalty kill has been solid, allowing just nine goals on 47 chances this entire postseason.
So which team does Oh think takes Game 3 of the Western Conference finals? Visit SportsLine now to get Stephen Oh’s exclusive selection, all from the data scientist who’s 22-7 this postseason.