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Welcome To The Regular Season Where Hitting Is Actually Allowed

We’ve been told that the Golden Knights aren’t a particularly physical team. Coach Gerard Gallant probably never expected the game to go the way it did (big hits, 46 shots faced, 0/7 PP) and still leave with a 2–1 victory.

I thought the first period was physical. There was some big hits. You expect that in the first game, everybody is excited to play. I thought in the first period, there were some star players that were hitting guys more so than the third or fourth line players. Some of the big guys were banging bodies and it settled down a bit. I thought it was a great hockey team. -Gerard Gallant

Early in the game, the Stars were flying around, landing heavy hits on the visiting Golden Knights. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov, and defenseman Marc Methot (remember him?) delivered multiple crushing hits in the first period. After twenty minutes, Dallas had the edge in hits 11 to 6. By the second period, Golden Knights players seemed to have had enough and stepped up physically. By the end of the game, the style Dallas started the game off with had faded. Along with their lead.

No this was normal. Anytime you play this team, that’s the way it is. They’re a physical team. The west is tough. It’s like that with LA, Anaheim, Dallas, Winnipeg. These are all heavy teams. – James Neal

Video Courtesy of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain

Neal took a few hits, and gave a few himself. Sure the sniper played rough, but his impact offensively is what neutralized the Stars physicality. The Golden Knights weren’t intimated by anything Methot, Radulov and that secousse Antoine Roussel handed out. In fact, Dallas’ overly-aggressive play put them in the penalty box for almost 20 minutes. Coach’s call that, a momentum killer.

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Not Going To Be Pretty, But That’s The Blueprint To VGK Success

46 shots against, five penalties, and 0 for 7 on the power play… on the road, against a team that will likely be contending for a Stanley Cup this season. That’s not how you normally go about winning an NHL game, but that’s exactly what the Golden Knights did, and it’s something Golden Knights fans should probably get used to.

2-1 work. Amiright? (Photo Credit: Jason Pothier, SinBin.vegas)

No no no, I’m not saying this team is going to shock the world, make the playoffs, and win the “Cup in One.” What I’m saying is that if the Golden Knights want to be a competitive team night in and night out, sometimes it’s going to take individual efforts like tonight.

I don’t want to be giving up 40 some shots. I thought we competed and battled hard and Fleury stole that hockey game. -Gallant

Other times it’s going to take a bit of luck and good fortune.

Let’s hope not. But some games will go that way. –Reilly Smith

But often it’s going to be ugly. Quite frankly, Vegas isn’t going to have the best players on the ice in most games. If they are going to stay in games, and even steal some like they did tonight, it’s going to take a bit of magic, or as hockey players call it, a bunch of cliches.

We’ve got to play a team game, all 20 guys out there have to go to battle for one another. Keep it simple. Battle battle battle for one another, and just outwork teams. –Deryk Engelland

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (1-0-0 2 PTS) DALLAS STARS 1

Stories and media from the first regular season game in Golden Knights history. October 6th, Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Golden Knights Win!!!

3 Stars

*** James Neal
** Alexander Radulov
* Marc-Andre Fleury

History!

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Frozen Fury Night One: Pictures and Observations

Last night marked the very first NHL game in T-Mobile Arena history, and hopefully the last time the Stars ever win in this building.

First, let’s start with some observations, then we will get to the pictures and videos.

  • Parking was easy, but they charge a $20 flat rate at NYNY and Monte Carlo. It’s free for locals at MGM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, or Aria.
  • Ticket box/will call was very easy, short lines and very helpful.
  • Trip from entrance to seat took about 10 minutes.
  • Once I could see the ice, I seriously felt a chill. The air was crisp, it was noticeably cold.
  • You could see ice from parts of the concourse which was cool, so it never feels like you never miss gameplay.
  • The ice was incredibly clear and very bright, creating great visibility.
  • The ice seemed very fast. Like a clean sheet during the entire period rather than just the beginning. Players were gliding.
  • The boards were “live.” Big rebounds off the backboards behind the goalies. Two goals created from backboard deflections. Huge offensive impact if no adjustment is made.
  • Boards also seemed very stiff, didn’t move when players landed body checks.
  • Granted it was preseason, but there were so many penalties.
  • Penalty boxes look very big, almost like the league is expecting multiple players in one box at a time. Plenty of fans will be able to harass penalized players. And more importantly plenty of space for that SinBin.vegas ad we’ve been dreaming of.
  • Stanchions were slanted under new NHL regulations for player safety.

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Frozen Fury Back For 2016 At T-Mobile Arena

The Kings now have not one, but two preseason games scheduled at T-Mobile Arena. Rumors were pretty strong that Frozen Fury 2015 would be the final in the series, but the Kings have confirmed they are once again returning for their yearly classic here in Vegas.

They will be moving across the street from MGM Grand and will officially serve as the first hockey game in venue history.

The atmosphere at Frozen Fury is always one of the highlights of our exhibition game schedule and we believe we can take this to a ‘next level’ in this new environment. Our fans will be excited that there will be two games this season, our 50th Anniversary, and we know they — along with our players — are going to love this new state-of-the-art arena. -Luc Robitaille, President of Business Operations

Frozen Fury will take place on October 7th when the Kings play the Stars and the second exhibition game will be the following night with Colorado coming to Vegas to take LA.

I was asked if this had any impact on the expansion process and the decision making and in my personal opinion I don’t think it figures in the decision one way or another. Seems to me to be more of a deal between the Kings and MGM/AEG with the NHL simply signing off on it.

What happens to the future of Frozen Fury when our own team plays home exhibition games at T-Mobile Arena? That’s a different story.

Kings Confirm Preseason Game At T-Mobile Arena, Second Scheduled NHL Game At Venue

The NHL footprint in Las Vegas is growing! The Los Angeles Kings will continue to play their annual preseason game in Las Vegas, but this time it’ll be at the T-Mobile Arena rather than at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Dallas Stars President Jim Lites told the Dallas Morning News the Stars would love to be the Kings opponent in 2016.

We are talking to them and we would be honored to be involved, but nothing is confirmed at this time. -Jim Lites

ESPN.com has it (almost) perfect at the bottom of their article.

It’s not quite the Las Vegas Black Knights, but it’s a start. -Craig Custance

Bingo… except we still really do prefer Rat Pack.

Nonetheless, we now have two games here in Vegas next preseason. Kings vs. Stars or whoever else they decide to play and Sharks vs. Avalanche. Two’s a start, but I really think we deserve 41.

Mock Expansion Draft – Protected Players – Dallas Stars

The first step to our mock draft is to establish the list of players that will be available for the Las Vegas franchise to draft. To do this, we decided to have a blogger from each team represent their own franchise and select the players that will be protected from the Mock Expansion Draft available player pool. To see the rules which were followed to protect players, hit this link.

Due to time constraints, our own Dana Lane has taken on the task of completely the rosters for each of the remaining teams. Next up is the Dallas Stars.

Protected Players

The entire list of unprotected players that will be available for Team Lane and Team Pothier to select from can be found here.

To see more team explanations just like this one, check out The Sin Bin Mock Expansion Draft Landing Page.

Special thanks again to Dana Lane for picking up the slack. Show your appreciation by following @DanaLaneSports on Twitter, and heck, throw us (@SinBinVegas) a follow too while you’re at it.

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