As if Wild Bill was not going to tear up the Blue Jackets. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Playing against former teams has been a storyline all year and understandably it boiled over yesterday with Marc-Andre Fleury’s return to Pittsburgh.

All Star head coach Gerard Gallant joked early in the season that the “revenge game” was overblown. Then, after a win over the Buffalo Sabres in which “fourth” line forward William Carrier played his best game, Gallant’s mind was changed.

I didn’t think this was a big deal but William Carrier played his best game tonight against his old team. His old team is Buffalo, so it definitely made a difference. I didn’t think it did, but tonight he proved to me that he played his best game so far. He played real well. -Gallant

Since then the answer has been the same from Gallant when asked about any player facing his former team; he expects them to play one of their best games because “that’s how it seems to go.”

So, let’s take a look at how the Golden Knights have actually fared against their old teams.

 GPGASOG+/-
Karlsson12033
Marchessault214104
Smith20241
Neal31014-2
Haula2111-3
Perron2018-1
Tuch2004-1
Eakin30352
Leipsic20022
Carrier10030
Nosek1002-1

*Bellemare and Carpenter have yet to face their former teams.

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