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Coming into this season, the Vegas Golden Knights are the favorites in the Western Conference. They are close to odds-on to win the Pacific Division per the NHL futures odds, and they are a considerable favorite in terms of conference betting odds too. Stars like Jon Marchessault, William Karlson, Reilly Smith, and Alex Tuch are in the prime of their careers, giving the Golden Knights two excellent lines that can break down defenses. Mark Stone is back after an injury that sidelined him most of last year, so provided Marc-Andre Fleury continues to look rejuvenated in Vegas, this team is one of the Stanley Cup favorites.
Vegas Golden Knights at a Glance
Stanley Cup Odds: +825
Western Conference Odds: +345
The Golden Knights did not have a player finish with more than 60 points last year, but Vegas finished in the top half of the NHL in scoring thanks to solid all-around play from numerous individuals. Marchessault, Karlsson, Tuch, Cody Eakin, and Max Pacioretty all finished with more than 20 goals, and Shea Theodore led a good two-way defense.
Fleury has rewritten his career since coming to the desert, erasing the image of the erratic goaltender we saw in Pittsburgh. He has thrived in Vegas, becoming a solid backstop through two seasons in Sin City.
The Golden Knights were hosed in the playoffs last season. Vegas was up 3-0 on San Jose with 10 minutes to play in the decisive Game 7 when Cody Eakin was given a five-minute major for shoving Joe Pavelski. San Jose scored four goals in the five-minute stretch, eventually nipping Vegas in overtime.
Vegas Golden Knights NHL Playoffs
Marc-Andre Fleury is one of a number of veterans that found redemption in the desert. Fleury won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but that franchise somewhat unceremoniously allowed him to head to Vegas at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. He flourished in his first year in Vegas with a 29-13-4 record coupled with a 2.24 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Fleury is still a decent goaltender, but his numbers have increased rather dramatically in each of the last two years. He had a 2.51 GAA and a .913 save percentage in the 2018-19 campaign, and he posted a 2.77 GAA with a .905 save percentage in the regular season this year.
Max Pacioretty was the best offensive weapon on the Golden Knights this season. Pacioretty led the team in goals (32) and points (66), but he appears to be unavailable for at least the first part of the postseason as he did not travel with Vegas to Edmonton due to injury.
That will put the onus on other veterans like Mark Stone, Reilly Smith, and Jonathan Marchessault to create offense without their top player. These three players combined to post a +38 in plus/minus in the regular season.
Vegas will compete with Colorado, Dallas, and St. Louis for the top four seeds in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Golden Knights were eight points behind the Blues for the No. 1 overall seed at the end of the regular season, so they will love the chance to grab the top spot despite being in a very weak Pacific Division.
Last Five Seasons
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||Lost Stanley Cup Final
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Vegas Golden Knights History
The Golden Knights were founded in 2017 as the first major professional sports team to represent Las Vegas. They had a magical start, making a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in their expansion season. Prior to the start of the year, Vegas’ front office dismissed any notion of the team making the playoffs, but they have struck upon an excellent combination with their old veterans. Vegas became the first team in any of the four major professional sports in the United States to qualify for the finals in their first season.
This team fully embraces its place in the desert. There is plenty of pageantry before and during the game, making games as much of a spectacle as other events in Las Vegas. This has become one of the toughest tickets to land in the NHL, and it’s not because casinos are giving them away.
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