The Chicago Blackhawks make their first trip to Vegas as a team, as they try to bring the Golden Knights down to earth. There have been Blackhawks that have come to Vegas to collect awards at the NHL Awards, but this will be their first time playing the expansion team, the Golden Knights. The start of the season can be awfully unpredictable. It takes a couple of months to start to get a feel for teams. Everything begins to even out, and the good teams rise, while the others fall behind. Are the Golden Knights for real or is this all a charade? Whether they are or not, credit must be given where it’s due.
Vegas have gotten off to a marvelous start in their team’s brief history. In fact, they’ve broken records for an expansion franchise. They’re off to the best start in expansion history, and hope to keep it going tonight against the Blackhawks. Their biggest win thus far is against the St. Louis Blues. However, a win against the Blackhawks would take that spot. One of the best weapons the Knights have is where they play. The city could serve as a distraction for some players. Most of these guys are used to going there to party, so it could take a trip or two to realize that it’s a business trip and nothing more.
The only team to beat the Golden Knights has been the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings took a 6-3 decision, but since then, Vegas has won three straight, including a couple in overtime against the Sabres and Blues. It’d be rather impressive for the Knights to knock off the Blues and Blackhawks back-to-back. We’ll see if they pull it off tonight at T-Mobile Arena. Head below for our free Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights pick.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
Marc-Andre Fleury was pulling rabbits out of the hat over the first couple of weeks, but what happens when he gets injured? It’s a question I pondered that right after the expansion draft. Calvin Pickard was selected to back Fleury up, but he was traded, and the Golden Knights acquired Malcolm Subban as the backup. Subban was actually playing well in relief of Fleury, but then the worst case scenario happened. Subban suffered an injury, and now the Knights go into tonight with Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace. Dansk will get the start, after he filled in for Subban after he went down. Dansk allowed a goal on 11 shots in his first ever NHL action.
This will be the first start of his career for the Swede. After his brief appearance, Dansk finished with a 4.36 GAA and 0.90 save percentage. The Hawks are averaging 3.56 goals per game, 7th in the NHL. If the Knights can win again with Oscar Dansk in net, it might be time to start taking the Golden Knights seriously. I believe they’re going to hit a wall eventually, though. And I could see that wall coming in the form of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. They are running off adrenaline at the moment. This game looks pricey, and I never advocate taking a price like this on regular basis, but I believe it should be somewhere in the ballpark of -210. I don’t like the Knights going in against the Blackhawks with an AHL goaltender between the pipes. I’d lay the price on the Blackhawks in Vegas.
PICK: BLACKHAWKS (-175)