Countdown for Vegas Golden Knights hockey quickly approaching
September 14, 2017 9:35 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
The countdown for Vegas Golden Knights hockey is quickly approaching, but not just yet.
Following three days of rookie sessions contests host by the Los Angeles Kings earlier in the week, the Golden Knights full roster will hit the ice for their first-ever exhibition game at Vancouver against the Canucks. Faceoff is slated for 2 p.m. PT Sunday from Rogers Arena.
Vegas general manager George McPhee has asked the NHL league office for permission to skate as many as 28 players in the game – but no more than the regulation 19 in any one period – to give head coach Gerard Gallant an opportunity to better evaluate his team.
Should the waiver be awarded, don't count on any betting lines on the contest, the first of four straight Vegas exhibition "friendlies." The Golden Knights unofficial home opener is against the Kings on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at T-Mobile Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the clock continues to tick for the official regular season game set in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 pm PT. The 2-game road trip continues the next night with the first of a home-and-home series with the Arizona Coyotes – a club which almost moved to southern Nevada in 2009.
The return game and official home opener is set for Tue., Oct. 10. The Golden Knights not surprisingly project to finish last in the Pacific Division in their debut season with some books issuing an over/under number of 68.5 points., which happens to be the average of three of the NHL's most recent expansion clubs.
In 2000-01 Columbus (71 points) nipped Minnesota (68) by three points. The previous two seasons, Nashville posted 63, while the horrendous Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets) had a lowly 39 with a mere 14 wins and 4 ties.
Since 1990, the NHL record for points by an expansion team is 83 by the 1993-94 Florida Panthers (33-34-17).