The newest franchise in the National Hockey League have begun the 2017-18 season in perfect fashion. The Vegas Golden Knights’ surprising 2-0 start has also been a coup for Las Vegas sportsbooks according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Updated (October 9, 2017).
Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported today “Locals are betting on them, but the sharps are betting against them. They got their ass kicked,” Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller said. “We won on the first two games, thank God.”
Dewey also wrote “The Knights cashed as plus-200 underdogs in Friday’s season-opening 2-1 win at Dallas and cashed as plus-160 underdogs in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Arizona.”
“You had an expansion team against a Dallas team most people think will be among the top teams in the league and having to travel back-to-back nights,” Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito said. “Anytime you can get an expansion team to win back-to-back games on the road, you have to be impressed. But it’s a long season and you can’t get overly optimistic yet. Esposito said the action on the Knights’ first two games was about four times as much as the rest of the hockey games on the card.”
The Knights opened as minus-115 favorites over the Coyotes in Tuesday’s home opener at T-Mobile Arena. The total is 5½ goals (Under minus-130).
“We expect to see some backing (for the Knights) in the home opener,” Esposito told Dewey. Station Casinos plans to post prop bets on each Knights game that will be available mid-afternoon on game days. Props will include player to score the first goal, total goals scored by each team, score in the first 10 minutes of the game, margin of victory and more.
“Anything that will create 60 minutes of hockey fun for bettors,” Esposito said. “We’ll expand the menu, too.”
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Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending October 8th, 2017.
Ovechkin led for the League in goals and points (7-0-7) as the Capitals opened the season with two victories.
Additionally, Fleury went 2-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage in the team’s first two games. The Golden Knights opened the season with two victories. Fleury began the week by making 45 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Fluery also stopped 27 shots in a 2-1 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes, giving him 377 career victories. The 377 career wins is good for 15th on the all-time NHL wins list.
In conclusion, Simmonds tied for second in the League in goals with four (4-0-4). Of the four goals two were game-winners. The Flyers began the season with two victories in three starts on the road.
Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Updated (October 9, 2017).