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“Yeah, those are up there with the best of them,” Neal said. “I know it’s just the first game of the year, but seeing how happy guys were and how excited everyone was to start the season with a new team, a fresh start. We all got an unbelievable opportunity here to do something special. It was a great feeling.”

“I’m real happy for [Neal],” Fleury said. “He’s a guy that is always hungry to get more goals and to get wins. Coming back from surgery also, and then he got two big goals for us.”

“It’s a big thing, not just because it’s the first game in the history of the team. We all wanted it to be a good memory that way, but also for everything that’s happened back home and try to have the town behind us, have them be proud of their team. I’m glad we got that first one in.” – Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

10/06/17: Neal, Fleury help Golden Knights win first game, defeat Stars

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things i have learned today:
tanger’s best fight move is the koala (wrap yourself around the bigger guy like he’s a tree you never want to stop climbing)
the best way to get him to let go is to TICKLE HIM UNDER THE CHIN
the next practice they had a rematch, and Deryk Engelland gave us the best present of all: a shirtless kris letang.

Knights Knovelty (11/1/2017)

Congratulations Las Vegas! Your hockey team is doing unbelievable. Winning 8 out of your first 9 games as an expansion team in the National Hockey League is a sight to behold. United from the horrific mass shooting only weeks prior, the team and a city in shambles stood behind its citizens and first responders in what was an unprecedented night in which the opening act was absolutely perfect. Not only was the ceremony first class all the way, the first 10 plus minutes of the game was as well. 4 goals by Tomas Nosek, Deryk Engelland, and two by James Neal completely pumped up the crowd and the viewing audience, myself included. This team has continued its winning ways even though most expansion teams have started out very slowly in the past. But is this sustainable?


The Golden Knights have lost their last two road games, bringing their current record to 8-3-0, still a very respectable 16 points and currently second in the Pacific Division. But considering they are 6-1-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road, they’re gonna have a tough time keeping up with their own pace given they play 12 of their next 18 on the road. With that, the Vegas novelty will wear off eventually.


Vegas novelty you ask? With the first professional sports team in Las Vegas, Nevada, you have to think about what Vegas means not only to Americans nationwide, but sports personalities as well. It’s a vacation stop for 99% of the people who travel there, including professional athletes. Now that players are visiting with their entire teams to a city they’re used to partying in for the most part, playing a regular season game there will be completely different. Temptation alone would be enough of a distraction for players not to perform at 100%. Not making excuses but imagine going to Vegas for a work conference ONLY. Really? Like I’m just here for work and that’s it? And you’re talking about a league where the average age is around 27 years old. These players will learn to adjust to going to Vegas for business vs pleasure at some point this season.


I would like to think that this team will overcome its recent 2 game losing streak, but given that the Golden Knights have been hit with the injury bug recently, especially at the goaltending position, it’ll be hard to argue that this team will continue its winning ways. Thus I predict that this team will eventually fall out of a playoff spot near the end of the season and will be sitting pretty in the draft lottery this coming 2018. Once the league adjusts to playing in Las Vegas versus visiting Las Vegas, then the Knights will only spiral downhill from there.


These are just the opinions of an LA Kings fan, and do not reflect anything to do with the Kings or their affiliation with the NHL or it’s writers. Any questions, comments, agitations with what I’ve written are always welcome!


(11/1/17)

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The Canucks/Flames brawl if anyone wants to watch it in its entirety 

Vegas Golden Knights Full Roster

Colorado Avalanche: Calvin Pickard, Goalie
Vancouver Canucks: Luca Sbisa, Defense
Arizona Coyotes: Teemu Pulkkinen, Forward
New Jersey Devils: Jon Merrill, Defense
Buffalo Sabers: William Carrier, Forward (along with a 2017 6th round draft pick)
Detroit Red Wings: Tomas Nosek, Forward
Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin, Forward
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Marchessault, Forward  (along with Riley Smith, F and a 2018 4th round draft pick)
Los Angles Kings: Brayden McNabb, Defense 
Carolina Hurricanes: Connor Brickley, Forward (along with a 2017 5th round pick)
Winnipeg Jets: Chris Thorburn, Forwards
Philidelphia Flyers: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Forward
Tampa Bay Lightning: Jason Garrison, Defense (along with Nikita Gusev, F, a 2017 2nd round draft pick, and a 2018 4th round draft pick)
New York Islanders: J.F. Berube, Goaltender (along with two other players, a 2017 draft pick, and a 2018 pick)
Nashville Predators: James Neal, Forward
Calgary Flames: Deryk Engelland, Defense
Toronto Maple Leafs: Brendan Leipsic, Forward
Boston Bruins: Colin Miller, Defense
Ottawa Senators: Marc Methot, Defense
San Jose Sharks: David Schlemko, Defense
St. Louis Blues: David Perron, Forward
New York Rangers: Oscar Lindberg, Forward
Edmonton Oilers: Griffin Reinhart, Defense
Montreal Canadiens: Alexei Emelin, Defense
Anahiem Ducks: Clayton Stoner, Defense (along with Shea Theodore, F)
Minosota Wild: Erik Haula, Forward (along with Alex Tuc in exchange for a 2017 or 2018 pick)
Colombus Blue Jackets: William Karlsson, Forward (along with David Clarkson F, a 2017 1st round pick, and 2019 3rd round pick)
Chicago Blackhawks: Trevor van Riensdyk, Defense
Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury, Goaltender (along with a 2020 2nd round pick)
Washington Capitals: Nate Schmidt, Defense

Expansion Draft - Full List

Forwards:

Teemu Pulkkinen (ARI)
William Carrier (BUF)
Tomas Nosek (DET)
Cody Eakin (DAL)
Jonathan Marchessault (FLA)
Connor Brickley (CAR)
Chris Thorburn (WPG)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (PHI)
James Neal (NSH)
Brendan Leipsic (TOR)
David Perron (STL)
Oscar Lindberg (NYR)
Erik Haula (MIN)
William Karlsson (CBJ)

Defense:

Luca Sbisa (VAN)
Jon Merrill (NJD)
Brayden McNabb (LAK)
Jason Garrison (TBL)
Deryk Engelland (CGY)
Colin Miller (BOS)
Marc Methot (OTT)
David Schlemko (SJS)
Griffin Reinhart (EDM)
Alexei Emelin (MTL)
Clayton Stoner (ANA)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (CHI)
Nate Schmidt (WSH)

Goalies:

Calvin Pickard (COL)
J.F. Berube (NYI)
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)