They do it up big in Vegas, and that certainly was the case when the Vegas Golden Knights made their NHL debut during the 2017-18 season. The Golden Knights didn’t just turn hockey on its ear, they rocked the entire sports world with their precedent-setting performance.
The first major league sports franchise to set up shop in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights dominated from the first drop of the puck. They became the first team in NHL history to start their inaugural season with wins in eight of their first nine games.
But that was just the appetizer. The Golden Knights set NHL marks for wins (51) and points (109) by a first-year expansion franchise. The won the Pacific Division title, the first time a first-year team had finished in first place since the 1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers. They were the first expansion team to make the Stanley Cup playoffs in their first season since the 1979-80 Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers.
Again, there was more. The Golden Knights charged through the playoffs and became the first team to reach the Stanley Cup final in their inaugural season since the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues. Unfortunately, like the Blues, who were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1968 final, Vegas fell in five games to the Washington Capitals.
Vegas rolled to the Cup final on the spectacular goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury and an explosive forward line of 43-goal scorer William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith. Not interested in being a one-hit wonder, the Golden Knights signed Paul Stastny as a free agent and traded for proven 30-goal scorer Max Pacioretty, who joined Alex Tuch to give Vegas two quality scoring lines.
Now the Golden Knights seek to emulate the 1925-26 Montreal Maroons and 1927-28 New York Rangers and win the Stanley Cup in their second NHL season. If you think Vegas can do that, why not place a Stanley Cup future book wager on the Golden Knights at Caesars Sport? It only seems appropriate to bet on the Golden Knights, the first major pro team in Las Vegas at the place that set the gold standard for sportsbooks.