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21-22 Golden Knights Experiencing Similar Start As 17-18 Team

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

28 games into this season the Golden Knights sit with 34 points and a record of 17-11-0. They’ve scored 98 goals while allowing 86, and they’ve done it without many of their most important players in the lineup for a majority of it.

This all should sound familiar but it probably doesn’t because the last time the Golden Knights were doing something just like this, it was kind of a blur for everyone involved.

28 games in to the 2017-18 season, VGK’s first, they were 18-9-1, had scored 98 goals while allowing 88 goals and they did it without Marc-Andre Fleury and many others either yet to find their place or not even on the roster at all.

It actually goes well beyond just the record and the goals scored though. In fact, the first 28 games of this season and first 28 of Vegas’ historic first season are incredibly similar.

Goals (per game)98 (3.5)98 (3.5)
Goals Against (per game)88 (3.1)86 (3.1)
Shots (per game)904 (32.3)937 (33.5)
Shots Against (per game)866 (30.9)886 (31.6)
Save Percentage.898.903
Shooting Percentage10.810.5
Power Play18.217.1
Penalty Kill77.579.0

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Station Casinos Offers Betting Odds For Las Vegas NHL Team

You knew it wouldn’t be long before the Las Vegas NHL team found their way onto the gambling boards across the valley. Station Casinos became the first to offer odds on the team putting them on the board just minutes after the team was officially announced by Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Figured we’d go ahead and list what they’re offering and then take a stab at which one to bet for each prop available.

Total Points In 2017-18 Season

  • Over 72.5 (-110)
  • Under 72.5 (-110)

I know I’m optimistic but I really like the over here. 72.5 points indicates a team that’s well below .500 and even struggles when they get to overtime as well. A lot of people are going to go back and cite the terrible expansion records of the Wild, Sharks, Thrashers, and alike, but these rules are a lot different. It makes a lot more sense to compare Las Vegas to some of the lower end teams from last season. Just two teams failed to reach 73 points a season ago and both went into tank mode pretty early on (Toronto and Edmonton). Literally every other team cleared the number including Vancouver who played in the Pacific Division, had a -55 goal differential, and were six games under .500 at home. I’d honestly be surprised if they don’t push 80 in the first year. Pick: Over 72.5 (-110) 

First Home Game vs. TBA

  • Las Vegas +150
  • Visiting Team -170

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