Vegas Golden Knights Games’ Odds

Vegas Golden Knights

Kevin Stott

Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:31 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 4:31 PM GMT

The puck drops on the 2017-18 NHL Regular Season next month on October 4 and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook already has odds posted on the expansion Vegas Golden Knights first overall odds.

Expansion Golden Knights a Very Welcome Franchise in a Bet-Heavy Market Starving For Pro Sports

Las Vegas was the largest US city without a major professional sports team before the Vegas Golden Knights officially joined the NHL. To land the new NHL franchise, Las Vegas needed to get at least 24 of the NHL’s 30 existing owners to vote in favor of adding a new team and it ended up being an open-netter, with Vegas receiving a unanimous 30-0 vote. The international tourist destination and gambling-heavy city had just opened the beautiful new T-Mobile Arena—built specifically for a hockey team—just west of the Las Vegas Strip—a little more than two months earlier on April 6.

Here are fresh 2017-18 Stanley Cup odds from online sportsbook Bovada, lines for the team’s first game overall as well as its first Home game, the Golden Knights Regular Season Point Total and a Yes-No Playoffs Prop bet for the new team in town along with the current Vegas Golden Knights Roster and some picks and analysis on how they might fare and whether or not this expansion team might to in that Regular Season Team Total Points marketplace. It’s time to lace up the skates and prepare to lose a tooth or three.

Odds For First Vegas Knights Game (Friday, October 6, Road)

Money Line: DALLAS STARS -250 Vegas Golden Knights +220

Total: 5½u -120

Puck Line: DAL -1½ +115, VEGAS +1½ -135

Start Time: 8:35 pm ET/5:35 pm PT

Site: American Airlines Center, Dallas

 

Odds For First Vegas Knights Home Game (Tuesday, October 10)

Money Line: VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS -105 Phoenix Coyotes -105

Total: 5o -120

Puck Line: VEGAS -1½ +270, PHX +1½ -230

Start Time: 10:05 pm ET/7:35 pm PT

Site: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

 

Odds to Win 2017-18 Stanley Cup—(September 14, Bovada)

Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1

Edmonton Oilers 9/1

Chicago Blackhawks 12/1

Dallas Stars 12/1

Anaheim Ducks 14/1

Nashville Predators 14/1

Tampa Bay Lightning 14/1

Toronto Maple Leafs 14/1

Washington Capitals 14/1

Minnesota Wild 18/1

New York Rangers 18/1

Columbus Blue Jackets 20/1

Montréal Canadiens 20/1

Los Angeles Kings 22/1

Boston Bruins 25/1

Calgary Flames 25/1

San José Sharks 25/1

St. Louis Blues 28/1

Florida Panthers 40/1

Ottawa Senators 40/1

New York Islanders 50/1

Philadelphia Flyers 50/1

Winnipeg Jets 50/1

Buffalo Sabres 66/1

Carolina Hurricanes 66/1

Arizona Coyotes 100/1

Colorado Avalanche 100/1

Detroit Red Wings 100/1

New Jersey Devils 100/1

Vancouver Canucks 100/1

Vegas Golden Knights 100/1

 

The 2017-18 NHL Expansion (Not Las) Vegas Golden Knights Current Roster

The Vegas Knights Roster has few big names that most would even recognize, but General Manager George McPhee is building a team for that far-off thing called The Future and has drafted and signed a nice blend of young and old players for Head Coach Gerard Gallant with a majority of left-handed shooters on the current Roster. In the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft (June 16), held specifically for Vegas to start its new Hockey team by taking one unprotected player from each of the NHL’s other 30 teams—24 in the United States now and 7 in Canada—and announced during this year’s NHL Awards (annually held in Las Vegas), Vegas (100/1 to win Western Conference, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) took backup Goalie Calvin Pickard from the Colorado Avalanche (50/1 to win Western Conference, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) with its’ No. 1 pick. Teams were allowed to protect 7 Forwards, 3 Defensemen and one Goaltender on their Rosters. Vegas also was helped by the reality of concessions from other teams for not draft a specific players or players from their unprotected list. Then, just days later in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (June 23-24), the Golden Knights selected Forward Cody Glass with the No. 6 overall pick and some shape started to form. Here is the current Vegas Golden Knights Roster:

Goaltenders—Marc-André Fleury, Calvin Pickard

Defense—Jake Bischoff, Eric Brannstrom, Deryk Engelland, Jason Garrison, Nicolas Hague, Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill, Colin Miller, Griffin Reinhart, Luca Sbisa, Nate Schmidt, Clayton Stoner, Shea Theodore

Left Wings—William Carrier, Nikita Gusev, Erik Haula, Brendan Leipsic, James Neal, David Perron, Teemu Pulkkinen.

Right Wings—Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Keegan Kolesar, Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch

Centers—Cody Eakin, Cody Glass, Mikhail Grabovski, William Karlsson, Jake Leschyshyn, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, Tomáš Nosek, Vadim Shipachyov, Nick Suzuki

 

Playing in the Western Conference Will Likely be Hard For Vegas For At Least the Immediate Future

Even with great ownership, a seemingly solid core fan base and a fantastic facility in which to start it all in the T-Mobile Center, there are sure to be growing pains for Vegas Head Coach Gallant and this team. Especially playing in the rugged Western Conference. But Golden Knights management knows that and patience will be an expected part of the process. So, when will the Pacific Division-member Golden Knights be favorites in a Regular Season game? The -105 opener for both the Golden Knights and the Coyotes at the NHL Odds for the Home opener on Tuesday, Oct. 10. doesn’t really qualify, although there will no doubt sentimentally be a lot bet on Vegas in that first game. Probably driving the line up to the -120 to -130 range making the hosts the public’s favorite in that spot but not necessarily the sportsbooks’ nor oddsmakers’.

The Golden Knights also will have a group of players who have never played together on the same team in a new building with now real Home-ice advantage yet. Like in all other professional sports, Vegas’s Opponents will expect to “steal a win” on the Road in Las Vegas and it may take some time for this team to have a winning record at Home.

The puck for the 2017 NHL Preseason actually drops this coming weekend with the Golden Knights at Vancouver on Sunday, Sept. 17, and Vegas will play its first four Preseason skates all on the Road before returning home to the Silver State and hosting the Kings (9/26), the Avalanche (9/28) and the Sharks (10/1) to wrap up the Preseason. The 82-game 2017-18 NHL Regular Season will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 4 with four games on the Opening Night schedule and the NHL Regular Season will wrap up on Saturday, April 7, 2018 with 2017-18 NHL Playoffs starting on Tuesday, April 10.

NHL GOLDEN KNIGHTS OPENER PICK: Dallas Stars -250 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS TEAM TOTAL POINTS FUTURES BOOK PICK: Under 68½ (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)

NHL 2017-18 STANLEY CUP FUTURES BOOK PICK: Pittsburgh Penguins +850 (WagerWeb)

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