The Vegas Golden Knights fell in what was a back and forth affair Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens. It was an entertaining game, that’s for sure, as the Canadiens were ultimately able to edge out the Knights at the Bell Centre. Meanwhile, the Bruins are coming off an impressive 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were on a back-to-back after blasting the Devils the night before and the Bruins were able to take advantage.
Now it’s the Bruins turn to get the back-to-back. However, they will be glad to know that the Golden Knights have to travel from Montreal to Boston for this one on Sunday. With each team having played last night, it’s a wash in that respect. There are quite a few teams playing Sunday who played last night.
Boston is expected to give Jaroslav Halak the start today after he beat the Maple Leafs yesterday. In today’s NHL, it’s rare this early in the season to give a goaltender back-to-back games. However, with Rask taking a leave of absence, the Bruins are going to be going to Halak nearly every game.
Halak likely isn’t going to be the everyday goalie later in the season, so he can take more wear and tear than a starter can. The Golden Knights are likely going to go to their backup in this one. Malcolm Subban was traded from the Bruins to the Golden Knights, so there is a backstory between him and Boston. He struggled as a Bruin in his short stay there, but he has found a home as a backup to Marc-Andre Fleury in Vegas. Get our free Golden Knights vs. Bruins pick.
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The Knights have finally been able to find the back of the net. In what had been a struggle for them to open the season, they’ve been getting some bounces go their way. The shots on net have been there for the Golden Knights, with 35 shots per game and 36.4 in their previous ten games. However, nothing was landing for them through the first few weeks.
We’re starting to see them shake the rust off and get going, though. Vegas have scored 9 goals in their last two games, while registering 80 shots on net. They allowed 8 goals, though, to give them a split in their last two contests. Subban enters with a 2.83 GAA and 0.881 save percentage this season.
His effort on the road and at home has been night and day. At home, Subban has posted a 2.35 GAA, but as soon as he hits the road, that number rockets up to 3.25. The offence was clicking on Thursday and Saturday for the Bruins and it should continue on Sunday against Subban.
They have scored 5 goals in each of their previous two games. Halak was able to bounce back against the Leafs after getting torched by the Canucks for 5 goals. The Knights’ offence has been feeling it, so he is likely going to feel some pressure tonight. It’s unusual for him to be getting a back-to-back start, so this is going to take him out of his normal routine. With both offences beginning to heat up recently, I’d go with a play on the OVER if you are looking for some puck action Sunday evening.