Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Betting Odds
If nothing else, the Vegas Golden Knights deserve credit for being the most interesting drama in the NHL. In 2021-22 Vegas missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in their five-year history. As a result, head coach Pete DeBoer was fired. DeBoer coached a team that was among the most injury-ravaged in the NHL. But that did not matter to the Vegas management, who felt a “new voice” was needed. That new voice is Bruce Cassidy, who arrives from the Boston Bruins. Ironically, Cassidy was also fired last summer because the Bruins said they needed a “new voice.”
And then, on August 11, 2022, Vegas announced that goaltender Robin Lehner was likely to miss the season with an injury. That was after the Golden Knights traded Max Pacioretty to the Carolina Hurricanes, only to find later that Pacioretty would miss most of the upcoming season with an injury.
Vegas Golden Knights at a Glance
2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +1200 (Aug, 2022)
Western Conference Odds: +500 (Aug, 2022)
Last year the Vegas Golden Knights finished with a record of 43-31-8 to finish 4th in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights missed the playoffs for the first time in their history.
Owner Bill Foley deserves credit for demanding that his franchise win the Stanley Cup. Foley will spend and do whatever it takes. But Foley’s management team has felt that pressure and has not always handled it well. Also, Vegas has had to deal with real salary cap issues they ignored. All of this has served to frustrate fans and gamblers.
Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was the most popular player on the team. But he was traded to clear cap space after the 2020-21 season when it looked as if Robin Lehner was ready to take over the net. But Lehner has suffered from numerous issues and injuries and proved unable to stay in the lineup. Now Lehner is out and unlikely to ever play in Vegas again.
Fans were angry about Fleury’s departure and the reasons behind it. Now the Lehner injury pours gas on that fire. Pacioretty was also popular and productive, though missing half of last season with an injury. Fleury and Pacioretty were sent away for almost nothing in return. And fans have taken notice.
Vegas once considered a playoff berth a fait accompli. Those days are gone, and the pressure will be on full blast for 2022-23.
George McPhee is the president of hockey operation. McPhee hired Kelly McCrimmon as general manager after two years in that role. McPhee and McCrimmon are facing more scrutiny and skepticism. The management of the cap and missed playoff in 2022 have put them on the hot sweat.
Vegas Golden Knights Seasons
||Did Not Qualify
||Lost Conference Final
||Lost Conference Final
||Lost First Round
||Lost Stanley Cup Final
||Did Not Exist
Vegas Golden Knights History
Born in 2017 as an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights immediately made history by making it to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. No first-year expansion team in North American major league history had ever accomplished such a feat since the 1968 St. Louis Blues. And the Blues had the advantage of playing in a division comprised of fellow expansion teams.
As the first major league sports franchise in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights faced a unique immediate challenge. Las Vegas was shattered by the Mandalay Bay mass shooting at an outdoor concert a few days before their first-ever game. The organization dove into community outreach to form an immediate bond.
The Golden Knights have sold out almost every game they have ever played at T-Mobile Arena. Visiting teams and media members rave about the incredible enthusiasm and atmosphere at Vegas home games.
Vegas does everything in a first-class manner. Its broadcasting team is of network-level quality. Its team on the ice is a perennial Stanley Cup contender. Its management is openly doing everything in its power to win the Stanley Cup. Any other sport would be fortunate to have such a great expansion franchise.
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