Vegas open road trip in New Jersey

04 March 2018 13:51:49 EST

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to avoid their first four-game losing streak in franchise history on Sunday when they play the New Jersey Devils in Newark.

It's the opening contest of a five-game road swing for the Pacific Division leaders who will carry on to play the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers over the next nine days before heading home to host, coincidently, the Devils at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights still lead the San Jose Sharks by eight points in the standings and have a game in hand as they push towards clinching a post-season place.

The Sharks, 50/1 to win the Pacific Division, are also back on the ice at the SAP Center in San Jose when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday evening.

Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks was the biggest offensive output of the season for the Sharks and their 12 goals scored over the past two games since Evander Kane joined the side is their best mark in back-to-back contests all season.

The St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings will follow the Blue Jackets into town. San Jose has 17 remaining games in the regular campaign and plays 10 of them at the SAP Center with seven on the road.

By contrast the Golden Knights play 10 of 18 away from Las Vegas down the stretch and while no one is expecting the Sharks to catch Vegas, the gap could well narrow before the season is done.

The Golden Knights are 27/20 to win the Western Conference with the Sharks 4999/1 and the Dallas Stars priced at 6000/1.

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