The Vegas Golden Knights capped off their 6th straight win last night pouncing on the Anaheim Ducks for a 5-2 victory at the Honda Center. The victory put them even in points at 64 with the 1st place Colorado Avalanche who are sporting a higher .744 winning percentage. The Avalanche who have sat idle due to COVID issues are not slated to step back onto the ice until this Thursday. When their schedule resumes, the Avalanche will have 3 games in hand with two huge matchups with Vegas coming the last week of the month.
For Vegas, the 6 game streak culminates a surge after a bout of adversity for the team stretching back into March. Since going on a 5 game winning streak in the middle of last month, the Golden Knights largely played .500 hockey up until April 9th. That stretch included tough bitter losses to the Minnesota Wild and the team losing grip in the west division which was finally snapped thanks to the Arizona Coyotes surrendering 7 goals in a blowout victory for Vegas.
With Vegas now picking up where they left off before the tough stretch, this is the perfect time for the Golden Knights to strike at the top spot in the division. With Mark Stone extending another impressive point streak – this time a multipoint game streak at four, Max Pacioretty continuing to bury the puck since returning from injury, scoring from the depth players increasing and both Marc-Andre Fleury with Robin Lehner being the dynamic duo we expected, now more than at any point this season is Vegas cementing their name among the cup favorites.
The schedule in hand could easily have Vegas picking up another 3 wins to close out this week as they have two versus the now deflating San Jose sharks who have lost 5 straight after fighting to try and become a threat for the 4th spot along with one more game against the Ducks. Realistically the Golden Knights have 6 points well within reach right before the 2 game set with Colorado that could likely determine the division winner. Colorado on the other hand has 2 games with St. Louis who are desperately trying to stay afloat before the Vegas games. After, the final run is 4 straight against San Jose and 2 against Los Angeles. Not ideal for Vegas chances but that is where this upcoming set is vitally important for Vegas to wrap up. After the Colorado games, Vegas has 2 with Arizona, 2 with Minnesota who has been a tough opponent all season, 2 with St. Louis and finally San Jose.
The time for Vegas to strike at the heart of the division is now and there is no better way to do it than by burying a fierce rival in the San Jose Sharks.Embed from Getty Images