Vegas Golden Knights look to extend their home excellence
December 05, 2017 3:00 AM
by Bob Harvey
The Vegas Golden Knights look to extend their home ice excellence when they host the slumping Anaheim Ducks. Game time is 7 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas (16-9-0-1, 10-2) improved on its lofty home record with Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory against Arizona.
Reilly Smith scored at 3:51 of the extra period for the game winner. Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch also scored for the Golden Knights while Malcolm Subban had 31 saves to pick up his fifth victory of the campaign.
Anaheim (11-11-2-3, 5-4-0-3 road) is back on the ice for the first time since Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville. Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler scored for the O.C. skaters who have dropped six of their last seven.
The Ducks are sixth in the Pacific Division with 23 points while the Golden Knights are second with 33 – four behind the first-place Los Angeles Kings.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel for Marc-Andre Fleury. The veteran goalie, who has been out since Oct. 13 with a concussion, has been cleared for individual drills and, barring any setbacks, could take part in his first full practice on Wednesday.
Vegas continues to rank among the top scoring teams in the league (third) with an average of 3.5 goals per game. That’s a big reason for their 16-8-2 record to the OVER, including a 7-4-1 mark at home.
This will be the second meeting of the year between the Pacific Division rivals. The Golden Knights took the opener 4-2 in Anaheim on Nov. 22.
Bottom line: It’s simple. It’s tough to go against Vegas at home and we won’t.
Take the Golden Knights to get the job done against the Ducks.