'Vegas Flu' strikes Golden Knights
March 15, 2018 9:07 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
To all of the parents out there, what happens when a child at school gets sick? Within a week, everyone has it, especially your own kids.
Ever take a cross-country flight and someone is coughing. Days later, so are you.
Well, the so-called "Vegas Flu" seemingly struck the Vegas Golden Knight big-time on Wednesday.
Following a joyful flight from Philadelphia celebrating both a great 4-1-0 record to all-but-complete a Pacific Division championship, plus the 400th career goaltending victory by Marc-Andre Fleury, the Knights took a night off to a New Jersey Devils squad seeking quick revenge from a loss to Vegas in Newark.
Call it scheduling dynamics. Call it "Vegas Flu," Call it a double-revenge situation.
Call it anything you want, but it was obvious that the Golden Knights took the night off to falling to the Devils, 8-3, at T-Mobile Arena. It was Vegas' worst home-ice setback of the season while New Jersey scored a season-high in goals.
Regular readers of Gaming Today's weekly NHL column were told to look out for New Jersey in Tuesday's edition. Still, locals seemed to all take Vegas on the Pick Line (-1.5 goals) parlayed to the Over – casino sports books finally got some of their money back.
New Jersey (36-26-8) moved back into the first wild card spot with the triumph, as every single bounce of the puck went the way of the Devils. Blake Coleman scored two goals, and Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves for the Devils.
Let's just hope the "illness" goes away in time for the Minnesota Wild on Friday, as the Golden Knights (45-20-5) seek to snap a 3-game, home losing streak.