The Vegas Golden Knights made a surprising run to the Pacific Division Title and by doing so the Golden Knights created one of the best stories in hockey during the regular season. Will the Vegas Golden Knights be able to continue their eye opening season as they venture towards the Stanley Cup?
The Golden Knights are 51-24-7 and host the Los Angeles Kings who are 45-29-8 in the first round of the best of seven series on Wednesday night at the T-Mobile Arena.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Golden Knights are facing a veteran Kings teams who has won the Stanley Cup on two occasions in the past seven years. But the Golden Knights have Marc Andre Fleury who has a record of 29-13-4 with a 2.24 goals against average. Fleury was a key contributor to the Pittsburgh Penguins during their three stints playing for the Stanley Cup which include the last two seasons. The Golden Knights also have a key veteran on offense in forward James Neal, who was with the Nashville Predators last season during their run in the playoffs.
Both Fleury and Neal will need to take on the leadership that the Golden Knights will need if they want a chance at the Stanley Cup.
The Golden Knights have worked all year to get to where they are now and a lot of that success came from James Neal who had 25 goals in the season.
Vegas was 29-10-2 at home this season and were able to sell out nearly every home game.
Key to a Knights Victory:
If the Golden Knights can get the home crowd behind them and continue to dominate both moving the puck and scoring than you can expect the Golden Knights can make a deep run during the team’s first season in the league.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
The Kings not only split the regular season series with the Golden Knights but they won two key back-to-back matchups in February.
Those wins came from a Dustin Brown’s power-play goal after Kopitar was able to tie the game with 10.8 seconds remaining and then traveled to T-Mobile Arena and an eye opening 4-1 victory.
The Kings will need to figure out a way to play aggressive enough to force turnovers as they attempt to slow down a fast paced Golden Knights team.
Key to a Kings Victory:
The Kings need to play physical tonight against the Golden Knights if they want a hot start in the series. The Kings are a top team in regards to penalty kills and goals against. Not to mention, they have Johnathan Quick, who continues to dominate in the net with a 2.4 goals against average. If the Kings can continue to apply pressure and play tough physical hockey each in every possession then they may be able to win the game and move on.
Golden Knights take Game 1 and beat the Kings 3-2