Vegas Golden Knights (0-1-0) at Minnesota Wild (0-1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 6, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -121 / Vegas Golden Knights -107 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Las Vegas Golden Knights look to shake off their sloppy season opener as they take to the road to battle the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
The Golden Knights are coming off a dream inaugural season where they defied the odds and skated all the way to the Stanley Cup final before ultimately bowing out to the Washington Capitals in five games. However, the Knights are on track for another strong season this year as they added some key pieces in the offseason in the form of Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny and if Marc-Andre Fleury can replicate his effort from a season ago they should be in great shape in the Pacific division despite an ugly debut against the Flyers on Thursday night. Fleury is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Devan Dubnyk who will look to give the Wild a spark after their dropped their season opener against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Wild head into the season with a veteran laden roster and are hoping the experience of this group will be enough to send them on a lengthy playoff push. Zach Parise, Charlie Coyle, and Mikael Granlund are leading the offense and Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon are anchoring the blue line for a group that is capable of doing some damage in the Western Conference but face a tough task on Saturday against a scrappy Knights side that will be out to prove last season was not a fluke. Minnesota was among the league’s best home teams a season ago and are 23-10 in their last 33 games at The X but Las Vegas has been excellent against the Central division winning four straight contests.
The Knights are winless in five games dating back to last season and have gone under in six of their last seven road games while the Wild are 15-5 in their last 20 following a loss of three or more goals and have gone under in five of their last six. Fleury and Dubnyk will steal the show here in a game that cashes in under the total.