Games remaining: 30. Lead in the Pacific Division: 10. Lead in the Western Conference: 3.
The Golden Knights enter the week in the midst of a six-game road trip. With four games on the books Vegas has gone 3-1 (wins over Calgary, Winnipeg and Washington; lone loss to Minnesota). They will finish up on the road at Pittsburgh and at San Jose. After those two games the Knights will play seven straight inside the fortress known as T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins
Back in December, Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury got a little revenge against his old club, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in a 2-1 win in a great back and forth game in Vegas. Now the Knights head to Steel Town for the rematch.
Pittsburgh is 9-3 in its last 12 games, with 53 goals scored, an average of 4.4 goals per game. In other words, the Penguins are lighting the lamp frequently. Meanwhile the Knights are 5-2 in the last seven games and have also been putting the puck in the net at will, 3.6 goals per game over that stretch.
My gut tells me the Penguins will find a way to get the road loss back but I think I lean toward the total more. OVER
Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
This is only the second matchup of four for the Knights-Sharks this season, the first was back in November when no one was taking Vegas as a serious contender. San Jose knows now the Knights are unlikely to fade and will need this game among others to climb back into the race for the Pacific Division crown.
The Sharks had dropped four straight, but bounced back with a pair of 3-1 wins over Columbus and Carolina on the road. Both teams will be flying back to San Jose after games on Tuesday, but Vegas flies across the country from Pittsburgh, while the Sharks make the short trip from Colorado. That edge for the Sharks, plus the final game in the road trip for the Knights marks a great spot for San Jose. SHARKS
Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights
What are Flyers feeling a week after watching the Eagles bring home the Super Bowl trophy to the City of Brotherly Love? Could they be inspired?
While they haven’t been the greatest team defensively this season, Philly at press time holds the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference at 24-19-9, a losing record that shows how weak the East is this season.
That said, they are the only team that hasn’t had a chance to play against this Knights team this year. I don’t feel like they will enjoy their first go round with such a strong offensive squad. KNIGHTS