The Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season has been nothing short of amazing. Not just for the newly formed fanbase but for the hockey community in general. Not many expected the team to compete for a wild-card spot, let alone a Pacific Division title. Vegas totaled 109 points in the regular season. Good for third in the West behind Nashville and Winnipeg.
The great regular season was rewarded with a tough first-round draw against Los Angeles Kings. Once again, many doubted the Knights, including the one writing these very words. But once again, they have proven everyone wrong as they are on the verge of sweeping the Kings. A would-be first for an expansion team.
All three wins for the Golden Knights, including the first two at home, have been one-goal games. Game two needed overtime for it to be decided, a 2-1 finish. Despite only having six goals through two games, Vegas has benefitted from balanced scoring. Six different players have scored a goal in the first three games and nine different players have recorded an assist.
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William Karlsson and Erik Haula (one and two on the team in goals during the regular season) have a goal apiece. Reilly Smith has yet to reach the back of the net but has two assists thus far. And Marc-Andre Fleury has been, well, great. The three-time Cup winner has been nothing short of stellar between the pipes for the Golden Knights. Fleury has stopped 96-of-99 shots through 9+ periods for .970 save percentage and 0.84 goals against average. Simply put, the Kings will need to figure out a way to solve Fleury before they can even consider a comeback.
When the puck drops Tuesday night, Vegas will see quite a surge from the Kings. Los Angeles still has several key players from their recent Stanley Cup Championships and will not go quietly. With the said, Vegas has handled every surge throughout the entire season and through the first week of the playoffs. It makes no sense to doubt them now.