The Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights will meet again for the second time in three nights on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. The Wild edged the Golden Knights out with a 3-2 win in shootout on Thursday night. The Golden Knights peppered Cam Talbot with 37 shots, but he held strong for a 0.946 save percentage. It was the same for Robin Lehner. The Wild came at Lehner with 37 shots, and Lehner sent 35 of them back for a 0.946 save percentage. It was as even of a game that you could have had. There was only one goal scored in the shootout, with Kevin Fiala finding the back of the net.
The loss was the second in a row for the Golden Knights. They were coming off a 4-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. The back-to-back didn’t help the Golden Knights, but they were expecting to beat the Wild. It’s not often that Vegas loses at T-Mobile, never mind twice in two days. Before dropping games against the Kings and Wild, the Golden Knights were 14-2-1 in Las Vegas. There is no fun on business trips for teams visiting because of Covid, but the Golden Knights have still had a nice home ice advantage this season.
Despite the two losses for Vegas, they are second in the West Division with a record of 24-9-2 and 50 points. The Colorado Avalanche have a two-point advantage on the Knights at 24-8-4. Note that the Avs have played one more game than the Golden Knights going into Saturday. Vegas hasn’t been in their best form recently. Since March 21, the Golden Knights have losses in four of their previous seven outings. These kinds of mediocre phases happen for every team. I wouldn’t read too much into the inconsistent play the last two weeks. This is a very good roster that is poised for a deep postseason run.
The Wild aren’t too far behind the Golden Knights now. They drew within four points after picking up one more point than Vegas on Thursday night. Minnesota is going into this contest with a record of 22-11-2 and 46 points. They were coming off two straight losses against the San Jose Sharks, 4-3 SO and 4-2, before heading to Las Vegas. The Wild had a nice response to get back on the winning track. They have four wins in their last eight outings for a mediocre stretch as well. Head below for our free Wild vs. Golden Knights pick on April 3, 2021.
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The win on Thursday was the third straight win for the Wild over the Golden Knights. They swept the Knights on March 8 and March 10 in Minnesota with a 4-3 and 2-0 win. However, earlier in March, the Golden Knights were in the driver’s seat against the Wild at T-Mobile Arena, with wins of 5-4 OT and 5-1. That’s the team we’ve come to expect from the Golden Knights at home. Vegas is one of the best teams at home, and it isn’t because players are running off to party at the Cosmopolitan.
They own a record of 14-3-2 in Las Vegas this season. Their offence has been capable with 3.53 goals per game, but it’s their lockdown defensive play that has elevated them at T-Mobile. Vegas has conceded just 2.21 goals per game home in Vegas. It lines up with their overall numbers. The Golden Knights are second in the NHL with 2.3 goals against per game. They’re also fifth in the league with 27.7 shots against per game. Marc-Andre Fleury is listed as probably in net for the Knights.
Fleury has posted a 2.14 GAA and 0.924 save percentage. Do you think this guy was motivated to show that he’s a No. 1 goalie after the Knights acquired Robin Lehner? Fleury might have been taken back by the move, but the Knights have a terrific 1-2 combo between the pipes. Despite beating the Knights in a shootout, the Wild offence has not been in great form. The Wild have netted an average of 2.2 goals per game in their previous ten, while conceded 2.4 goals per game during that stretch. Off two losses, expect the Golden Knights to put a complete effort together at home Saturday. I like the Golden Knights to take a split in this two-game series against the Wild.