Can Vegas Spoil Fleury’s Return? Golden Knights vs Blackhawks Odds and Prediction

David Stepanian
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Perhaps the most anticipated game of the season for Golden Knight fans is upon us as Marc-Andre Fleury makes his long-awaited return to the Fortress as the struggling Blackhawks look to end a 6-game losing streak at T-Mobile Arena. The defending Vezina Trophy winner is allowing 3.02 goals per game this season, the second highest in his career behind his rookie year, and the Blackhawks are averaging just 2.3 goals per game, which is in the bottom five of the league. Vegas on the other hand looked like the Stanley Cup favorite many thought they’d be, defeating the Rangers 5-1 on the strength of two goals from Jonathan Marchessault on Thursday. They’ll look to continue turning things around after back-to-back losses against Winnipeg and Nashville, though Vegas still owns the most points in the Western Conference heading into this matchup.

All eyes will undoubtedly be on Marc-Andre Fleury as reunion week comes to a close for Vegas. Nate Schmidt and Paul Stastny helped Winnipeg earn a victory at the Fortress on Sunday and former coach Gerard Gallant and defenseman Ryan Reaves received standing ovations when Vegas hosted the Rangers on Thursday. A tribute video will be played during the game to welcome back the fan-favorite netminder. When asked about facing his former goalie, Jonathan Marchessault stated, “He built this city. He built sports in this city. He’s the one who made us successful. I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it.”

The Golden Knights have looked brilliant during this homestand outside the two losses and their level of play peaked in their previous game against New York. With Mark Stone and Robin Leihner returning, Chicago will have to dig deep to find an answer for the Vegas attack and the team’s leading scorer, Patrick Kane, struggled when these teams last met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Make no mistake, this game will be all about Fleury’s return to the place he helped build, but Vegas has the weapons to make it a long night for Flower.

Pick: Golden Knights (-220) and UNDER 6