Vegas loves T-Mobile but haven't found its groove on the road
November 14, 2017 3:01 AM
by Alan Berg
A couple things are clear thus far in the inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights. No one wants to play them at T-Mobile Arena but they aren’t great on the road.
That statement comes with a bit of an asterisk as the goaltending has been decimated by injury. Luckily Malcolm Subban was seen on the practice ice Sunday, hopefully leading to his return from a lower-body injury sooner rather than later.
Let’s look at the week ahead for the Vegas Golden Knights:
Vegas at Edmonton:
VGK +135, OILERS -155
The Oilers (6-9-2) have been a huge disappointment early on after superstar Connor McDavid finally took Edmonton back to the playoffs last Spring. McDavid also won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.
Edmonton has struggled because of a lack of scoring and poor defense. In other words, it’s a depth issue. McDavid is still filling the stat sheet with 19 points in 17 games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl (both with 12 points) have helped but cannot play the entire game.
This looks like a winnable game for the Knights as the Oilers have been awful at home, 3-6, so might as well take a shot on Vegas. KNIGHTS
Vegas at Vancouver:
VGK +135, CANUCKS -155
Going with the theme that Vegas won in Edmonton we will stick with the same line. The Canucks have improved after a rough year last season. They have been staying in games with their defense giving up only 2.6 goals per game, good for seventh in the NHL.
Only problem is they have one of the worst goal scoring units, 2.5 goals, 27th in the league. Compare that to the Knights, who are fourth in goal scoring and No. 13 in defense. Let’s also back to Vegas here as ideally they are looking for their third straight win. KNIGHTS
Los Angeles at Vegas:
KINGS -140, VGK +120
The rivalry starts here as the Kings make their first regular season visit to Vegas sitting atop the Pacific Division three points ahead of the Golden Knights. As usual LA does it with defense, second in the NHL with only 2.4 GAA (also No.1 penalty killing unit).
The surprising number so far for the Kings is the No. 7 best goal scoring unit in the league, bringing them back to the Stanley Cup days. LA looks for real and this is a great test for the home team. I am looking toward a low score in a hard-fought physical game. UNDER