Blackhawks bring a mighty pedigree to face the Knights
October 24, 2017 3:00 AM
by Bob Harvey
The Vegas Golden Knights look to extend their historic NHL streak when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas (6-1) continues to gobble up most of the early season headlines. They’re the first team in the 100 years of the NHL to start their expansion season with a 6-1 record thanks to Saturday’s 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. William Karlsson’s goal with 23.8 seconds remaining in overtime was the difference as the Golden Knights improved to 4-1 on home ice.
Malcolm Subban, who was forced into the starter’s role after No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury went on injured reserve with a concussion, suffered a leg injury midway through the third period of the Blues game. He was replaced by rookie Oscar Dansk, who made his NHL debut and stopped 10 of 11 shots, many of the highlight real variety. Dansk takes over after Subban, who made 37 saves against the Blues, was placed on IR. He’s expected to miss four weeks. In response, VGK recalled goalie Maxime Lagace from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Chicago (5-2-2, 2-1-1 road) arrives in town off a 4-2 victory over everybody’s favorite punching bag, the Arizona Coyotes. Patrick Kane scored his second goal in as many games, Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 27 saves for Chicago, which had lost two straight. The victory was the Blackhawks’ eighth straight over the Coyotes.
Bottom line: With the exception of Detroit, the Golden Knights have beaten all-comers. Goaltending could be an issue moving forward but until that time, the VGK should continue to be a solid investment.