Habs, Jets next two up for VGK
November 07, 2017 3:01 AM
by Alan Berg
Thus far the road has been full of potholes and construction as the Vegas Golden Knights have won only one of a possible four road games on this East Coast trip.
Vegas entered Monday’s game with Toronto as a decided underdog with the Maple Leafs going off at -240. With that big price it’s likely the Knights will have lost five of six heading into the final stop Tuesday in Montreal.
The good news is the Canadiens have been a big disappointment to start the year with a 6-8-1 record. However, Montreal has bounced back with two straight wins. After tonight the Golden Knights come back to the Castle at T-Mobile Arena this Friday for a one-game home stand against the Winnipeg Jets (7-3-3).
Vegas at Montreal
GOLDEN KNIGHTS +140
As mentioned, it’s been a rough time defensively but Montreal shockingly went on the road to Chicago and toppled the Blackhawks 2-0. A nice win for a defense that is 29th in Goals Against, 3.9 per game.
Vegas has still been putting the biscuit in the net, with a 3.6 goals per game average, third best in the NHL, but the goaltending has still been an issue. The Golden Knights No. 4 goalie, 24-year-old Maxime Lagace gave up three, four, two and four goals in four straight starts. Luckily the offense was on point in the last start at Ottawa, scoring five and giving Lagace his first win as an NHL goalie.
With all these things on the table it’s tough not to recommend the total. OVER
Winnipeg at Vegas
GOLDEN KNIGHTS -110
This will be a great test yet again for the Knights who will have had to time to recoup from the long road trip. The Jets have the fourth most points in the Western Conference, 17, trailing only the Blues (23), Kings (22) and guess who – the Knights (18).
Happy to be home with time to rest I expect the Knights to battle in this one and play much better defensively. UNDER
Last Week: 0-3 (1 pending)
Notes: One thing you might have noticed at your local sportsbook is the plummetting price on the Knights to win the Stanley Cup. Most odds were somewhere between 100-1 and 500-1; now a number are under 100-1, one as low as 15-1. While Vegas has done well this is more a reaction to the amount of exposure the books face IF the Stanley Cup title came to Sin City.
So in other words, it ain’t happening yet.