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Hardest And Softest Spots In Golden Knights 2019-20 Schedule

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An NHL season is like cycling through the most challenging course on the Peloton bike… for six months straight. There are homestands, road trips, back-to-backs, and all sorts of weird quirks that pop up because half the teams in the league play in the same stadium as NBA teams.

This year’s Golden Knights schedule is no different, and like every Pacific Division team, there are some high peaks and some low valleys.

Softest Spots

October 23 – November 2nd
vs COL, vs ANA, vs MTL, vs WPG

After what is a bit of a tricky opening few weeks of the season riddled with tough opponents, single-game road trips, and a back-t0-back in different time-zones with 750+ miles of travel, the schedule hits its softest spot of the year. Four home games, in an 11-day span against one good team, two okay ones, and a horrible one. The Golden Knights have two days of rest before the Colorado game and then three days prior to Montreal. They even have two more days off after the last of the four-game set. Really, the whole month of October is favorable for Vegas, and if they start it off well, the last week could turn it into one of their best months ever.

February 12th – March 3rd
vs STL, vs NYI, vs WSH, vs TBL, vs FLA, @ANA, vs EDM, vs BUF, vs LAK, NJD

Directly on the heels of the ridiculous 27-day span away from T-Mobile Arena (more on that below), the Golden Knights come home for 10 straight. (Really it’s 9 of 10, but I figure a road game in Anaheim in February is basically a home game.) The opponents are challenging at first, but they ease up majorly as it goes on. There will be 20 points to get here, the Golden Knights should reasonably be after at least 14 of them.

December 29th – January 11th
vs ANA, vs PHI, vs STL, vs PIT, vs LAK, vs CBJ

It’s the longest homestand of the year and the first 7-game homestand since the magical one that opened the inaugural season. Only six games are listed because it starts out with a road-home back-to-back, but there are two off-days behind it. This is about as nice a stretch as you can ask for on a schedule as there’s at least one day between every game and the opponents are all average at best (except for St. Louis). Of course, this is directly before the 27-day monster. It’s almost like the NHL knew they were screwing the Golden Knights, so they tried to make it up to them with two soft spots before and after the nightmare.

Hardest Spots

January 12th – February 7th
at BUF, at OTT, at MTL, at BOS, at CAR, at NSH, at TBL, at FLA

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NHL Releases Full Vegas Golden Knights 2019-20 Schedule

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Opening night is still 99 days away, but now you know what you’ll be doing for 82 dates over the course of the next 10 months.

The NHL released the Golden Knights full schedule for the 2019-20 season and we’re here to break it down. (Scroll to the bottom to see full schedule)

  • Longest Homestand
    • 2019-20: 7 games
      • 12/28-1/11
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/16-10/28 (3-1-1)
    • 2017-18: 7 games (twice)
      • 10/10-10/27 (6-1-0)
      • 2/11-2/23 (5-2-0)
  • Longest Road Trip
    • 2019-20: 8 games
      • 1/14-2/6
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/6-10/13 (2-3-0)
    • 2017-18: 6 games (twice)
      • 10/30-11/7 (1-4-1)
      • 1/30-2/8 (4-2-0)
  • Back-to-Backs
    • 2019-20: 12
      • Road/Road: 6
      • Home/Home: 0
      • Road/Home: 3
      • Home/Road: 3
    • 2018-19: 13
      • Road/Road: 7
        • 4 points – 1
        • 2 points – 3
        • 0 points – 3
      • Home/Home:2
        • 4 points – 1
        • 2 points – 1
      • Road/Home: 1
        • 2 points – 1
      • Home/Road: 3
        • 4 points – 2
        • 1 point – 1
    • 2017-18: 12
      • Road/Road: 9
        • 4 points – 3
        • 3 points – 1
        • 2 points – 2
        • 1 point – 1
        • 0 points – 2
      • Home/Home: 1
        • 4 points – 1
      • Road/Home: 1
        • 1 point – 1
      • Home/Road: 1
        • 4 points – 1
  • Longest Time Away From T-Mobile Arena
    • 2019-20 – 28 Days (1/11-2/8)
    • 2018-19 – 16 Days (1/23-2/9)
    • 2017-18 – 16 days (1/25-2/11)
  • Team Played 5 Times
    • 2019-20: Arizona Coyotes
    • 2018-19: Los Angeles Kings (2-2-1)
    • 2017-18: Arizona Coyotes (4-1-0)
  • Bye Week
    • 2019-20: Jan. 22 – Jan. 26
    • 2018-19: Jan. 27 – Jan. 31
    • 2017-18: Jan. 8 – Jan. 12
  • Division Games in March/April
    • 2019-20: 9
    • 2018-19: 11 (7-3-1)
    • 2017-18: 8 (4-3-1)
  • Games by Day
    • Monday
      • 2019-20: 7
      • 2018-19: 8 (2-6-0)
      • 2017-18: 6 (3-1-2)
    • Tuesday
      • 2019-20: 17
      • 2018-19: 11 (7-4-0)
      • 2017-18: 20 (12-7-1)
    • Wednesday
      • 2019-20: 6
      • 2018-19: 9 (4-3-2)
      • 2017-18: 5 (3-2-0)
    • Thursday
      • 2019-20: 16
      • 2018-19: 14 (8-6-0)
      • 2017-18: 14 (7-6-1)
    • Friday
      • 2019-20: 8
      • 2018-19: 10 (4-5-1)
      • 2017-18: 14 (8-5-1)
    • Saturday
      • 2019-20: 16
      • 2018-19: 19 (10-6-3)
      • 2017-18: 12 (9-1-2)
    • Sunday
      • 2019-20: 12
      • 2018-19: 11 (8-2-1)
      • 2017-18: 11 (10-1-0)
Wed.10/2/19San JoseVegas
Fri.10/4/19VegasSan Jose
Tue.10/8/19BostonVegas
Thu.10/10/19VegasArizona
Sat.10/12/19CalgaryVegas
Sun.10/13/19VegasLos Angeles
Tue.10/15/19NashvilleVegas
Thu.10/17/19OttawaVegas
Sat.10/19/19VegasPittsburgh
Mon.10/21/19VegasPhiladelphia
Tue.10/22/19VegasChicago
Fri.10/25/19ColoradoVegas
Sun.10/27/19AnaheimVegas
Thu.10/31/19MontrealVegas
Sat.11/2/19WinnipegVegas
Tue.11/5/19VegasColumbus
Thu.11/7/19VegasToronto
Sat.11/9/19VegasWashington
Sun.11/10/19VegasDetroit
Wed.11/13/19ChicagoVegas
Sat.11/16/19VegasLos Angeles
Sun.11/17/19CalgaryVegas
Tue.11/19/19TorontoVegas
Thu.11/21/19San JoseVegas
Sat.11/23/19EdmontonVegas
Mon.11/25/19VegasDallas
Wed.11/27/19VegasNashville
Fri.11/29/19ArizonaVegas
Mon.12/2/19VegasN.Y. Rangers
Tue.12/3/19VegasNew Jersey
Thu.12/5/19VegasN.Y. Islanders
Sun.12/8/19N.Y. RangersVegas
Tue.12/10/19ChicagoVegas
Thu.12/12/19VegasSt. Louis
Fri.12/13/19VegasDallas
Sun.12/15/19VancouverVegas
Tue.12/17/19MinnesotaVegas
Thu.12/19/19VegasVancouver
Sun.12/22/19VegasSan Jose
Mon.12/23/19ColoradoVegas
Fri.12/27/19VegasAnaheim
Sat.12/28/19ArizonaVegas
Tue.12/31/19AnaheimVegas
Thu.1/2/20PhiladelphiaVegas
Sat.1/4/20St. LouisVegas
Tue.1/7/20PittsburghVegas
Thu.1/9/20Los AngelesVegas
Sat.1/11/20ColumbusVegas
Tue.1/14/20VegasBuffalo
Thu.1/16/20VegasOttawa
Sat.1/18/20VegasMontreal
Tue.1/21/20VegasBoston
Fri.1/31/20VegasCarolina
Sat.2/1/20VegasNashville
Tue.2/4/20VegasTampa Bay
Thu.2/6/20VegasFlorida
Sat.2/8/20CarolinaVegas
Tue.2/11/20VegasMinnesota
Thu.2/13/20St. LouisVegas
Sat.2/15/20N.Y. IslandersVegas
Mon.2/17/20WashingtonVegas
Thu.2/20/20Tampa BayVegas
Sat.2/22/20FloridaVegas
Sun.2/23/20VegasAnaheim
Wed.2/26/20EdmontonVegas
Fri.2/28/20BuffaloVegas
Sun.3/1/20Los AngelesVegas
Tue.3/3/20New JerseyVegas
Fri.3/6/20VegasWinnipeg
Sun.3/8/20VegasCalgary
Mon.3/9/20VegasEdmonton
Thu.3/12/20VegasMinnesota
Sun.3/15/20VegasColorado
Tue.3/17/20DallasVegas
Wed.3/18/20VegasArizona
Sat.3/21/20DetroitVegas
Mon.3/23/20VancouverVegas
Wed.3/25/20ArizonaVegas
Sun.3/29/20VegasWinnipeg
Tue.3/31/20VegasEdmonton
Thu.4/2/20VegasCalgary
Sat.4/4/20VegasVancouver

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. 

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