The Vegas Golden Knights have made their way to Edmonton along with all of the other Western Conference playoff teams. As one of the top four teams in the conference, they will play round robin games against Colorado, Dallas, and St. Louis to determine seeding in the West. With training camp now completed, the final roster is set, and the Golden Knights are ready to make their mark on the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Vegas heads to Edmonton with a 31 man roster consisting of 18 forwards, ten defensemen, and three goalies. Their playoff roster is as follows:
Forwards: Patrick Brown, William Carrier, Nick Cousins, Reid Duke, William Karlsson, Keegan Kolesar, Peyton Krebs, Jonathan Marchessault, Tomas Nosek, Gage Quinney, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Reaves, Nicolas Roy, Reilly Smith, Paul Stastny, Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone, Alex Tuch
Their schedule for their exhibition game and round robin games is as follows:
Exhibition Game July 30 vs Arizona 10pm ET
Round Robin Game August 3 vs Dallas 6:30pm ET
Round Robin Game August 6 vs St. Louis TBD
Round Robin Game August 8 vs Colorado TBD
The Golden Knights won the Pacific Division this season, and are hoping to make a Stanley Cup run. They certainly look like a team that is capable of winning the Cup. Their top-six forward group of Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, and William Karlsson is absolutely lethal. Not to mention the incredible goaltending duo of Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner. If there’s any question mark about this team, it’s the defense. But with the emergence of Shea Theodore and the addition of Alec Martinez, they should be fine. Vegas definitely has a chance to make a serious run this year.
The Golden Knights scored 3.15 goals per game this season, good for 13th in the NHL. They gave up 2.94 goals against per game, also 13th in the NHL. Their powerplay operated at 22% in the regular season, good for 9th in the league. One area of concern, however, is the penalty kill, which was 27th in the league at 76.6% this season. Vegas needs to stay out of the penalty box if they want to win.
The Golden Knights certainly have some tough competition in the Western Conference. The Blues are the defending Stanley Cup champions and were the best team in the West during the regular season. Colorado has a young and talented lineup, looking to take the next step and make a deep run. Dallas was one of the best defensive teams in the league this season and are extremely tough to score on. Winning in the playoffs is never easy, and this year certainly won’t be an exception. However, there’s no reason Vegas shouldn’t be in the conversation when it comes to Cup contenders.
Vegas’ performance in the round robin will not only set their seeding for the playoffs, but show how they stack up against the best in the West. A good performance will lead to a higher seed and prove that they are true contenders. A poor performance will lead to a lower seed and a tougher journey in the playoffs. It will be great to see the Golden Knights on the ice again. The fun begins in less than a week. Let’s see how far this team can go.
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