Preds are favorites, but sportsbooks worry about Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights are the team that Las Vegas bookmakers are most worried about entering the Stanley Cup playoffs, but despite an amazing inaugural season, the Golden Knights aren’t the favorite.

That distinction belongs to the Nashville Predators, who led the NHL in regular-season points with an impressive 117. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened them at 4-1 to hoist the trophy on Monday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1) and Pittsburgh Penguins (7-1) have the next-best odds, followed by the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets at 8-1. The Penguins opened the season with the best odds (7-1) at Westgate.

The New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche are the biggest long shots at 40-1.

Slugger Chris Davis, who’s off to a miserable start, cracked the bat over his knee after striking out in the sixth. He later was thrown out trying to bunt against the shift during an 0-for-4 performance that lowered his batting average to .088.

Blue Jays: 1B Kendrys Morales strained his right hamstring running out a single and was removed for a pinch runner in the second inning. Gibbons did not expect Morales to land on the disabled list. … OF Anthony Alford (hamstring) has started his rehab in Florida, where he is expected to remain for a few days before likely heading to Triple-A Buffalo, Gibbons said.

Witten’s contract runs through 2021.

The Morning News noted that the team also added a few free-agent pieces this week, signing wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

It’s unclear whether the Cowboys will continue to try and create space, but linebacker Sean Lee’s contract could be another target and offensive tackle Tyron Smith’s could be a “last resort,” The Morning News reported earlier in the offseason.

The shooting touch was missing Monday, when Orlando was just 5 of 24 from behind the arc.

The Magic couldn’t make up for the misses on the defensive end, especially in the third quarter.buccaneers_011

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