No need to rehash why Golden Knights are successful
February 20, 2018 3:00 AM
by Mark Mayer
VIP On the Mark | There’s really no need to rehash why the Golden Knights have had this surreal opening season. If you’ve watched the team the reasons are clear. Vegas is doing everything teams like the Canadiens and Blackhawks aren’t.
Holy Pelosi, starting the week the Vegas Golden Knights are assured of being the top team in the National Hockey League. Yes, No. 1, not 31.
More importantly, Vegas has produced a betting profit of $2,278 per $100 wager. Crumbs X 2-plus, if you will. This is a first-year expansion team beyond any we have ever seen in any sport. And as the records continue to fall, the team sticks to the basics – one game at a time, next man up.
There’s really no need to rehash why the Golden Knights have had this surreal opening season. If you’ve watched the team the reasons are clear. Vegas is doing everything teams like Montreal and Chicago aren’t. And yet we hear Vegas Flu or Road Team Popularity come up every time an NHL franchise visits T-Mobile Arena.
Maybe we should change the name to Upwardly-Mobile Arena as it describes all Vegas has done this season. So what if fans come in wearing jerseys not from Vegas. I think it’s great. That’s the charm of T-Mobile, which has taken the Shark Tank at San Jose and raised the bar for energy.
Vegas is likely to see six players with at least 20 goals. Marc Andre Fleury has a goals against average that could dip below 2.00. If Vegas posted a victory Monday night here against Anaheim that would give them 40 and break the tie with Tampa Bay for most victories.
The books have finally caught up with Vegas as a consistent winner, especially at home where they made their supporters a league best $1,358 per $100 bet. What began as a 300-1 shot to win the Stanley Cup and a double-digit underdog has turned to a -200-plus favorite and 6-1 to capture the NHL title.
I don’t think anyone could have imagined this. The Golden Knights will continue to work on the greatest sports story ever told should they continue to defy the odds. They held their own early in the season playing four goaltenders. Fleury and James Neal were drafted as the centerpieces. They were the given drawing cards. Nobody knew who else would step up and contribute. The answer is everyone.
So now the talk is about trade deadline and whether GM George McPhee is going to mess with team chemistry and test the waters. The name Evander Kane keeps coming up. I’d rather stick with Citizen Kane and Rosebud. Why mess with something that doesn’t need fixing?