Look no further than the Vegas Golden Knights here. Gerard Gallant’s side are clear at the top of the Pacific Division – the San Jose Sharks are 10 points behind the leaders at the time of writing. With six wins in their previous 10 National Hockey League games, Vegas are on the cusp of rewriting the history books; the Stanley Cup isn’t out of reach just yet.
The Golden Knights have scored 209 goals so far this season; only the Tampa Bay Lightning have netted more (219) in 2017/18. Vegas are heading in the right direction and it would be foolish to write them out of Stanley Cup contention. Not only are they second favourites at 8/1 with Bet365, the Golden Knights have the quality and strength in depth to compete on the big stage.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Vancouver Canucks. The visitors have lost six of their previous 10 NHL encounters and another tricky contest awaits here. Backing against Vegas would be foolish to say the least; Vancouver are 31 points behind the Golden Knights in this fixture.
Golden Knights Destined For Glory?
Vegas have won their last three home games in a row, scoring 16 goals in the process – an incredible record to say the least. With a +46 scoring differential, the Golden Knights have the perfect blend of offensive talent and defensive strength. In addition, Vegas have lost just 16 games all year; that could be the difference between success and failure.
The Golden Knights have won both of their contests with Vancouver so far and another win looks likely this weekend. Their last matchup came back in November but if anything, the gap between Vegas and the Canucks has increased – it is difficult to fancy Vancouver with that in mind.
KEY MAN: David Perron. Perron has notched 55 points so far this season, second only to the talented Jonathan Marchessault in terms of the Vegas roster. He leads the team in assists with 41 and his creativity could give the Golden Knights an advantage in the final third.
Scoring goals isn’t really his forte but assisting for his teammates is second nature to Perron – he has six assists in his previous five league games. Watch this space, the Vegas star could be set for another influential role this weekend.
Canucks Struggling To Inspire Confidence
On their day, the Canucks are capable of giving anyone a game – and they could surprise us all this weekend. Vegas are usually solid at T-Mobile Arena but Vancouver head into this one relatively fresh and the Golden Knights may be forced to cope with an early onslaught from the Canadians.
With just one victory in their previous six away games, Vancouver’s road form is becoming a real issue. The Canucks are well out in the latest betting for the 2017/18 Stanley Cup and it would take a brave man to support the visitors here. The Canucks have tended to struggle on the big stage and they will need to step up.
KEY MAN: Brock Boeser. Leading the team with 50 points, Boeser has been simply sublime so far this campaign. With 27 goals and 23 assists, he has been consistent in attack – setting plenty of chances up for his teammates whilst scoring a few of his own.
As previously mentioned, this should be a fairly routine win for Vegas. The Golden Knights are a class above their opponents and Vancouver may struggle to keep tabs on the offensive stars for Vegas. T-Mobile Arena is something of a fortress and backing against them would be foolish. This could be very one-sided indeed…
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4-1 CANUCKS