The Vegas Golden Knights got off to a record breaking start to the season, and now they’ve suffered their first back-to-back losses in franchise history. The New York teams are responsible, as the Islanders and Rangers beat the Golden Knights on a back-to-back for Vegas. The two losses haven’t put much of a damper on their start, as they’re still an impressive 8-3-0. For an expansion team that’s some impressive stuff. It hasn’t been the most ideal first road trip for the Golden Knights, who lost to the Isles, 6-3, and then were delayed getting to MSG because of the terrorist attack in NYC on Tuesday. They got off to a nice start, but the Rangers took control in the 3rd period for a 6-4 final.
The Rangers poured it on, hitting the net 38 times and scoring 6 goals on Maxime Lagace. This has to be crazy for Lagace, who went from the fourth man in line, to the starter in Vegas. There was Marc-Andre Fleury who was on fire to start the year, and then went to the IR. Malcolm Subban? You’re going to the IR as well. This prompted the Golden Knights to call up Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace, neither with experience playing at the NHL level.
Then Dansk looked pretty good in net, and the crisis looked like it was going to be aborted. Oops, no, sorry. Dansk was injured against the Islanders and now they’re on to Maxime Lagace as their starting netminder. Don’t even think about what will happen if Lagace gets injured, because behind him, is 19-year-old junior goalie Dylan Ferguson. Ferguson plays in the WHL for the Kamloops Blazers. The Golden Knights have lucked out, getting solid performances from Subban and Dansk, but now that they’re down to Lagace, desperation might be seeping in. We’ll see if the Bruins can exploit him tonight. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Bruins pick.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Boston Bruins Pick
Before coming to Vegas, Lagace posted a 3.24 GAA and 0.88% save percentage in four starts in the AHL. That’s not good in the minors, nor is it close to being good enough to be playing against NHL players. It’s certainly not his fault that he’s in this position, but the Golden Knight’s hand was forced and they have no other choice but to go to Lagace. He’s appeared in two games, filling in for Dansk, and then getting the whole games against the Rangers. Lagace holds a 6.38 GAA and 0.813 save percentage. Not the largest sample size, but he was already struggling in the minors before he had to come up to Vegas.
The Vegas offense has been efficient, netting 3.73 goals per game thus far for 5th in the NHL. At this point, they’re better off going all-in on offence and see what happens. Regardless of how they play defensively, they’re going to have major issues with their goaltending. The Bruins enter allowing 3.20 goals per game, so it hasn’t been so great for them in the defensive end, either. This is a rematch from the 15th, where Subban got some revenge on his old team and took a 3-1 win. This time around, the Bruins have Lagace looking at them in net. I said I was going to avoid Vegas games, but with their goaltending situation at the point of deteriorating, there may be some opportunities to take advantage of it. Look for goals in Boston tonight.
PICK: OVER 6 (-110)