Are the Vegas Golden Knights Finally Heating Up?
The Vegas Golden Knights took down the New York Rangers by a score of 4-1 on the road on Monday night. Because of it, Vegas has won their last three games and it appears as if they are heating up.
At the moment, the Golden Knights are currently in third place in the Pacific Division so far this season. Their record so far this season is 14-11-4 with 32 points. This team has scored 87 goals and they have given up 82 goals so far this season.
Vegas is currently two points back of the Arizona Coyotes for the second spot in the Pacific Division. The Vegas Golden Knights are five points back of the Edmonton Oilers for first place in the Pacific Division.
This division will be tight throughout the entire NHL season. As of right now, they would have at least four teams in the postseason if the season ended today.
The San Jose Sharks are only one point back of Vegas right now. San Jose had a horrendous start to the regular season. The Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames are only two points back of the Vegas Golden Knights as well.
The Anaheim Ducks are only four points back and the Los Angeles Kings are only eight points back. There will be a ton of maneuvering in the standings for the rest of the season. It will be interesting to see what happens because this is supposedly the weakest division in the NHL.
That is what I thought heading into the season. I am not surprised that Vegas is very good once again this season. They are in their third season as an NHL franchise.
The Vegas Golden Knights are looking for their first Stanley Cup Title in franchise history. They got to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season. Vegas played the Washington Capitals and they lost in five games that season.
The Golden Knights were the number three seed last year in the Pacific Division. Vegas lost to the San Jose Sharks in the first round last season. The Vegas Golden Knights blew a 3-1 series lead that year. They should have won Game 7. Vegas was up 3-0 late in the third period and they were called for a phantom major penalty call. San Jose won that game 5-4 in overtime.
Max Pacioretty leads the team with 26 points so far this season. He has scored 10 goals and has recorded 16 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 2.
Mark Stone and William Karlsson each have recorded 24 points so far this season. Stone has scored 11 goals and has recorded 13 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -3. Karlsson has scored eight goals and he has recorded 16 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 6.
Reilly Smith has scored 12 goals and has recorded eight assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 6.
Jonathan Marchessault has scored five goals and has recorded 13 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -5.
Paul Stastny and Shea Theodore each have recorded 12 points so far this season. Stastny has scored eight goals and has recorded four assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -6. Theodore has scored three goals and has recorded nine assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -2.
Nate Schmidt has appeared in 17 games so far this season. His plus/minus rating is even.
Cody Glass has scored four goals and has recorded six assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -7.
Alex Tuch has only appeared in 12 games so far this season. He has scored four goals and has recorded one assist so far this season. His plus/minus is -5.
Marc-Andre Fleury is currently out right now due to personal leave. He has appeared in 20 games so far this season. Fleury’s record so far this season is 11-6-2 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.54 GAA, along with two shutouts.
Malcolm Subban has appeared in nine games so far this season. His record is 3-4 with a .908 save percentage and a 2.84 GAA.
Garret Sparks appeared in one game so far this season. He was pulled from the game. His save percentage in the game was .857 with a 4.44 GAA.
It will be interesting to see how well this team plays for the rest of the season. Gerard Gallant has been a really good head coach so far this season. His record speaks for itself. This team could go on a run, but it will be interesting to see what happens with this team in the long run.
The Vegas Golden Knights have the talent to make a Stanley Cup Title run. The fortunate thing for them is that the Western Conference isn’t as strong as the Eastern Conference. This is also one of the most talented teams in the NHL.
On Monday, this team also acquired forward Chandler Stephenson from the Washington Capitals for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. Stephenson is 25 years old.
In 24 games played so far this season, he has scored three goals and has recorded one assist. His plus/minus is 5.
It finally appears as if this team is finally heating up and their next game will be on the road against a struggling New Jersey Devils team on Tuesday night.
Are the Vegas Golden Knights a playoff team? Can they build momentum like a couple of years ago? Leave a comment below.
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