Just another night at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas wins at home — as usual — and an Elvis impersonator marries a lucky couple in the arena — a little unusual.
The Golden Knights dropped the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday for the first time in three tries this season to improve their home record to 21-4-2 — one win from matching the NHL record for the most by an expansion team in its first season.
The new arena on the Las Vegas Strip seems to be the perfect spot for visiting fans and the Golden Knights as the team now sports the best home record in the NHL. It’s a great location for out-of-town visitors as well because of cheap airfare into Las Vegas and the thousands of hotel rooms a short walk from the venue. The warm weather doesn’t hurt either.
The Golden Knights now square off on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens — the fourth of a seven-game homestand for Vegas. This is the only time the Habs will visit the expansion team’s new arena this season.
The two teams met at the Bell Centre on Nov. 7. Montreal won 3-2 as a -240 favorite. This time, however, Vegas is the huge favorite at -240 (odds provided by Bovada).
The Canadiens, who have now lost four in a row and 11 of their last 15 games, are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and a long way from a playoff spot. It’s a huge disappointment for one of the Original Six franchises after winning the division last year.
Montreal’s record in 2016-17 — 47-26-9; in 2017-18 — 22-28-7.
On Thursday in Phoenix, the Canadiens scored twice within two minutes of the third period to pull to within a goal, but that’s as close as they would get in a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
All-star goalie Carey Price allowed five goals on 21 shots. He’s now 15-21-5 for the season — one of the worst seasons of his 10-year career.
The Habs rank near the bottom of the league in goals scored per game (2.5) and penalty killing (77.7%). They only have three players with more than 30 points — Max Pacioretty (34), Brendan Gallagher (33) and Alex Galchenyuk (33).
For the Golden Knights, however, the amazing run continues.
They have won six of their last nine and lead the Pacific Division by 10 points at 38-15-4. William Karlsson scored his 30th goal of the season as Vegas never trailed against Edmonton in a 4-1 victory. The Golden Knights improved to 14-1-1 against division rivals.
“That was a good one, from start to finish,” said goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 28 shots and improved his record to 18-6-2. He’s now seven wins shy of 400 for his career.
The Golden Knights are now 23-3-0 when scoring first and their .884 win percentage when recording the opening goal leads the league.
The Canadiens appear to be overmatched in this one on Saturday.
VGB’s pick — Vegas (-240), Under (5.5)