By Drew Modjeski
It is a battle of unbeatens in this early NHL season as the 2-0-0 Boston Bruins travel out to the desert to take on the 2-0-0 Vegas Golden Knights. One of these teams is going to lose their perfect record tonight, but who will it be?
Money Line- Boston Bruins +131, Vegas Golden Knights -145
Puck Line- Boston Bruins +1.5 (-245), Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+200)
Over/Under- 5.5 (O -115, U +104)
Puck Drop- 9 p.m. CST. T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Bruins have started their defense of their Eastern Conference very well. Both of their wins only came by one goal, but they shut out the Coyotes and held the Stars to only one goal. Also, both of those wins came while on the road.
The Bruins did alternate goaltender in their two wins as Tukka Rask got the start against Dallas while Jaroslav Halak was in net against the Coyotes. Rask will get the start against the Knights on Tuesday. In his game against the Stars, Rask only allowed one shot to get past him as he saved 28 out of the 29 shots he faced. He did get some help from his offense as the Bruins went up 2-0 in the first period and held on to win. Scoring early will always help a goaltender out, so Rask is hoping his offense will put some more in the net early on.
However, one are that the Bruins need to improve on is faceoffs. Out of all their players that have taken more than one faceoff this year, none of them are winning above 50 percent of them. They are playing a Golden Knights team that has three players hitting that mark. That could cause problems for the Bruins especially if they are losing these faceoffs in the defensive zone.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights opened up their season with two convincing wins against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, the San Jose Sharks. They won those two games by a score of 4-1 and 5-1. They have seven players on the team currently with a +/- of 3 and have only one player with a negative +/-. Mark Stone has been on fire to start the season off as he has three assists and one goal already to his name. This Vegas team has always liked to play fast and score and that is what they have been doing so far this year.
In net, Marc-Andre Fleury has been stellar to start out. He has saved 55 of the 57 shots he has faced through the first two games. Allowing one goal per game is not the worst thing in the world, especially when he has this Golden Knight offense to back him up.
Analysis and Prediction
If you’re in Vegas, get ready to cash in your tickets on the Golden Knights. Take them on the money line at -145. The offensive attack has been clicking on all cylinders and I don’t see it slowing down at home.
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