The 2021-22 NHL Season is upon us and we’re taking a look at some of our best bets including teams and players to watch out for in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup. That includes the Vegas Golden Knights who again are searching for their first Stanley Cup.
Pacific Division Champion
For the 4th year in a row, the Golden Knights are a heavy favorite to win the Pacific and rightfully so. Arguably the weakest division in the league, the Pacific only has one dark horse candidate who can challenge Vegas on paper, and at -250, betting the favorite just isn’t an option. Edmonton has the second shortest odds at a distant +500. They had a strong regular season last year but were swept in the first round of the playoffs by Winnipeg. The tandem of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl is as good as any in the league and McDavid is a contender for the Hart Memorial Trophy every year, having already won in 2017 and 2021. Take the value on Edmonton with this one.
Pick: Oilers (+500)
Golden Knights Point Total 106.5
Shockingly this is the highest point total ever for Vegas, beating out the 105.5 point total set in 2018-19 that came off the heels of a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. The Golden Knights loss of Marc-Andre Fleury hurts the depth at goalie which helped them be so successful the past two years with back-to-back Conference Finals appearances. The team still has lingering salary cap issues and Mark Stone has missed 44 games the past two seasons. Vegas is still poised to have a successful season but would have to stay incredibly healthy to get to 108 points. The number is just too high to be comfortable betting the over.
Pick: Under 106.5 (-110)
Hart Memorial Trophy
Nathan MacKinnon and Connor McDavid are the favorites for the Hart at +700 and +400, respectively, but a player hasn’t won back-to-back Hart trophies since Alex Ovechkin in 2008 and 2009. MacKinnon has been a finalist for the trophy in 3 of the past 4 years but the value lies in Auston Mathews at +1200. Last year, he was Toronto’s first Hart finalist since Doug Gilmour in 1993 and had a healthy amount of supporters in the Great White North who thought he would have beat out McDavid to win the trophy. At just 24 years old and a career-high 66 points last season, the #1 pick from 2016 seems poised to win the Hart Trophy.
Pick: Auston Mathews (+1200)
Vegas Golden Knights vs Seattle Kraken
Odds are already available for the opening day slate of hockey but all eyes will be on T-Mobile Arena as the Golden Knights welcome the Kraken to the league. Vegas comes in as heavy favorites as expected at -220 with Seattle pinned at +190. Chris Dreidger will likely get the start at goalie for Seattle after being a backup for the Florida Panthers last season, with a solid .927 save percentage in 23 appearances. The offensive power of the Golden Knights, however, should overwhelm a Seattle defense led by Mark Giordano and Jamie Oleksiak.
Pick: Golden Knights -1.5 (+110)