Boston Bruins (1-2-0-0 SU, 0-3 PL, 1-2-0 O/U) vs Vegas Golden Knights (3-1-0-0 SU, 3-1 PL, 2-2-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Sunday, October 15, 2017
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Tonight on the ice, a little inter-conference NHL action and the Boston Bruins will travel to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to grapple with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Bruins will be playing on no rest as they have a game in Arizona on Saturday, while the Golden Knights are off a 6-3 home loss to Detroit. Goalie Probables: Anton Khudobin will be in the crease for the Bruins, while the Golden Knights will be sending out Marc-Andre Fleury.
Bruins Lose Two Against The Avs
The Boston Bruins have a game on Saturday against the Coyotes and prior to that they took on the Colorado Avalanche in a home-and-home series. The Avs were the worst team in the league last year and by a wide margin, so Boston had to feel good about that series. Well, that’s why they play the games as the Avs took both ends of that series. The Bruins lost game one of that series at home by a score of 4-0 and then fell on the road by a score of 6-3. Tuukka Rask really struggled in that game as he allowed four goals on 26 shot attempt before being taken out in favor of Anton Khudobin. Rask is now 1-2 with a 3.76 GAA on the year. Scoring for the Bruins in the loss was Brad Marchand, which was his 2nd of the year, Tim Schaller, which was his first of the year and Torey Krug, which was his first of the year. Khudobin should get the nod for the Bruins in this one and it will be his first start of the year. Last year, he went 7-7 with a 2.64 GAA, including 4-2 with a 2.26 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 27-25 with a 2.61 GAA on the road and 3-8 with a 3.18 GAA in October, while against the Western Conference he has gone 14-20 with a 2.55 GAA, including 6-10 with a 2.65 GAA against the Central.
Boston has been poor on offense so far as they rank 22nd in the league in scoring at 2.33 gpg, while also ranking 30th in shots taken (28.0 spg) and 17th in power play conversions, converting on 15.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been very poor as they come in ranked 30th in goals allowed, giving up 4.33 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots allowed (29.7) and 25th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 23.1% of their chances.
Golden Knights Taste First Defeat
The Vegas Golden Knights are an expansion team and they usually struggle in their first year, but the Golden Knights came out with fire in their eyes and won their first three games. Those wins were against Dallas & Arizona on the road and then Arizona at home. They then took on Detroit at home in their 4th game and they had a 3-2 lead in the game at the end of the 2nd period, but the Red Wings outscored them 4-0 in the final frame to had the Golden Knights their first ever loss. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed just four total goals through his first three starts, but he allowed six goals on 27 shot attempts in the loss to the Red Wings. He is now 3-1 with a 2.48 GAA on the year. Last year, he was 18-17 with a 3.02 GAA for the Penguins, including 14-5 with a 2.52 GAA in his home games. In his career, he has gone 224-139 with a 2.43 GAA in his home games and 63-39 with a 2.38 GAA during the month of October, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 119-93 with a 2.62 GAA and against the Bruins in his career he has gone 12-11 with a 2.43 GAA. Scoring in the loss was Jonathan Marchessault, which was his 1st of the year, James Neal, which was his 6th of the year and Erik Haula, which was his 1st of the year.
The Golden Knights have been solid on offense so far as they rank 17th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 19th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 27th in power play conversions, converting on 5.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid as they rank 7th in goals allowed, giving up 2.50 gpg, while also ranking 20th in shots allowed (33.5) and 6th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 9.1% of their chances.
- 12-4 in their last 16 vs. the Western Conference
- 4-1 in their last five vs. the Pacific
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The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a nice start, while the Bruins have struggled so far and will be playing this game on no rest. I don’t feel that no rest is much of a factor this early in the season. The Bruins are the better team and usually play well on the road and they should be able to grab a big win over a Vegas team that ran on just emotion in their first three games. The Golden Knights are not as good as they looked to start the year and the Bruins are not as bad as they played in their two losses to the Avs. I look for Boston to grab a much-needed win in this one.