Columbus Blue Jackets Beat Vegas Golden Knights
March 07, 2018 10:40 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
The head-to-head pairing of teams from opposite halves of the continent continues to sway towards the advantage of the West.
Unfortunately for local hockey fans, despite a 3-1 record by the Western Conference against the East on Tuesday (Mar. 6), the single loss was suffered by the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-1, falling to the host Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Of the four possible Western squads to select from, the Golden Knights seemed even more likely to be the correct option when it was learned that Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky would sit out with the flu. Vegas' lone goal came off the stick of Erik Haula to tie the game early in the second period before Columbus ran off three unanswered goals.
The Golden Knights (42-19-5), who have lost four of five (1-3-1). maintained their double-digit lead over the San Jose Sharks or first place in the Pacific Division. The Western Conference has been the clear-cut leader over the East in the early going before leveling out. But with the Stanley Cup Playoffs approaching, the advantage is again becoming more pronounced.
Since Feb. 15, the West has built a 21-11 ATS (.656) cushion over the East, with seven more "coasters" slated on Thursday. Included with be a Vegas trip to Detroit, before completing the 5-game excursion with contests in Buffalo (Saturday,1 p.m. ET) and Philadelphia (Monday).