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Vegas once again scored first on the Kings in the second night of a home and home back to back, but it all went downhill from there. A pair of turnovers in their own end followed by a rush in which Kopitar outskated on Sbisa, Engelland, and Lagace to give the Kings a 3-1 lead heading into the final period of the pair of games. Ryan Reaves took a pair of penalties in the 3rd which led to a bench minor and eventually the fourth goal for the Kings.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena.

  • The future outlook of the Tatar trade.
  • It’s been just two games, two, but… the Golden Knights were a different team in those two games.

Three Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Anze Kopitar
* Jack Campbell


Vegas got off to a hot start pouring the pressure on the Kings early. Erik Haula got the Golden Knights on the board first. Vegas struck again in the 3rd to go up 2-0, but the Kings stormed back to get the game within one. With the goalie pulled the Golden Knights were treading water and just could not reach the finish line. A goal by Anze Kopitar inside the final 11 seconds tied the game and sent it to OT. A tough hooking penalty that looked a bit more like a holding of the stick on Colin Miller gave the Kings a power play that would eventually lead to the game winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

  • The future outlook of the Tatar trade.

Three Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Jonathan Quick
* Dustin Brown

The Golden Knights Continue To Frustrate The Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are going through a stick shortage.

The Golden Knights continue to frustrate LA’s stars so much that if I had gone into anger management rather than blogging, writing, whatever the heck I do, I’d be standing at the doorsteps of Staples Center with pamphlets in hand screaming, “I can help!”

All kidding aside, it’s easy to understand why Quick was so frustrated after David Perron’s overtime game-winning goal. The Kings goaltender played brilliantly and still couldn’t help his team earn a victory. Early on, Quick made a few difficult saves preserving a 1-0 first-period lead. In the second he stopped quality chances by James Neal, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault. It was Quick’s unbelievable effort that forced Marchessault to shoot multiple times before scoring.

“We’re lucky to get the point. Quickie had to obviously play well again. They outshot by a pretty big margin. We had a real bad second period. I don’t know, in some ways I don’t think we deserve a point.”- Drew Doughty, Kings Defenseman

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Just like last night, the Golden Knights got off to a bit of a slow start. A shot from the point deflected and found its way past Fleury who was otherwise outstanding in the opening frame. Vegas was able to break through late in the 2nd with a Jonathan Marchessault goal after Jonathan Quick stuffed the first attempt. Brendan Leipsic gets his first goal to give Vegas the lead, but the Kings were able to tie it inside the final five minutes to send it to OT. A wild OT period ends with a David Perron goal. Vegas now has a six game winning streak and has recorded a point in 11 straight.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center.

  • The Quick effect.

Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Jonathan Quick
* Jonathan Marchessault


Yet again here at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights jump out to an incredibly quick start. They scored 3 goals in the first 11:22 aided by some really poor goaltending from Jonathan Quick. Vegas maintained the possession advantage through the 2nd, but a tough turnover led to the Kings first goal. Got a little tense down the stretch, but Vegas held on and got the W in their first game against the LA Kings.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena.

Three Stars
*** Maxime Lagace
** Cody Eakin
* William Karlsson

Rookie Games Scheduled Against Kings

While we are still waiting on the finalization of the Golden Knights preseason schedule, another set of games just popped up that at least some of those under Vegas’ control will play in. 

LA Kings Insider has learned that the Los Angeles Kings will return to Toyota Sports Center to host the Vegas Golden Knights for a pair of rookie games in mid-September. –Jon Rosen, LA Kings Insider

These very well could be the first games ever to feature Golden Knights wearing Golden Knights jerseys. The two games are going to be played at the Toyota Sports Center, the Kings practice facility in El Segundo, California. 

Rookie games are common in the NHL and are usually stocked with a bunch of young players on training camp roster invites and/or AHL contacts. It will be interesting to see how many of these such players exist for the Golden Knights in year one as they’ll still be trying to figure out how to shuffle what ever is left from the Expansion Draft with their Entry Draft picks and players that acquire via trade between now and September. Non-roster invitees are likely to be somewhat of an after thought, but apparently not too much if these games have made it in to the schedule. 

No matter what the roster looks like, Vegas is on the schedule to play a pair of games in El Segundo against the Kings. I was originally thinking we would have to wait until the end of September to see the beginning of the Golden Knights domination of the Kings, guess now that domination will start with the Reid Duke captained Rookie VGKs. 

Preseason Opponents And Schedule Pretty Much Set

UPDATE 2 (4:41 PM 1/24/17) : After further review, the team is now confirming the dates reported are indeed accurate. They reiterated there is chance the could change, but they are the correct working dates at this moment.

UPDATE (3:28 PM 1/24/17) : Eric Tosi, Golden Knights VP of communications and content, would only confirm the fact that the current plan is to play seven games, three of which at T-Mobile Arena. The dates and opponents mentioned in this article were described as “TBD” and “still a work in progress.”

We knew there would be seven preseason games for the Vegas Golden Knights in preparation of their inaugural season Three at home, three for sure on the road, and one either neutral or away. The picture is starting to clear up thanks to some top notch reporting by Steve Carp.

Depending on the game in China, the first Vegas Golden Knights hockey game will be on September 17th at T-Mobile Arena or the 19th in Colorado.

Either way, the first team to hit the ice against the Golden Knights in Vegas will be the Kings.

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Kings Pass Hockey Torch To Las Vegas

Say what you will about the Los Angeles Kings (#EveryoneSucksButVegas), but what they did to close out Frozen Fury and figuratively pass the torch to Las Vegas was absolutely brilliant.

Check it out.

The Kings also showed a pretty cool highlight video thanking Las Vegas for all the memories of the 18 years of Frozen Fury.

Goodbye Kings, Hello ________ Knights!

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 ad we’ve been dreaming of.
  • Stanchions were slanted under new NHL regulations for player safety.

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Style Must Match Owner, But Also Have Eyes On Pacific Division

We’re only a week and half away from the big announcement. I won’t get into to potential names, but the GM should fit the owner, the coach should fit the owner, and the team should fit the owner. The Creator would be best to hire a coach and GM with the style of hockey he likes best. I’m not saying Foley will be Jerry Jones, but he’ll certainly have an influence on the franchise’s firsts.

The GM will try and match the style of hockey The Creator wants, but also compete in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Pacific Division. It’ll be a tough balance. According to Francois Gagnon, the Knights (or whatever they call em) will be playing in the Pacific division. The LA Kings have led the charge in the Pacific for the past five years. Looking ahead, it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon. Sure the Sharks are in the Finals, and the Ducks seem to win the division every year but LA still rules West Coast. Jonathan Quick is locked up until 2023, Drew Doughty through 2019, Anze Kopitar just signed an eight year deal, and Jeff Carter‘s contract is up in 2022. LA’s core is intact. (Shoutout to Mass’s Cathedral High School alum Dean Lombardi for crafting a Cup winning team) The Kings groomed a Norris trophy defenseman, a Conn Smyth wining goalie, and a Selke finalist. They may be a little deflated after this year’s postseason but LA won’t be down for long.

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