Golden Knights go from long shot to favorite to win Cup

The Vegas Golden Knights are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to the Westgate Sportsbook. That’s a stunning turnaround considering the NHL’s newest expansion team opened the season with 200-1 odds.

As of Wednesday, the Golden Knights are tied with the Nashville Predators with 4-1 odds.

Station Casinos in Las Vegas are among those trying to capitalize on the Golden Knights phenomenon, offering free bets on the team to casino loyalty members who come in to one of their establishments on April 23.

Of the 64 expansion teams among the four major U.S. sports leagues since 1960, no team posted a winning record in their first season — until Vegas.

The Golden Knights will face the winner of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks series in the next round. San Jose leads the series 3-0.

After tumbling to the ice, Couturier threw his stick against the boards in anger. He was assisted off the ice.

The Flyers trail the Penguins 2-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series. Couturier leads the team in postseason scoring with a goal and two assists.

Bryant has been stressing to Mitchell all season the importance of sprinting to the corner when he’s filling an outside line in transition, trying to break him of his habit of settling on the wing. That’s in large part because the corner 3 is a much more efficient shot, particularly for Mitchell, who made 48.5 percent of his attempts from the corners this season, compared to 32.5 percent of above-the-break 3s.

It’s also due to the impact on spacing, opening avenues for teammates by forcing a defender to account for Mitchell all the way into the corner.

“I know this might sound bad, but I hope that he misses those shots at the break,” Bryant says. “So I can be like, ‘The basketball gods are rewarding you for getting to the corner.'”jets_010

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