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The Vegas Golden Knights are the most profitable NHL bet since Y2K

When an expansion team comes into the NHL (or any professional sport), the first year out of the gate is usually painful to watch. But the Vegas Golden Knights have squashed that narrative and are currently the most profitable bet in the NHL.

But how do they rank historically?  According to OddsShark’s database, which dates back to the 1999-2000 season, through 43 games, Vegas ranks first in profit for bettors at $1819.90, making them the best bet in the NHL during that span. The team that is second in the same span is the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks at $1590.01. That occurred during the lockout year and it’s worth noting that the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup that season.

You may ask, “How is an expansion team achieving this success?” and while the answers may not be simple, one of the main reasons is how the Knights came together. During the expansion draft last June, Vegas was able to cherry-pick from every NHL roster for players who couldn’t be “protected” by their respective teams.

Players like Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Eric Haula and William Karlsson have paced this team in scoring and all have 15 goals or more. And they’ve gotten solid goaltending all season from Malcolm Subban and Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury, who missed a big chunk of time early in the season due to injury, has nine wins, a .943 save percentage and a 1.77 GAA, which if projected through an entire season would have him ranked first in each category.

Another reason for the Knights’ profitability has to be their performance at home. Their home-ice advantage has proven to be very rewarding for bettors as NHL players get used to visiting the city that never sleeps and recovering from the “Vegas Flu.” As a result, the Knights have been getting the drop on teams and are 18-4 SU through 22 home games. That stellar record has them at $1283.87 in home profit, which is the highest in OddsShark’s database as noted since 1999-2000.

On the road, Vegas isn’t nearly as successful in the standings at 11-10 SU but bettors have still seen a reward at $536.03, which makes the Knights the third most lucrative road team in the league this season.

All in all, fans and bettors are seeing something that may never be duplicated by an expansion team, or any team, for that matter. Will the Knights eventually regress and start blowing up in bettors’ faces? Maybe, but for now, it’s the gamblers’ turn to beat the house and leave Vegas with more than a hangover and explicit stories that can’t be shared in a public forum.