As the reigning champions, every single road game this season will be a special occasion for the opposition. No matter how things are going, the Golden Knights will be a measuring stick game for every single team. Of the 41 road games this year, here are the five I’m looking forward to most.
5) November 14th, 2023 at Washington
The game itself is not all that exciting, or at least on paper it’s not. But, the Golden Knights have three days off before this game so it will almost certainly be their chance to visit the White House.
Politics aside, it’s always been a really neat tradition to see the champions of each league make the visit. It typically results in a funny comment or two from the sitting president and a chance to see the players a bit out of their element.
4) December 23rd, 2023 at Florida
One of the most memorable games in Golden Knights history was when the Capitals came to town the season after beating Vegas in the Cup Final. The emotion in the building was tremendous and there were expectedly some scores to settle from the series.
We all know the Golden Knights were clearly the better team and they really don’t have much to prove against the Panthers, but the same can’t be said for Florida. They’ll be buzzing in that game, which should make for a rare high-intensity regular season afternoon game in December.
3) January 10th, 2024 at Colorado
Remember how the Golden Knights felt after watching the Avalanche raise the Cup in 2022? Well, that same “we’re better than them” feeling is likely pulsating through the Avs this season.
Like VGK last season, Colorado has something to prove this year and there’s no better team to prove it against than the Golden Knights. When it comes to high-level, highly-skilled hockey games, this one should be one of the best of the year.
2) November 28th, 2023 at Edmonton
Since the Sharks fell into the pits of despair, we’ve been waiting for a rivalry to pop back up for the Golden Knights. After that playoff series, we’ve got one now. This is the first meeting of the season and there’s no doubt each team will want to send a message to the other.
If there’s one game on the schedule this season both of these teams really want to win, it’s this one.
1) January 1st, 2024 at Seattle (Winter Classic)
It’s much more about the pageantry of the event than it is about the hockey game. New gear and jerseys, pregame ceremonies, intermission concerts, you name it, the NHL rolls it all out for their signature event of the season.
The first outdoor game didn’t go so well for the Golden Knights, hopefully, this one is much more celebratory.