I figured it only fitting that my introductory piece for Vegas Hockey Now center around Golden Knights betting, considering this is the sports gambling capital of the world.
I am looking forward to bringing you quality content on the Vegas Golden Knights, be it feature stories, pre- and post-game analysis, breaking news, hot takes, and of course, last but certainly not least betting previews.
For each of Vegas’ games, I’ll tell you why the Golden Knights can win, or whether their opponent can win. And will always have an opinion on the total.
I don’t want to bore you with introductory commentary, you’re here for one reason: to find out why you should invest in this game, and where to place your money, as the Golden Knights look for revenge after suffering their first loss of the season on Friday.
Without further adieu, let’s look at Sunday’s matinee from Gila River Arena, where the Arizona Coyotes (2-2-1) look to gain a split against Vegas (4-1-0) in the West Division rivals’ four-game series.
WHY VEGAS ON THE PUCK LINE +140
We saw as close to the Golden Knights’ full potential in their second game of this series, when Shea Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo finally got Vegas’ defensemen some goals. I still feel as if we’ve yet to see one complete game from every angle- the forwards, the blue-liners, goaltending and special teams. Is today the day? We’ve seen 14 skaters register at least one point, including captain Mark Stone, who has four points in the series and has registered at least one point in every game this season. There are 17 skaters who have at least one point through the first five games, and coach Peter DeBoer has shuffled the lineup enough times where you can expect the comfortability with the forwards to potentially peak today.
WHY ARIZONA +150
Coach Rick Tocchet talked about his team’s intensity before the series shifted to Arizona, and that he was pleased with the type of pressure that came with facing a team like Vegas four straight times, not to mention play in the types of close games the Coyotes played in to start the season. The mental toughness with Arizona is why it was able to break out on Vegas goalie Robin Lehner on Friday, and produce its best offensive output of the season. Conor Garland (1 goal, 2 assists), Nick Schmaltz (1,1), Christian Dvorak (1,1), and Drake Cagguila (0,2) all had multi-point games, while Derick Brassard scored his first goal as a Coyote. Confidence will be brewing for this early start, with fans in the stands, and to tie the series.
THE PICK: Under 5 1/2, +110
I’m leaning on the under in this game, as Arizona’s Darcy Kuemper will make his fourth consecutive start in goal, while I expect Vegas to turn to Marc-Andre Fleury after Lehner’s clunker on Friday. Kuemper is beyond warmed up at this point, and keep in mind he came into the season as the only netminder with a .920 save percentage or better in each of the last three seasons. I expect to see Fleury in net considering the pattern we’ve seen from DeBoer, in alternating his goalies. And since the team entered the league, it is 12-7-2 when Fleury is net one game after a loss that another goalie was between the pipes, including 6-3-0 last season. Look for a tending duo in this one, and the total to stay under the posted 5 1/2 goals.
W.G. Ramirez is the newest columnist and reporter for Vegas Hockey Now. He is the Golden Knights beat writer for The Associated Press and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch him on Twitter @WillieGRamirez
Wanna bet? Golden Knights Betting: Game 7 vs. Blues
Time to take a look at your Golden Knights betting in Monday night’s clash from Las Vegas, where they meet the St. Louis Blues in the first of eight games this season.
It was inevitable, says Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, that being his first meeting against the St. Louis Blues.
Now he wants to get it over with.
“I knew this day would come eventually,” Pietrangelo told media members after practice Monday. “I’ve been joking that I guess if you’re going to do it, just do it eight times in one year and get past it.”
Game 1 is Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena, and the Golden Knights are laying -150 on the moneyline, while the comeback price has the Blues taking +130.
St. Louis is 5-1-4 against the Golden Knights, who have won the last three meetings, two of which have been in overtime. Vegas is 4-1-0 at home all-time against the Blues.
WHY VEGAS ON THE PUCK LINE +150
Vegas has shown two different sides this season and have proven they’re a very good team offensively and defensively. This is a team that can open things up or will stick with you when the game score is low. We saw the latter in Sunday’s matinee, where the Golden Knights got a goal from William Karlsson with less than a minute remaining and Marc-Andre Fleury pitch his first shutout of the season. St. Louis hasn’t shown its full potential and has struggled at times with consistency at clearing pucks. That’s why the Blues, even at 3-2-1, have been outscored, 23-17. In a six-game cycle, considering three-game increments, Vegas has scored 5, 2, and 4 goals, and then 5, 2, and 1. Wouldn’t shock me to see the Golden Knights start a new increment and net 5.
WHY ST. LOUIS +130
Outside of the San Jose Sharks, it might be safe to say the Blues have become quite the Western Conference rival. Now in the same division, the rivalry is certain to heat up. St. Louis knows it has to get pucks in deep, work hard, and make it tough on Vegas’ defensemen. There was a time the Blues controlled this series, winning five of the first seven meetings, going 5-0-2 in those games. St. Louis still has a dangerous core from the team that dominated Vegas and limited it to an average of 2.14 goals per game in those first seven meetings. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer didn’t indicate who would be in goal, but he did give media members the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality with how he’s alternating goalies. Robin Lehner was tattered by the Coyotes in his last start, and now he faces a much more dangerous team. St. Louis has no choice but to set the tone in this first meeting.
THE PICK: Under 6, -130
I like the under in this game, as long as you’re getting the 1/2-goal jump to 6. I don’t mind laying the extra juice to avoid the 5 1/2, as this could very well be a 3-2 game with an empty netter waiting to happen. As mentioned, I expect Lehner to be in net, and he’ll be out to redeem himself. The Blues know they have to play heavy, and Vegas can adapt to that scheme and will oblige. Plenty of hits in this one, but also a very cautious game in avoiding penalties. Last thing either team wants to do is allow the other silly power-play opportunities. I know these teams have averaged 6.8 goals per game in 10 all-time meetings, but this is a new season, with new faces, and a rivalry headed to newer standards. Play this one low.