Vegas wins home opener

11 October 2017 06:20:55 EST
James Neal

The Vegas Golden Knights made it three consecutive wins to open their franchise history on Tuesday evening with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

James Neal had two more goals as Vegas stormed to a four-goal advantage in the first period, chasing Arizona netminder Antti Raanta after Neal's first, and the Knights third, went in at 6:15 of the frame.

The Coyotes would ultimately outshot their hosts over the course of the game, but it was too little too late following the early barrage.

Top of the Pacific Division the Knights will continue their seven-game home stand against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

There will no doubt be more downs than ups for Vegas in their first year in the league, but the Knights are being rewarded for a strong expansion draft.

Second and third in the Division meet on Wednesday when the Calgary Flames take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Calgary makes the short trip up from Anaheim where they defeated the Ducks while the Kings have eased past the Philadelphia Flyers and the San Jose Sharks.

Over in the Central Division the St. Louis Blues, 17/10 to win the title, have four victories in four outings to join the Maple Leafs, Devils, Golden Knights and the Kings as the only remaining undefeated teams.

Goals from Carl Gunnarsson and Brayden Schenn were all the support that Carter Hutton would need as the Blues would ultimately defeat the Rangers 3-1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Blues are 4/1 to win the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars 23/2 and the Chicago Blackhawks priced at 10/1.

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