caption No one expected the Las Vegas Golden Knights to contend in their first season in the NHL, but after the most successful debut season in the history of sport, the team is on the cusp of Stanley Cup immortality. source Christian Petersen/Getty Images The Las Vegas Golden Knights are one of the most compelling stories in sports right now. In their first year, the expansion franchise has shown that it can compete with the best teams in hockey, rounding together a roster of players from every team across the league and quickly becoming a force in the NHL. After winning the Pacific Division, the Golden Knights already have the best debut season for an expansion franchise in any major sport, but with a Stanley Cup berth on the visible horizon, Las Vegas is far from ready to settle. Take a look below at how the team came together and turned a ragtag roster into one of the most dynamic teams in the NHL. The Las Vegas Golden Knights’ roster was initially put … [Read more...] about How the Las Vegas Golden Knights went from a ragtag roster to Stanley Cup contenders in 11 months
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caption The Las Vegas Golden Knights celebrating their playoff series win against the Los Angeles Kings. source Harry How/Getty Images The Las Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team that started the season with 200-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup, are now co-favorites. The Golden Knights success as an expansion franchise has been historic, and it would be unprecedented for them to win a championship this year. The Las Vegas Golden Knights have had an unbelievable season as an expansion team. One useful metric to put how shocking the team has been, in true Vegas fashion, is gambling odds. According to the Westgate Sportsbook, and as reported by Emily Kaplan of ESPN, the Golden Knights now have 4-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup – after starting the season at 200-1 odds. The Golden Knights are also co-favorites with the Nashville Predators to win it all. The Golden Knights became co-favorites after they swept the … [Read more...] about The Las Vegas Golden Knights had never played a game a year ago and are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup
By Star Editorial Board Tues., March 27, 2018 Las Vegas may be the Paris of gambling, but it’s the Timbuktu of hockey. Could there be a less likely place for hockey to flourish than the desert oasis in Nevada? Which makes it all the more delicious that the city’s rookie NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights, have become the first-ever expansion team to clinch a playoff berth. They did it on Monday by whipping the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, giving them 103 points as of Tuesday (fourth best record in the league). This would be sweet for any team under any circumstances. For a Vegas team, it’s especially meaningful given that the Golden Knights started their first season just days after the city was devastated by the mass shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded. The team’s miracle year coincided with Las Vegas’s efforts to recover from the tragedy. Of course, it isn’t all golden. The city’s bookmakers, irony of … [Read more...] about Vegas Golden Knights have beaten the odds
By Larry Lage The Associated Press Wed., March 14, 2018 DETROIT—The Vegas Golden Knights turned their expansion season into a special one by making a lot of good decisions. Like the addition of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. “He makes an expansion team not be an expansion team,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. Read more: Analysis | Kevin McGran: The case for Leafs’ Andersen to win the Hart Trophy over the Vezina Article Continued Below Can Seattle replicate Vegas Golden Knights’ success? Golden Knights’ success is ‘bittersweet’ for Vegas oddsmakers No one outside the organization expected the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights to be this good so fast. With less than a month left in the regular season, they easily have the largest divisional lead and are chasing Nashville for the most points in the Western Conference. The odds are not long that Vegas could hoist the Stanley Cup. “The expectations … [Read more...] about Marc-Andre Fleury one of the keys to Vegas Golden Knights’ startling early success
By Larry Stone The Seattle Times Tues., March 6, 2018 LAS VEGAS—The walk to the rink is lit by neon behemoths such as MGM and the Monte Carlo nearby on the Vegas strip. The pulsating bass inside T-Mobile Arena, which assaults you upon entry and rarely lets up, is felt deep in your diaphragm. The likes of Carrot Top, Lil Jon, Terry Fator and Blue Man Group offer video-taped greetings. In other words, the glitz is a huge part of the show when the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice to a rapturous reception on game night. It’s loud, garish and over-the-top, just as you’d expect in the town where wretched excess is a way of life. But strip away the showmanship at the nexus of Park Avenue and Frank Sinatra Drive, and you have something simple, endearing and quite astonishing: a town falling head-over-heels in love with a pro sports team. And not just any town, but THIS town, Sin City, a repository of transients and transplants in the middle of the desert … [Read more...] about Can Seattle replicate Vegas Golden Knights’ success?