Knights set NHL record for most points by first-year club
February 22, 2018 8:55 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
We're all hearing how Nevada books, especially in the southern half of the state, continue to lose money to locals wagering on the Vegas Golden Knights. But they refuse to tell you the complete story; I will.
Consider this slight alteration in your wagering practice to expand your wallet even further.
It's not just straight-up wagers on the Knights (the lines are too high, often surpassing -200) that's beating the books. It's not just total bettors taking the Over. And it isn't even the parlay wager combining the 2.
The big hurt comes from parlays where "our" home team is taken on the puck line (at -1.5 goals, making it closer to Even or plus-money) in combination with an Over (or opponents when it’s more appropriate to go with the Under).
Through 6 in Vegas' current 7-game home stand – including Wednesday's 7-3 thumping of Calgary at T-Mobile Arena – this Puck Line & Over parlay has hit 3 times.
Against the Flames, a $10 wager returned $40 or more (stake plus winnings). Should you lose, don't worry because this special "Go'Knights Parlay" occurs so often. You can double your bet in their next outing and feel confident on a win – I don't recommend betting this blindly, however.
As for the action on the ice, the Golden Knights set the National Hockey League record for most points by a first-year club. With a 40-16-4 record and 84 points, they topped the 1993-94 Florida Panthers (83 points in 84 contests).
They are one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning atop the NHL standings and three ahead of the Nashville Predators for first in the Western Conference.
Ryan Carpenter, Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch and Luca Sbisa each had a goal and an assist. David Perron had two assists for the Golden Knights, who got their 23rd win in their 29th home game, passing the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers (22-12-6) for most home victories by a team in its first NHL season. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 28 saves for his 395th career win.
Vancouver comes to town on Friday to cap the home stand, followed by a home-and-home series with the Kings.