The Vegas Golden Knights (29-11-2) have won four consecutive contests, and their offense has been firing on all cylinders. Vegas has outscored its opponents 18-8 over this streak and is ranked fifth overall in goals per game (3.286). When you pair that type of offensive production with the Golden Knights’ top-ranked defense, it’s a recipe for great success.
Vegas is in second place in the heavy-handed West Division, while the Anaheim Ducks (14-23-7) are last. The Ducks do have a two-game win streak, but both victories came against the toothless Sharks. Anaheim has invited a true juggernaut into Honda Center, and the building will likely be left in ruin.
Lame Ducks on the Menu
The Golden Knights rank in the top-10 in every major statistical category. The disparity between Vegas and Anaheim statistically is enormous, and this is projecting to be a romp. Considering the wide gap in pedigree, it’s a little surprising that NHL betting odds are so favorable for betting Vegas. The Golden Knights are for real, so a -245 moneyline is not intimidating and they should cover -1½ (-105) easily.
With fantastic goalies at their disposal, the Golden Knights are tough to beat regardless of who is starting. Marc-Andre Fleury is in the Vezina Trophy conversation, and Robin Lehner has been extremely impressive. Lehner is 9-1-2 with a 2.30 GAA and a .914 SV%, and he’ll get the nod vs Anaheim. The Ducks will have John Gibson between the pipes. Gibson is a miserable 8-14-6 with a 2.90 GAA.
Lehner has won three in a row, and seven of eight. Gibson lost his last two starts and has dropped five of his previous seven. The Ducks have only won five times at home all season, and it’s unlikely they’ll add to that total here. The Golden Knights are a solid 13-7 on the road and are riding a wave of positive momentum.
Vegas has won four of five against Anaheim this year. Heard enough? Let’s make some money on this matchup. Lucky Jackson is in the house.
NHL Free Pick $$$: Vegas Golden Knights -245