VGK back home looking to catch Predators
March 13, 2018 3:05 AM
by Alan Berg
Remember last time we talked and told everyone Vegas would be fine? Well, here we are during the five-game road trip and the Knights are 3-1 with Vegas battling the Flyers at press time.
Meanwhile, as Vegas gets back on track the Nashville Predators, aka defending Western Conference Champions, have been on fire with 10 straight wins and the only setback a shootout loss last Saturday at New Jersey. Meaning that is 11 straight games with points for Nashville, who now sits No. 1 in the West with 98 points to Vegas’ 93.
Vegas now has 13 games left in the regular season to try and catch up to the Preds, but the Knights still have a commanding lead in the Pacific Division, 12 points clear of San Jose.
New Jersey at Vegas
Ten days earlier the Knights ended a three-game losing streak at New Jersey and the Devils will head into The Fortress looking for a W. New Jersey is currently clawing for a playoff berth with a one-point lead over Blue Jackets for the No. 1 Wild Card spot. Unfortunately for both clubs Florida is lurking with three less games played and only two points behind Columbus and three back of NJ.
When it comes to the game, the Devils might want it more, but Vegas will be happy to be back at T-Mobile Arena after the long road trip. I think this turns out to be a solid game defensively for both squads and lean toward the total. UNDER
Minnesota at Vegas
The Wild have won 8 of 11 games and will be coming off a Tuesday night game at Colorado. Minnesota sits in the No. 3 spot in the Central Division and would likely face off with the Jets in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Predators continue their tear.
Minnesota is 2-0 against Vegas this season, but both games were on the road. Both teams should be in comfortable playoff positions when the puck drops for this game, but I think the Knights finally solve the Wild puzzle. KNIGHTS
Calgary at Vegas
Vegas will see Calgary here and again to close the season on the road at the Saddledome. The Flames had a really wild new year starting on Dec. 31. Calgary went 7-0-0 but then followed up with 0-2-4. Amazingly the winning streak ended with four straight overtime or shootout losses. Currently the Flames sit two points back (78) of Colorado (80) for the final wild card spot but Calgary has played two more games than the Avalanche. The Kings also lead them by one point and have the same advantage as Colorado.
The Knights are 2-0 against Calgary this season and have outscored the Flames 11-5. There might be a bit of a spark left in the Canadian franchise so maybe we look at the total. OVER