Vegas vs Anaheim NHL Odds, Picks: Golden Knights Tie Record For Expansion Team
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Detroit, Dallas, New York Islanders and Philadelphia — those are the four teams that have won in regulation time at T-Mobile Arena this season.
That’s it, that’s all. Four losses for Vegas in 28 games.
The Golden Knights tied a record on Saturday for most home wins by an expansion team in its first season. The home team thumped one of the NHL’s Original Six clubs 6-3 and equaled the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers’ mark of 22 wins on home ice.
Vegas is now 22-4-2, while Hartford finished 22-12-6.
“It’s fantastic for us, it’s fantastic for the team, it’s fantastic for the fans — I love it,” team owner Bill Foley told the Associated Press.
Reilly Smith scored two goals and Jonathan Marchessault, the team’s leading scorer, added three assists as Vegas beat Montreal for its third straight win. The two points also lifted the Golden Knights (39-15-4) into first place overall in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks will try and beat the Golden Knights for the first time this season when the two teams clash on Monday night. Vegas is undefeated in three meetings against its division rival and is favored (-180) for the fifth straight game on home ice (odds provided by Bovada).
The Golden Knights won 4-2 on Nov. 22 at Anaheim, 4-3 on Dec. 5 at T-Mobile and 4-1 on Dec. 27 at Anaheim. This is their fourth and final matchup of the regular season.
The Ducks (29-20-11) have won two straight on the road, including a 3-2 marathon shootout victory over Minnesota on Saturday. This is their fourth and final game of a four-game road trip against Western Conference foes.
They are 14-11-7 on the road this season and third in the Pacific Division, 13 points behind the Golden Knights.
The Ducks, who rank 13th in the league in penalty killing and 25th on the power play, have just two scorers with 15 goals or more — Rickard Rakell (22) and Ondrej Kase (17). Rakell leads the team in scoring with 46 points. He’s one of four Ducks with 31 or more points.
John Gibson has a 21-15-6 record in goal this season for Anaheim, which has been favored in five of their last six games.
The Golden Knights, who rank 15th in the league in penalty killing and ninth on the power play, play five of their next six games at T-Mobile Arena, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip between well-known resorts Monte Carlo and New York New York. They have four players with 50 or more points on their roster — Marchessault (58), David Perron (53), Smith (51) and William Karlsson (51).
Marc-Andre Fleury earned the win Saturday to improve to 19-6-2 for Vegas, which has been favored in five straight games.
The Golden Knights are 3-1 in the midst of a seven-game homestand. They have also proven they can beat the Ducks at home or away.
VGB’s pick — Vegas (-180), Under (5.5)
VGB’s Top 10 NHL Teams
(Current odds to win the Stanley Cup listed after team record. Odds provided by Bovada.)
- Las Vegas (39-15-4) +600 — Knights win 22nd at home, tie NHL record.
- Tampa Bay (39-17-3) +600 — Lightning 3-4 in last seven, 5-5 in last 10.
- Nashville (34-14-9) +800 — Preds have lost four of their last six games.
- Boston (35-13-8) +800 — Bruins lose first of five straight road games.
- Winnipeg (34-15-9) +1400 — Share Central lead, tough to beat at home.
- Toronto (35-20-5) +1200 — Leafs 9-2 in last 11, lose to Penguins on road.
- Washington (33-18-7) +1400 — Caps 1-2 in midst of four-game road trip.
- Dallas (34-20-4) +2200 — Stars have won six of seven, surging in Central.
- Pittsburgh (34-22-4) +900 — Pens have won four straight, second in Metro.
- St. Louis (34-22-4) +1600 — Blues slumping in Central, meet Jets this week.
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