One point back of the Pacific Division lead, Knights face off with rivals
November 21, 2017 3:12 AM
by Alan Berg
It’s a three-game week for the Golden Knights as two road matchups bookend a home game. On Sunday, Vegas picked up its biggest win to date knocking off the rival Los Angeles Kings 4-2, putting the Knights one point back with two fewer games played.
Vegas will look to keep it rolling as they have some more Pacific Division rivals to battle this week. VGK heads to Anaheim tonight, back home Friday for a date with the San Jose Sharks and off to Arizona Saturday to take on the Coyotes.
TUESDAY, Vegas at Anaheim
VGK +150, DUCKS -170
One bonus for the Knights, the Ducks will have played at San Jose the previous night, so maybe Vegas catches a tired Anaheim club in this one. The Ducks haven’t been able to get the puck in the net thus far with only a 2.8 goals per game mark, 21st in the NHL. This is in large part due to the lack of a power play near the bottom of the league at 14.8 percent.
Anaheim has shown a middle of the road defense but they should stay in it as it’s been clear Vegas is a different team away from home. That said, a better play here might be the total as both teams aren’t scoring enough on the power play. UNDER
Friday, San Jose at Vegas
SHARKS +120, VGK -140
Vegas is 8-1 at T-Mobile Arena and clearly has a home ice advantage. The Sharks have been better on the road (4-2) than at home (6-6). It’s still really hard to back any road team at T-Mobile. This could mark the beginning of another Pacific Division rivalry. If you don’t believe me, check out how the Kings reacted when they lost in the same building.
My gut, however, tells me the Sharks will be ready, so I will go with what I view as a safer play. OVER
Saturday, Vegas at Arizona
VGK +115, COYOTES -135
Arizona has struggled mightily this season with a -31 goal differential, 4-15-3 record and somehow are even worse at home (1-6-1) than on the road (3-9-2). Now looking deeper at their record after the awful 0-10-1 start, the Coyotes had put together their first winning streak of the season. Both road victories at Montreal (5-4) and Ottawa (3-2, OT). They will have played at Toronto, likely the team to end that streak as the Leafs are a giant -240 favorite going into the game.
If Arizona somehow keeps the train rolling, they will head home to battle the Sharks and Kings before the Knights stroll into town. Vegas will have played the night prior just like the Coyotes so this points me toward the total. OVER
Last Week: 1-1-1