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10:00 PM EST. OT included. The Knights come into this game with a 4-1 record and now they’re favored because of that record. What that record doesn’t say is that when the Knights defeated Dallas in their season opener, they were running around for 60 minutes while allowing 46 shots on net. Two of their first four wins have come against the winless Coyotes and another win came against the rookie loaded Bruins. The Bruins managed just 22 shots on Malcolm Subban on Sunday but Subban, who starts again tonight and was claimed off waivers from the Bruins on Oct. 3, was making just the third start of his NHL career after compiling a 0-2 record and a 5.82 goals-against average with the Bruins. No expansion team in any of the major sports has ever started 3-0 or 5-1. The Las Vegas Golden Knights deserve credit for riding a wave of emotion into a strong start but it’s not going to last. While we may consider getting behind this team when they’re a significant dog, they must be faded when favored because that’s where the value lies, as they are going to lose far more games than they’re going to win when it’s all said and done. This is likely one of those.The first win is sometimes the hardest and now that the Sabres are finally on the board, a big weight has come off their shoulders. Buffalo was 0-5 heading into Anaheim on Sunday. They beat the Ducks 3-1 and can now get back to playing some hockey. We were high on the Sabres most of
The first win is sometimes the hardest and now that the Sabres are finally on the board, a big weight has come off their shoulders. Buffalo was 0-5 heading into Anaheim on Sunday. They beat the Ducks 3-1 and can now get back to playing some hockey. We were high on the Sabres most of last year and are high on them this year.
The young core of players ---Sam Reinhart, Zemgus Girgensons, and Rasmus Ristolainen—are heading into their third, fourth, and fifth years in the league and they should start playing with more intelligence and consistency. Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane, and standout center Ryan O’Reilly are still on the roster. Marco Scandella, a solid defenseman and former Buffalo legend Jason Pominville joined the team in a trade when Botterill shipped longtime Sabres Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis off to Minnesota. And then there’s Jack Eichel, who’s entering his third season after a second that was unfortunately truncated by a high ankle sprain. (He returned after missing the first two months of the season and managed to lead the team in scoring anyway.) This guy is good—a player with sick hands and sneaky speed whose skills transcend the eye test. The Sabres biggest problem this year has been weak goaltending but they rank 12th in puck possession time in the offensive end and should own that advantage here. Again, that first win is big and now a relaxed Buffalo team that gets Kyle Okposo back is wrongly being billed as the underdog here.
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