Vegas Golden Knights (8-3 SU, 8-3 PL, 7-4-0 O/U) vs Boston Bruins (4-6 SU, 3-7 PL, 6-4-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: TD Garden In Boston, Massachusetts
Lines: Boston -210/ Vegas +188
NHL hockey action on Thursday evening and the Pacific Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the Vegas Golden Knights duke it out with the Boston Bruins at TD Garden In Boston, Massachusetts. The Golden Knights enter this game off a 6-4 loss to the Rangers on the road, while the Bruins are off a 4-3 shootout loss in Columbus. Goalie Probables: Maxime Lagace may get the nod in this one for the Golden Knights and the Bruins will counter with Tuukka Rask.
Knights Lose Two In New York
The Vegas Golden Knights have gotten off to a good start in their first year in the league as they are 8-3 so far, but we also note that most of that was done at home and one of their road wins have come against the Coyotes, who have been pitiful. The Golden Knights have embarked on a six-game road trip, which started with two games in New York against the Islanders and Rangers. They lost both games and allowed six goals in each game. They have been dealing with injuries in the crease and it has shown up in their play in the crease of late. Maxime Lagace took the loss against the Rangers on Tuesday night. He stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced in the game and is now 0-2 with a 6.38 GAA in this his first year in the league. Oscar Dansk is injured at the moment and it is unclear if he will get the start in this one. Dansk is 3-0 with a 1.78 GAA on the year and if he can’t go then it is unclear who will get the start. It could be Lagace as Marc-Andre Fleury is still out. Dylan Ferguson was brought up on emergency recall from Kamloops. Scoring in the loss to the Rangers was Oscar Lindberg, which was his 5th of the year, Reilly Smith, who scored twice in the game and now has four on the year and David Perron, which was his 4th of the year and that goal came on a penalty shot.
The Golden Knights have been strong on offense so far as they rank 4th in the league in scoring at 3.73 gpg, while also ranking 27th in shots taken (29.8 spg) and 17th in power play conversions, converting on 17.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good as they come in ranked 10th in goals allowed, giving up 2.82 gpg, while also ranking 25th in shots allowed (33.6 spg) and 19th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.5% of their chances.
Bruins Fall To Columbus In Shootout
The Boston Bruins are still looking to find their footing in the early part of the year. They are now 4-6 on the year, after taking tough one-goal losses to the Kings at home and the Blue Jackets on the road. They have yet to win BB games and are currently in 5th place in the Atlantic Division. In their last game, they fell to the Blue Jackets on the road by a score of 4-3 in a game that went to a shootout. The Bruins did fall behind 3-0 in the game, before fighting back to tie it. They eventually lost in a shootout. Scoring in the loss was Patrice Bergeron, which was his 2nd of the year, Torey Krug, which was his 2nd of the year and Brad Marchand, which was his team-leading 8th of the year. Taking the loss against the Blue Jackets was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 29 of the 32 shots that he faced. Rask has struggled this year as he is now 1-5 with a 2.93 GAA and a .896 save percentage on the year overall, including 1-2 with a 2.60 GAA and a .901 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 113-88 with a 2.11 GAA in his home games and 38-25 with a 2.05 GAA during the month of November, plus he has gone 26-26 with a 2.52 GAA against the Pacific Division. He faced the Golden Knights in Vegas earlier in the year and he stopped 23 of the 25 shots that he faced but lost the game by a score of 3-1.
Boston has been average on offense so far as they rank 16th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots taken (29.4 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 28.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been below average as they come in ranked 22nd in goals allowed, giving up 3.20 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots allowed (31.6 spg) and 5th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 14.6% of their chances.
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- 10-4 in their last 14 vs. the Pacific
- 15-6 in their last 21 vs. the Western Conference
The Vegas Golden Knights have gotten off to a solid start in this their first year in the league, while the Bruins have started slow out the gate. The Knights are dealing with injuries in the crease and they have allowed six goals in each of their first two games of this trip, That should allow this Boston offense to have a good game. They have been very average this year on offense, but I look for them to break out in this game. The Knights have been good on offense so far and Rask has struggled, but he also played very well in his first meeting with the Knights. Look for Boston to grab a much-needed win in this one and an easy win at that.