In its inaugural season, NY set a record for futility by going 12-60-6.
Depression - Vegas pops up in their first year in the league and they're already better than my favorite team. After picking through scraps, the Caps broke the Islanders' mark with an even more putrid 8-67-5 record.
So as the conference finals begin, allow the Southeast Division the victory lap it so rarely enjoyed during its existence. It took an extraordinary effort from all levels of management to install a culture on the fly and get 20 relative strangers to mesh with a common buy-in. That set up a meeting between the Jets and Predators, who both had the most points in the league and the series did not disappoint as it went the full seven games.
He was beloved in Pittsburgh and he's become a folk hero in Las Vegas.
The conference finals are set, and there is now a 75% chance the 2017-18 National Hockey League season ends with a first-time Stanley Cup champion. Slim-to-none. And that's just one example of the type of deals GMs were willing to cut with Vegas that might not give to Seattle.
In the aftermath of the tragedy the Golden Knights retired number 58 to honor the victims. It's more like apple fruit roll-up-to-apples. Trivia time, name those two other teams?
Will Marc-Andre Fleury and Brayden Holtby continue their surprisingly dominant performances into the conference finals?
Seven of Torrey's 21 expansion draft selections jumped to the rival WHA. The further Vegas moves into the playoffs, the more articles are coming out bashing how "unfair" the expansion draft was to these GMs.
The series also pits two hot goaltenders against each other in Jets Connor Hellebuyck and veteran Marc-Andre Fleury, who's been in 125 playoffs games compared to Hellebuyck's 12. Only six of the 28 teams (Nashville and Atlanta Thrashers players were exempt from the draft) went with the latter option.
The Golden Knights, who surpassed its season-high 13 penalties in minutes with 22 PIM, found themselves in the box more than, 11-6.
DEFENCE: The blue line has contributed seven goals and eight assists in 10 games ... First-and-second-year pros were exempt. Vegas has lost only once on the road in the postseason.
The Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a risky Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday's win.
Will Vegas triumph over a bruising and skilled Jets squad? "Every game is a new start, you got to start from scratch and try to win that one".
Both goals were scored while the Jets players were standing partly below the goal line. Scoring in the win was Jonathan Marchessault, which was his 4th of the postseason, Nate Schmidt, which was his 2nd of the playoffs and Cody Eakin, which was his 3rd. The Golden Knights outscored the Kings 7-2 with a pair of shutouts in a defense dominated series.
Coach Gerard Gallant told a media conference there's no doubt his troops deserve to be where they are. Their first home games will be a double header on Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. when the Souris Cardinals and the Wawanesa Brewers come to town.
Before the season started it would've made no sense, but it makes ideal sense now with how both teams played all season and in the playoffs.
Remembering his team is still in the Stanley Cup playoffs will do that.
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