Knights add Tatar from Red Wings and have clinched the playoffs, well sort of
February 27, 2018 3:00 AM
by Alan Berg
Well, Las Vegas popped the first of, hopefully, a couple of champagne bottles. According to SportsClubStats.com, the Vegas Golden Knights have a 100% chance of making the NHL Playoffs.
Now it’s not technically over, but from the looks of things four more wins will clinch a playoff spot. The Knights have 18 games remaining following Monday’s visit to Staples Center for the matchup with the LA Kings.
Golden Knights GM George McPhee pulled off a couple deals at the trade deadline by aquiring forward Tomas Tatar from Detroit for a 2018 1st Round Pick, 2019 2nd Round Pick, 2021 3rd Round Pick. Tatar has 16 goals so far this season.
Vegas also brought in D Philip Holm from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Brendan Leipsic. Holm will join the Golden Knights AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
In 42 games with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate this year (Utica Comets), Holm tallied 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points. His 11 goals and 29 points led all Utica defensemen.
Leipsic played in 44 games for the Golden Knights and tallied two goals and 11 assists. He was selected by Vegas during the 2017 Expansion Draft from Toronto.
Los Angeles at Vegas
The second game of a back-to-back between these two teams could get the Kings back into the mix in the Pacific or put them in a bigger hole heading into the last full month of hockey.
LA is 5-5 in its last 10 (not counting Monday’s result) and will probably need a home win to give them enough confidence to come into T-Mobile to take out the team with NHL’s best home record (24-5-2).
I would look at this game two ways: either you have to lay the large chalk price on the Knights or look at betting the total. Take the opposite of what happened in Monday’s game. If it went UNDER, take OVER, if it went OVER take the UNDER.
Ottawa at Vegas
The Senators make their first ever trip to Las Vegas and they actually retained star D Erik Karlsson, who actually almost moved to the Knights according to rumors at the trade deadline.
Ottawa has the third worst record in the league, while the Knights have the second best. So clearly this is a complete mismatch. Because of that you can’t lay -270 to -330 on the Knights to go after the scoring frenzy. OVER
Vegas at New Jersey
The Devils have been a nice surprise, climbing into the postseason in the East as the top wild card only five points behind the Capitals for the Metropolitan division lead. With the one day turnaround flying across the country, this looks like a great spot for a letdown and a chance to grab a small plus moneyline underdog. DEVILS
Trade deadline notes: As the Golden Knights have been the story of the NHL this season, going from expansion to one of the favorites to win the Cup, the other teams aren’t ready to lay down their swords.
Eastern Conference front runner Tampa Bay acquired D Ryan McDonagh and F JT Miller from the New York Rangers for F Vladislav Namestnikov, two prospects and a 2018 1st Round Pick and a 2nd Round Pick that becomes a 1st for NY if the Lightning win the Cup.
Division rival San Jose also grabbed F Evander Kane from Buffalo for two draft picks and a prospect.