Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Friday October 26th, 6:00 pm Eastern Time
The Tampa Bay Lightning head west for a tough Friday night showdown against the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.
The Vegas Golden Knights rarely lost at home last season and they have shown how difficult it is for opposing teams to travel to T-Mobile Arena early on in the current campaign as well. After they lost their home opener in the first game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers, they won the next two consecutive matches in their own building beating the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks.
Despite recently signing a new seven-year extension to stay in Vegas, forward Alex Tuch isn’t expected to be back in the line-up anytime soon and will likely be forced to miss this one as well. A crucial part of the team that reached the Stanley Cup final a year ago, Tuch has missed the entire start of the season due to injury. Even with Tuch out though, Vegas have a big advantage coming into the game against the Lightning as they won’t have to play the next night like their opponents will.
It’s never easy going to Las Vegas and it’s even more difficult when you’re playing a back-to-back. Following their trip to Nevada, Tampa Bay head to Arizona to play the Coyotes the following night. However, starting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy should still get the start against the Golden Knights as the 24-year-old usually features in the first game of a back-to-back as opposed to the second. The netminder posted an impressive 44 wins last season and will need to be at his best if the visitors have any chance of escaping the dessert with two points.
- Vegas Golden Knights win
The Tampa Bay Lightning are unquestionably a favourite to win the Stanely Cup, but they lost twice to the Golden Knights last season and with Vegas’ stellar record at the T-Mobile Arena expect the home side to get the job done.
- Under 6 goals
This game should prove to be a tightly contested battle, with neither team wanting to slip up. As a result, we could see a low scoring affair – especially if Vasilevskly gets the start for the Lightning as expected.
Head to Head
The Golden Knights won both their games against the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.
- Only two teams in the entire NHL won more home games than the Vegas Golden Knights did last season.
- With his win against the Anaheim Ducks, Marc-Andre Fleury became the third active goalie to crack the league’s top 10 all-time win list, with Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist also in the history books. He now has an incredible 408 career wins.
- Steven Stamkos is the third player in Tampa Bay franchise history to score at least 50 game-winning goals, joining Martin St. Louis (64) and Vincent Lecavalier (60).