Vegas Loses Third Straight At Home
The Vegas Golden Knights are suddenly showing chinks in their armor.
The newest team in the NHL, which has set multiple records this season, is starting to play like expansion teams always have in the past — they’re losing … and now they’re losing badly.
The New Jersey Devils, who are fighting for one of two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference, buried the Golden Knights 8-3 on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Attendance was a season-high 18,420 at the venue near The Park on the Las Vegas Strip.
Vegas, which has been favored in 18 consecutive games, looks to rebound on Friday against the Minnesota Wild in its second of four straight games at home. The Golden Knights (45-20-5) are currently picked on the money line as -165 favorites (odds provided by Bovada).
It’s the first time in 18 games Minnesota hasn’t been the choice in the betting odds.
The Wild (39-24-7) are third in the Central Division, but in a tight race with Dallas and Colorado for the last divisional playoff spot. They have lost two in a row and four of their last seven. The team also has a losing record on the road at 15-18-1.
Vegas has one of the best records in the league at home (24-8-2), but you wouldn’t know it lately. Wednesday’s loss was the third straight at T-Mobile for the Golden Knights — the first time that’s happened all season.
Before the five-goal loss to New Jersey, the Golden Knights’ worst defeat at home was three goals — Detroit 6-3 on Oct. 16, Dallas 3-0 on Nov. 28 and Philadelphia 4-1 on Feb. 11.
These are not good signs for a division leader with about a dozen games left in the regular season.
It wasn’t that long ago that Vegas had the best record of all 31 teams in the NHL. Not anymore.
The Golden Knights are 6-6 in their last 12 games and they have been passed by Tampa Bay and Boston in the East and Nashville in the West.
Vegas still has a solid hold on the lead in the Pacific Division with 12 games left in the season — seven at home and five on the road. Jonathan Marchessault is one of four players with 60 or more points for the Golden Knights. He has 22 goals and 43 assists for 65 points. William Karlsson leads the club with 36 goals, while David Perron has the most assists with 47.
The Wild, who are 10th in the league in goals scored and 15th in goals allowed, are 5-2 in the last seven road games.
Eric Staal leads the team in scoring with 37 goals and 31 assists for 68 points. Ryan Suter has the most assists on the Wild with 41.
Minnesota has played the Golden Knights twice this season at the Xcel Energy Center and beat them both times — 4-2 on Nov. 30 and 5-2 on Feb. 2.
This is their first and only regular season trip to Las Vegas. Do the Wild remain undefeated against the Golden Knights?
VGB’s pick — Minnesota (+145), Over (5.5)