Golden Knights could break yet another record this week
March 09, 2018 9:16 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
Sometimes, it's a ton more interesting to visit the losing team's locker room following a disappointing outing.
After Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury posted his third shutout of the season in Thursday's 4-0 blanking of Detroit, let's hear from Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg regarding an ugly performance by the hosts at Little Caesars Arena.
Warning: Zetterberg was anything but pleased.
“There’s too much poke-and-hope on a lot of players,” he said. “If you want to be a solid, good player in this league, and if you want to win something, you have to learn to play the right way. Poke-and-hope might get you 25-30 goals, but you will never win anything.”
Detroit (26-30-11) falls 12 points behind Columbus for the final Eastern Conference wild card berth with 15 games left on its schedule. In other words, get ready to unpack the golf clubs.
Meanwhile, Vegas received two goals each from Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin to back Fleury's 28 saves.
For Fleury, he earned his 47th career shutout in victory No. 398. He also lowered his goals-against average to 2.19, moving into a tie for second place in the NHL this season with Darcy Kuemper, who's been a back-up with Los Angeles and Arizona.
Vegas (43-19-5), with its 19th road victory, equaled the 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim mark for most victories by a first-year club. The Knights could break it this week when the road trip ends with games in Buffalo (Saturday) or Philadelphia (Monday).
The Knights also remain 10 points up in the Pacific Division standings over San Jose, which jumped over Anaheim with a win last night over St. Louis. The Ducks fell in Nashville; the Predators lead the conference by six points over Vegas.
West vs. East
The Western Conference captured 5-of-7 meetings with the East on Thursday, moving their advantage to 27-13 (.675) ATS over the past 18 days.
Included was an East victory by Carolina as an underdog over host Chicago, which was our GamingToday VIP Pick of the Day.