Vegas Golden Knights 2020 NHL Season Analysis
Things were looking really good for the Vegas Golden Knights. Fans were filling the seats, and the team was winning games. Vegas got better at the trade deadline with Robin Lehner coming over to help between the pipes. The Golden Knights had 86 points, in 71 games, which was third in the Western Conference. Only St. Louis and Colorado were ahead of them. The Golden Knights held a 3 point lead in the Pacific Division over Edmonton. Then, the season came to a halt, and continuing the season seems less and less likely. Let’s take a look at the Vegas Golden Knights 2020 Season Analysis with their Stanley Cup Odds.
Vegas Golden Knights 2020 Season Analysis
Shots Kept Coming from Vegas
The Golden Knights did many things really well, but shots on the net was at the top. Vegas led all National Hockey League teams with 34.5 shots per game. The power play unit was one of the best in the league as well, scoring on 22% of their chances, while they averaged 3.15 goals per game.
Vegas saw two guys record 60+ points on the season. Max Pacioretty played in all 71 games, and scored 32 goals and dished out 34 assists, while Mark Stone was second on the team with 63 points. Those two guys were also deadly on the power play unit, with a combined 14 goals for the Golden Knights.
Lehner Standing Tall
Robin Lehner came over at the trade deadline for Chicago, and was standing tall in net for Vegas. He won his first three starts, with wins over the Sabres, Devils and Flames. In those three games, he recorded 83 saves. He was a big help for Marc-Andre Fluery, who recorded 48 starts this season, with 27 wins on the season.
Defensively, the Golden Knights ranked 13th in the league, allowing 2.94 goals per game. The penalty kill was not great for Vegas, killing off 76.6% of their chances. Vegas ranked 13th in the league with 8 penalty minutes per game. In the Golden Knights three wins before the break, they allowed opponents to score 5 total goals, in the two losses before the break, Vegas allowed 4 goals per game.
Betting Odds to win the Cup
The Vegas Golden Knights, in their third season in the National Hockey League had a great chance to win the cup in 2020. While the Golden Knights went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018, and got back to the postseason in 2019 – many felt this years team was most equipped to take it down. Vegas was tied with Tampa Bay for the second best odds to win the cup. The Golden Knights had the best odds in the Western Conference, at +700. That’s better than Colorado at +800 and Philadelphia and St. Louis at +900. Only Boston had better odds.
Vegas saw an interesting end to the 2020 season. The Golden Knights had two tough games on the road coming up at Minnesota and Colorado, before a home game against Dallas. Then a trip to Arizona would come before a trio of home games against Detroit, Vancouver and Arizona. Vegas would finish the season at Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.