Vegas Deals Draft Picks For Tatar
Tomas Tatar has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons for the Detroit Red Wings. The 27-year-old native of Slovakia will now bring that talent to Vegas as the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights traded three draft picks for the goal scorer at the NHL trade deadline on Monday.
The move shows that the newest expansion team in the league is gearing up for a huge run in the playoffs. The Golden Knights, who play Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, gave up a 2018 first-round draft pick, a 2019 second-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick for Tatar.
Vegas takes on the Los Angeles Kings for the second time in as many nights as the -165 favorite (odds provided by TopBet). The Golden Knights let a two-goal lead get away on Monday in L.A. as their Pacific Division rivals rallied for a 3-2 victory in overtime.
The Kings scored the tying goal with 11 seconds left in regulation. Two of L.A.’s goals were scored on the power play, including Dustin Brown’s overtime winner — his fourth game-winner of the season.
It was the first time the Kings have beaten the Golden Knights in three tries. Vegas won 4-2 in their first meeting on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile and 3-2 on Dec. 28 at the Staples Center.
Erik Haula and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves. The overtime loss leaves the Golden Knights atop of the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Nashville Predators. They are now second overall in the NHL, two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The victory moves the Kings two points out of second place in the Pacific as they chase the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. Jonathan Marchessault continues to lead the Golden Knights in scoring. He had an assist in the game against the Kings to push his points total to 62. He now has 22 goals and 40 assists.
The Golden Knights’ top line has amazing statistics for a trio that was put together in September. All three have established career highs in points with 20 games remaining in the regular season and are the top three in the NHL in plus/minus ranking (William Karlsson +37, Reilly Smith +32, Jonathan Marchessault +30).
Vegas now plays two games at home. They meet the Ottawa Senators on Friday before heading out on a five-game road trip, including a stop in Philadelphia. The Flyers have not lost a game in regulation since Feb. 1.
The Golden Knights need to rebound after Monday’s overtime loss. They are 24-5-2 at T-Mobile and 16-2-2 against their division in their magical inaugural season. But the Kings are 19-13-2 away from home and 4-3 on a recent seven-game road trip.
VGB’s pick — Vegas (-165), Under (6)
VGB’s Top 10 NHL Teams
(Current odds to win the Stanley Cup listed after team record. Odds provided by Bovada.)
- Tampa Bay (42-17-3) +600 — Three straight wins, all on the road (22-11-2).
- Las Vegas (41-16-4) +700 — 5-2 in homestand, five-game road trip up next.
- Nashville (38-14-9) +800 — Four straight wins, now on road for four games.
- Winnipeg (37-16-9) +1600 — Better goal differential (+44) than division leaders.
- Toronto (39-20-5) +1600 — 9-1 in last 10 and still not hottest team in league.
- Boston (37-15-8) +800 — Lost to Leafs, now enjoy a six-game homestand.
- Washington (35-20-7) +1200 — Metropolitan leaders have lost three of last five.
- Philadelphia (33-19-10) +1600 — Super hot, one loss in regulation this month.
- Minnesota (35-20-7) +2800 — Three of four straight wins were on the road.
- Pittsburgh (36-23-4) +800 — 6-1 in last seven, losing record (13-16-3) on road.