It’s all good with Vegas Golden Knights
December 26, 2017 5:04 PM
by Alan Berg
To the other 30 teams in the NHL, let me paraphrase one of my childhood idols. Whether you like it or you don’t, when it comes to the Vegas Golden Knights you better learn to love it because it’s the best thing going today. Whoooo!
What a ride this team has put the city of Las Vegas on: No. 1 in the Western Conference nearing the end of 2017. I have mentioned before that I am sure owner Bill Foley, GM George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant expected this team to make the playoffs, but they couldn’t have imagined this. With odds around town at 200-1 and as high as 500-1 to win the Stanley Cup in the team’s inaugural season, it’s truly a remarkable story.
The number one question I have been asked: Can they really do it? That question has been asked of me all season, but the “it” usually referred to making the playoffs. Now it’s about winning the Stanley Cup. Honestly, at this point, why not!
It will be very interesting to see what McPhee and Gallant want to do at the trade deadline. Will they tinker with the lineup just a little bit? My Cash Considerations co-host/Pittsburgh Penguins super fan Dave Sharapan pointed out to me, maybe target a defenseman that makes a significant impact on the power play. That area might be the lone element that isn’t running at locomotive speeds for this team. T-Mobile Arena is electric and as the wins continue to pile up the Knights will be a very tough out in the postseason with the Vegas home ice advantage.
To really understand what it’s like in that locker room I really recommend reading David Perron’s article in the Players Tribune. (https://www.theplayerstribune.com/david-perron-vegas-golden-knights/) I won’t spoil it but I think he truly hits the nail on the head of why this team has been this good all season. Regardless of what happens, the Knights look like a real on-ice contender and what an amazing story this would be. Now let’s move on to the schedule this week:
Vegas at Anaheim
Projected line: KNIGHTS +130, DUCKS -150
The Knights’ first trip to the Pond in Anaheim went as planned, knocking off the division rival Ducks 4-2. Anaheim currently sits in the final Wild Card spot at 40 points and has been snake bitten in the extra period losing eight in overtime, tied for worst in the NHL. The bright side of that for Anaheim is it’s worth 8 points, the bad part is I don’t know if they are really any good. KNIGHTS
Vegas at Los Angeles
Projected line: KNIGHTS +160, KINGS -180
Finishing off the road trip to California before heading back home to face Toronto, the Knights will look to stay unbeaten against the Kings for their first trip inside the Staples Center. Both teams were tied up (48 points) at the Christmas break but the Knights were on top of the division due to having played three fewer games than LA.
The Kings fell to the Knights in Vegas and they should be itching for their second shot at the crown. KINGS
Toronto at Vegas
Projected line: KNIGHTS +105, LEAFS -125
This matchup ends the 2017 portion of the season. Vegas salvaged a point in a shootout loss to the Leafs back on Nov. 6. Toronto heads into the Christmas break only 5-5 in its last 10 games and this might be a spot for the Knights to exact some revenge. The price will be right – and maybe keep your glasses full on New Year’s Eve. KNIGHTS