Vegas Golden Knights (8-1 SU, 8-1 PL, 5-4-0 O/U) vs New York Islanders (6-5 SU, 8-3 PL, 6-5-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Monday, October 30, 2017
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Lines: New York -167/ Vegas +151
NHL hockey action on Monday evening and the Central Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Vegas Golden Knights invade the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Golden Knights come in off a 7-0 home win over the Avalanche, while the Islanders are off a solid 6-2 road win over the Predators. Goalie Probables: Vegas will be sending out Oscar Dansk in this one and he will be opposed by Jaroslav Halak.
Knights Rout Avs, Win Streak At Five
The Golden Knights of Vegas are off to an incredible start for an expansion team as they have won eight of their first nine games played. The Knights have won their last five games and have outscored their opponents 22-9 over that stretch. They just took out the Avs at home by a score of 7-0 and have now gone 6-1 at the T-Mobile Center so far. This is a team that has taken everyone by surprise and it will be fun to see if they can keep it up for the rest of the year. Scoring in the win over the Avs was David Perron, which was his 3rd of the year, Oscar Lindberg, which was his 4th, Cody Eakin, which was his 1st, James Neal, which was his 7th, Jonathan Marchessault, which was his 3rd, Erik Haula, which was his 2nd and William Carrier, which was his 1st. The Knights have won both road games they have played so far. Snatching up the win against the Avs was Oscar Dansk, who stopped all 32 shots that he faced in the game. This is his first year in the league and he has made three starts so far, going 3-0 with a 1.35 GAA in those games. He has been getting the starts because Marc-Andre Fleury is currently out with a concussion and will be out until early November. Backing Dansk up is Maxime Lagace, who has yet to have any NHL in his career.
The Golden Knights have been strong on offense so far as they rank 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.78 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (28.9 spg) and 19th in power play conversions, converting on 15.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good as they come in ranked 2nd in goals allowed, giving up 2.11 gpg, while also ranking 25th in shots allowed (33.6 spg) and 6th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 13.8% of their chances.
Isles Have Been Hot Of Late
The New York Islanders did not start the year all that well and It looked like their decision to stand pat in free agency really was going to haunt them. Well, they have finally found their footing and they come in off a strong 6-2 road win over the Nashville Predators, which now gives them a 4-1 mark over their last five games, after starting the year at 2-4. Their offense really struggled to start the year, but they have now scored 23 goals over their last five games and they hope the offense can continue here against a Vegas team that has allowed just nine goals in their last five games. Leading the attack in the win over the Preds was John Tavares, who had a natural hat trick in the 3rd period and now has nine goals on the year. Jordan Eberle also had a solid game as he scored, which were his first two goals of the year after scoring 20 for Edmonton last year. Also, scoring was Ryan Pulock, which was his 1st of the year. Grabbing the win against the Preds was Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 28 of the 30 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 4-2 with a 2.61 GAA on the year, including 2-0 with a 3.00 GAA at home. In his career, he has gone 126-72 with a 2.24 GAA in his home games and 33-21 with a 2.56 GAA during the month of October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 40-41 with a 2.38 GAA. This will be his first meeting with the Golden Knights.
The Islanders enter this contest ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 3.45 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots taken (30.5 spg) and 25th in power play conversions, converting on 13.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been rather average as they come in ranked 19th in goals allowed, giving up 3.09 gpg, while also ranking 24th in shots allowed (33.5 spg) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.0% of their chances.
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New York is:
- 8-1 in their last nine when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
- 21-9 in their last 30 Monday games
The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a great start, but their last six games have all come at home and now they are on the road and facing a New York team that is playing very well at the moment. The Islanders have won four of their last five games and their offense has been clicking of late as they have scored 23 goals over their last five games. The Knights have won both of their road games played this year, but we also note that one was against the Coyotes, who have yet to win a game this year. I look for the Knights to struggle some on this road trip and it starts with a loss at the Barclays Center tonight.