Vegas Golden Knights vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick
Marc-Andre Fleury got the start in net on Sunday, so logic would dictate that it’s going to be backup Malcolm Subban in net in Columbus. Fleury has been a workhorse in net this season, with Subban seeing the crease only four times this year. I doubt Gerard Gallant goes to Fleury here playing on a back-to-back given that he’s started the last thirteen games. That’s a good way to burn him out and have him sucking wind by April. In other words, Gallant has to pray that Subban gets something going or consider a move for another goaltender.
Maxime Lagace has not been playing well in Chicago with the Wolves, so I don’t think he’s a suitable option, or Oscar Dansk. Subban has a 4.02 GAA and 0.859 save percentage in four starts and a relief appearance this season. The Golden Knights somehow made it work without Fleury playing for a decent chunk of last season. However, don’t bet on it happening again if he hits the shelf.
With that said, the offence has been picking it up for the Knights, and with Stastny back in the lineup the sky looks pretty sunny. If Stastny can heat up at the right time, they’re going to continue to be a difficult out once again in the spring. Unfortunately, it does look like Erik Haula is going to be lost for the entire year, thus making Stastny’s role even more important.
Vegas have recorded 3.8 goals per game in their previous ten games. Conversely, the Blue Jackets have struggled defensively, with 3.6 goals allowed per game, though have scored 3.2 per game. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t looked elite in net, as he enters tonight with a shaky 2.99 GAA and 0.901 save percentage. Okay numbers for a backup, but not a guy of his calibre. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.41 goals per game, while allowing 3.29 goals in Columbus. Let’s go with another Vegas OVER for one our NHL picks to get the week started on Monday.