Quick, get out of the way, the sky is falling. Relax Golden Knights fans, it’s a long year and your team will have a stretch of losing from time to time.
Thanks to Sunday night’s 3-2 win at New Jersey, the Golden Knights ended their losing streak at three games. It started on the road at the Los Angeles Kings, who then traveled to T-Mobile and took down the Knights again. Friday came and went with a shocking loss to Ottawa, second to last in the East. After the three games, the tone around town was scared – Is the run over? How could we lose to Ottawa? Are the Kings better than us?
Take your pills and have a seat, the Knights are fine. Honestly, having a couple bumps on the road to the playoffs is probably the best thing that could ever happen to a team that has avoided long stretches of adversity. Having Coach Gerald Gallant getting a little upset every now and then should keep the guys motivated and hopefully refocused for the long grind the playoffs will be once the puck drops. Nothing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs comes easy and Vegas will need to feel a little push from the teams clawing to get in to the playoffs to prepare. This is great training ladies and gentlemen, so relax.
Vegas at Columbus
Personally, I expected more from the Blue Jackets this year. They are set up to be in the playoffs, but have been unable to score goals and are 4-5-1 in the last 10 games.
Meanwhile the Knights (6-3-1 in the last 10) have been pretty much like most 10-game stretches for Vegas, successful. As mentioned above, the teams that are desperate, like the Jackets, should give the Knights a real test. With the second game on the road trip, let’s just say the Knights grind out one more win. KNIGHTS
Vegas at Detroit
The first team to ever beat the Vegas Golden Knights in team history was the Detroit Red Wings by a 6-3 score at T-Mobile Arena back on Oct. 13.
Vegas will bring to town its secret weapon, newly acquired former Detroit forward Tomas Tatar. Tatar had his first goal as a member of the Knights this past Sunday at New Jersey. Maybe the kid can stay hot in his old building.
With Detroit nine points back of the final playoff spot they were realists by being sellers at the trade deadline. Vegas should remember the team that put the first L in the column. KNIGHTS
Vegas at Buffalo
This will be the fourth of a five-game road trip for the Knights and a nice spot to play a team that is one point from the worst record in the entire NHL.
With that said, Buffalo has played a little better recently with a 4-5-1 record in the last 10 games. Their Achilles’ heel all year has been goal scoring, 31st in the league. The defense hasn’t been much better sitting 27th in the league. Also the worst stat, -57 goal differential. You guessed it – worst in the league.
Because of that I will lean toward the total. OVER
Vegas at Philadelphia
The Flyers came into T-Mobile Arena in Vegas and took it to the Knights despite being out shot 39-18. Gallant mentioned back then they played good in spots but just weren’t hungry for it and didn’t get anything that scary on net with all those shots put up.
Philly’s win over Vegas was part of a 10-0-1 streak for the Flyers that was followed by 0-2-1 in the last three games. They will have played the Penguins, Bruins and Jets before seeing the Knights and I expect them to be completely gassed. KNIGHTS