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Positive COVID-19 Cases Halt the Vegas Golden Knights Incredible Start

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The Vegas Golden Knights came out of the gates firing on all cylinders to start the season, posting an impressive 5-1-1 record through their first seven games. Led by the franchise’s first ever captain Mark Stone and the phenomenal duo of goaltenders Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas was in the process of positioning themselves in the perfect spot for another Stanley Cup run.

The Knights ran into a bit of bad luck when various personnel tested positive for COVID-19 forcing the NHL to trigger its COVID-19 protocols and have the team cease all operations, which included regularly scheduled games. Vegas has not played since January 26th when they acted swiftly and responsibly by putting the coaching staff into self-isolation before the game but still fell to the St. Louis Blues 5-4 after the game was forced into a shootout.

The interruption of the Vegas Golden Knight’s season led to the rescheduling of four games. Vegas will now face San Jose on February 13th and 25th, St. Louis on March 22nd, and Anaheim on April 23rd.

The NHL has done a fantastic job adjusting schedules in response to the postponing of games, demonstrating their preparedness to facilitate a successful season. The two games against the San Jose Sharks and game against the Anaheim Ducks are not impactful to the schedule but the match up against the Blues puts Vegas in games on back to back days. The Knights will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on March 21st and travel back to T-Mobile Arena to host the Blues the next day.

A question that has yet to be answered is whether or not this long break will have been a detriment or benefit to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights are back in action on February 5th when they take on the division-rival Los Angeles Kings.

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