Knights look to rebound with long home stand
February 13, 2018 3:03 AM
by Alan Berg
Home from a long road trip the Vegas Golden Knights now get the opportunity to host seven straight games; well, six now as they were stunned Sunday by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1.
There are four games this week starting Tuesday with the Chicago Blackhawks. On Thursday the Knights host Edmonton. On Saturday, Vegas battles Montreal and finally, Monday faces division rival Anaheim.
Vegas has a one-point lead (76) over Nashville for the most points in the Western Conference and sits tied with the Boston Bruins for the second overall record in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning own the top spot with 79.
Tuesday: Chicago at Vegas
The Blackhawks are so used to being a powerhouse it’s crazy that they are at the bottom of the division. Now, not all divisions are created equal in the NHL, as Chicago would be sitting in fourth out of eight teams in the Atlantic.
The thing is, the rest of the Central caught up to the Blackhawks. The Predators, Jets, Blues, Stars, Wild and Avalanche have all been solid.
Chicago hasn’t received the normal production from top stars Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Toss in Brandon Saad’s disappointing 24 points and recent demotion to the fourth line.
Can the Knights avoid three straight losses at T-Mobile Arena, for the first time ever?
After the Flyers’ game I think a bounce back is in the cards for Vegas but let’s go with the total. UNDER
Thursday: Edmonton at Vegas
The cursed Orange returns to T-Mobile! As the Golden Knights Twitter account tweeted, the Knights are 0-4-1 vs. teams wearing orange this season. A weird stat for a crazy season. Somehow this makes sense.
Edmonton was looking to end a three-game losing streak Monday night as they hosted the Florida Panthers. Last game out, the Oilers had a complete meltdown at San Jose, blowing a 4-3 lead going into the third period in losing 6-4. Ouch. Regardless, at some point Vegas has to beat these guys, right? The Knights have a +35 goal differential, while Edmonton is -25. I say they get it done this time in style. KNIGHTS -1.5
Saturday: Montreal at Vegas
The Golden Knights last saw Montreal back in November and lost 3-2. Since then Montreal hasn’t had a fun year, currently sitting 22-26-7 thanks in large part to a horrendous 8-16-1 road record.
The Canadiens have really struggled defensively, which is right up the Knights’ alley being the
No. 2 scoring offense in the NHL. Too many things add up here for Vegas to come out on top. KNIGHTS -1.5
Monday: Anaheim at Vegas
Depending on how the previous games went this could be a really big one for Vegas or just another division opponent helping them extend that lead in the Pacific.
Anaheim comes to the Fortress for the finale of a four-game road swing. They haven’t really played great against Vegas, especially in the record book at 0-3. In each game Vegas has scored four goals, although one of them was technically the shootout goal.
After getting outshot, 49-19 and 43-29, the Ducks faired much better with each team getting 28 shots the last time out in a 4-1 loss. This time the four is on the other end of the scoreboard. DUCKS