The Vegas Golden Knights’ remarkable run through the playoffs continued with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday, giving them a 4-1 series victory in the Western Conference Final and sending them to the Stanley Cup Final.
They became the third NHL team to ever reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first season, but their accomplishment stands alone, as the 1967 St. Louis Blues only had to play other expansion teams ahead of the final and the 1918 Toronto Arenas were mostly expansion only in name, using plenty of players from their predecessor Toronto Blueshirts. In fact the Golden Knights’ run might be the most impressive accomplishment for an expansion team ever, and it certainly looks like the best from the four largest North American sports. But there’s one group in Vegas that may not be all that happy about this, and that’s the sports books.
Highest Stanley Cup odds on @GoldenKnights we had was 500/1 during preseason and before game 1 of the regular season ... 13 tickets ranging from $10 to $60— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) May 20, 2018
Single biggest @GoldenKNnights ticket liability for handful of #Vegas sportsbooks:@Westgate : $400 at 300:1....$120K@CGTechnology_ : $500 at 200:1....$100K@SouthPointLV : $400 at 150:1....$60K@GoldenNuggetLV : $250 at 200:1....$50K@WilliamHillUS : $1,000 at 50:1....$50K— Doug Kezirian (@DougESPN) May 20, 2018