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Posted at 1:45 PM EST.
10:00 PM EST. OT included. Antti Raanta is the hottest goaltender in the league, and as long as the market continues to give little fanfare to the Coyotes, we will continue to back him at inflated prices like this. Raanta is on one of those heaters where it doesn't look like anything is going to get past him, which makes these Desert Dogs a very live pooch. After his shutout against Stanley Cup favorites Tampa, Raanta said, "Everybody was dialed in today to play the game. That's a really good thing. That's how we have been playing almost all of 2018." He speaks the truth, as the 'Yotes have been trending in the right direction for weeks and so has Raanta.
The Golden Knights made history two nights ago when they became the first team to make the playoffs in its inaugural season in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68. Vegas has been the talk for the league since opening night going from nice story to legit Cup contenders all in a six-month span. Everything the Knights have touched has turned to gold, and there are very few chinks in their armor, but after securing that coveted playoff spot, this might be a night when they can finally take a breather with unassuming Arizona coming to town. The Knights were once seemingly invincible at home, but have dropped two of their last five at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas has also been outshot in four of its last six games including 44-25 to the Sharks and 42-31 to Calgary in what looked like an easy 4-0 home win in the box score, but superior goaltending ruled the day as is usually the case.
That's what makes spotting a huge price like this against a goalie as hot as Raanta so dangerous. Arizona has been cashing tickets lately and they continue to be grossly underpriced with the hottest goalie in the league. They now catch the Knights in a beautiful letdown spot after that playoff-clinching win and after the media has been feeding the Knights’ players with praise for being the greatest expansion team in the history of sports.
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Arizona +201 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 4.02)