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Road To The Winter Classic Docuseries Returns To TNT

From all sorts of new gear to the prime TV slot on a holiday to the incredible experience for any fan who is lucky enough to attend the game, having your team selected for the Winter Classic comes with all sorts of perks for fans.

Another one of those perks was announced this morning by the NHL. The critically acclaimed Road To The Winter Classic docuseries is returning and of course, will feature the Golden Knights.

If you’ve never seen an episode of the show, it’s a must-watch for any hockey fan but even more so if it features your team.

The behind-the-scenes series has been a staple for hockey fans, offering engaging storylines and unrestricted access to the teams set to face off outdoors in the highly-anticipated event. -NHL Press Release

The series was first aired in 2010 leading up to the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. This year’s show will be the 10th season and the first full season of the show since 2019.

30-minute episodes will air on December 13th, 20th, 27th, and January 1st on TNT.

Golden Knights Largest Favorites In Franchise History Tonight Against San Jose

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The Golden Knights are no strangers to being heavy favorites, especially in home games. This season Vegas have been at least a -200 favorite in six of their 13 games, the most of any team in the NHL. Tonight though, it’s on another level.

At William Hill, the Golden Knights are currently -550 favorites over the San Jose Sharks. It’s the largest moneyline favorite the Golden Knights have ever been in any of their 557-game history as a franchise, and it’s not even particularly close.

The previous high was -440, a number the Golden Knights have hit twice. In 2021-22 Vegas were -440 in home games against the Sabres and Coyotes. Vegas have been at least -400 favorites on four occasions, they’ve won three of the four games.

2/1/22: -440 vs BUF (5-2 win)
4/9/22: -440 vs ARI (6-1 win)
11/17/22: -400 vs ARI (4-1 win)
3/23/19: -400 vs DET (3-2 loss)

VGK have been at least -300 favorites 15 times. Their record isn’t particularly great considering the expectation of lopsided contests. The Golden Knights are 9-6 in these games including a loss to San Jose in April of 2022.

2/12/23: -375 vs ANA (7-2 win)
10/27/23: -360 vs CHI (3-2 loss)
10/14/23: -355 vs ANA (4-1 win)
10/13/22: -355 vs CHI (1-0 win)
4/23/22: -340 vs SJS (5-4 loss)
3/1/20: -340 vs LAK (4-1 loss)
3/19/23: -335 vs CBJ (7-2 win)
1/20/22: -320 vs MTL (4-3 win)
10/17/19: -320 vs OTT (3-2 win)
4/18/22: -310 vs NJD (3-2 loss)
3/3/20: -310 vs NJD (3-0 win)
12/21/22: -305 vs ARI (5-2 win)
3/20/28: -305 vs VAN (4-1 win)
10/28/22: -300 vs ANA (4-0 win)
2/21/23: -300 at CHI (3-2 loss)

Tonight is the first foray into the land of -500 for Vegas. Next stop, -600, a place we’ve only seen a few times in NHL history, most recently when the Maple Leafs beat Chicago 5-2 in a February game in Toronto.

Golden Knights Still Not Getting Award Recognition

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It took 26 days and 13 games into the 2023-24 season before the defending Stanley Cup champions suffered their first regulation loss. The Golden Knights are currently on a 33-5-6 regular season run that dates back to the All Star break last year and they went 16-6 without facing a single elimination game en route to becoming the league’s undisputed best team.

Yet, when you take a peek at early projections for individual awards, there’s not a Golden Knight in sight.

ESPN today published their first edition of “NHL Awards Watch” in which Greg Wyshynski lists the current leader and a pair of finalists for each of the seven most significant individual awards. From Hart to Selke, Vezina to Byng there’s not a single Vegas player on the board.

This doesn’t mean the Golden Knights are off the radar though. Wyshynski has Bruce Cassidy as the leader for Jack Adams and includes a quote that will be music to all VGK fans’ ears.

No Vegas hangover here. The Golden Knights are a machine. Cassidy is working the controls masterfully. ‘Vegas is absolutely dominating to start the season, and if they keep it up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see back-to-back Cups,’ one voter said. -Greg Wyshysnki on ESPN.com

It’s weird, but the stats back up the odd phenomenon of Vegas being the best team in the league yet without a single individual player standing out amongst his peers.

Vegas’ highest point scorer, William Karlsson ranks 10th in the NHL. The leading goal scorer, Jack Eichel, is tied for 17th. Adin Hill is 2nd in save percentage but he’s just 7th in both goals against average and goals saved above expected.

When we turn to the gambling odds at William Hill, we see much of the same. The first name to appear on the Hart Trophy (MVP) odds is Jack Eichel at 75:1, the 17th favorite to win the award. Adin Hill ranks 11th in Vezina at 28:1, and Shea Theodore is 16th at 50:1 for Norris.

Meanwhile, the Golden Knights have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup (+600) and are the runaway leaders to boast the Presidents Trophy at +300 (no one else is under +500).

What it all means is that Vegas truly is a team. They have excellent players up and down the lineup but aren’t reliant on any of them.

VGK TV Ratings Through The Roof On New Scripps Sports Channel

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When the Golden Knights announced their new TV deal with Scripps Sports, there were many questions from the fan base. From streaming to over-the-air to cable, you name it, fans in Vegas were concerned with how they’d be able to watch their favorite team play.

A little more than a month into Scripps’ first season, every single one of those questions has been answered and the new deal has been a smashing success.

Scripps Sports is available to every household in the valley via the over-the-air signal, it was picked up and activated by all cable providers before the first preseason game, and the new streaming service, KnightTime+, launched and worked out any kinks well before Opening Night.

Simply put, it’s good to be a Golden Knights fan, and they are proving it.

According to a recent press release from Scripps, ratings for the first five locally broadcast Golden Knights games are up 135% compared to VGK games on ESPN and TNT last season.

The reigning NHL Stanley Cup champions are drawing an average 8.5 household rating in Las Vegas, according to Comscore data. The Golden Knights games, which broadcast on Scripps’ new independent station Vegas 34 (KMCC), were played on Oct. 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21. The highest-rated game was Oct. 21 against Dallas (10.5 rating). -Scripps Press Release

For comparison sake, in 2017-18, VGK’s inaugural season, they had an average rating of 1.87. The numbers started off much higher with an early preseason game pulling a 5.0. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final that year delivered an 11.1 rating. Yes, that’s right, a random regular season game against Dallas a few weeks ago almost matched one of the most historic games in the history of this sport.

The numbers jumped significantly in Year 2 to an average of 3.4. The highest game that year was a Tuesday night affair with Buffalo that drew a 4.7. In the playoffs, the Golden Knights vs Sharks series capped out at 11.1.

No matter how you slice it, the Golden Knights have become can’t-miss TV every single night on Scripps Sports. Obviously, you can thank the giant banner hanging in the rafters that says Stanley Cup Champions on it, but you can also thank Scripps Sports, who have made VGK games easier than ever to watch.

“Vegas: Home Of Champions” Book Available For Purchase Now!

Las Vegas has always been home to the greatest fans and now it’s officially home to the best hockey team in the world!

To celebrate this monumental achievement, compiled a once-in-a-lifetime collectible item that honors those who cheer for the team we all love.

Introducing “Vegas: Home of Champions,” a collection of stories written by fans about their love and adoration for the Vegas Golden Knights.

The book is free to everyone electronically. You can read the entire book on our printer’s website. Click here.

Physical hard-copy covers of the book are available now for $39.99.

Download your e-book copy now by right-clicking the link below.

Click to access Vegas-Home-Of-Champions-eBook.pdf

Stanley Cup Visit Completes Dying Wish Of Golden Knights Fan

On June 10th, 2021, the Golden Knights dispatched the Colorado Avalanche in a thrilling 6-3 victory that sent Vegas on to the Western Conference Final for the third time in four years. One of the 18,149 people at T-Mobile Arena that night was Michael Bronowitz, a devoted Golden Knights fan who celebrated his 51st birthday at one of his favorite places on the planet.

Michael, who moved to Las Vegas in 2011, grew up a New York Rangers fan and promised he’d bleed blue forever. His first Golden Knights jersey was #24, Oscar Lindberg, the expansion draft pick from the Rangers, because he wanted to represent both teams.

But like many, the Golden Knights sucked him in and wouldn’t let him go. The magic of the inaugural season captivated Michael like it did most of Las Vegas and he became as ardent a supporter of the team as you could find. Michael was a mainstay in Section 18 of T-Mobile Arena, constantly chatting up anyone he could to talk about their shared love for the Golden Knights.

Three days after he watched his favorite team advance, Bronowitz tested positive for COVID-19. He passed away a few days later.

One of the final things Michael said to his wife Connie was “If anything should happen to me, and the Golden Knights win the Cup, you have to bring it to my grave.” Like any loving spouse, Connie took that to heart, and when the Golden Knights hoisted Lord Stanley almost two years to the date later, she knew it was her time to fulfill one of Michael’s final wishes.

That’s not exactly the easiest task to complete though. The 130-year-old trophy is one of the most in-demand items on the face of the planet. To make it happen, someone would have to take away a chunk of their precious little time with the Cup to bring it to Bunker Memorial Gardens Cemetary in the northern part of Las Vegas.

Enter Vegas Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz. On September 8th, as part of his day with the Cup that included a trip to UMC Hospital and the Henderson Police Department, Bubolz personally delivered the Cup to Michael’s grave.

The Golden Knights’ iconic John Wick Mode entry music blared from a speaker as Bubolz carried the Cup through the cemetery. He set it down at the head of Michael’s grave and a photo of Michael in his favorite Golden Knights hat was placed inside the bowl of the Cup.

Because of the restrictions at the hospital, I was unable to see Michael in his final days. Those were some of the last words he ever spoke to me. I took them very seriously, and to be able to grant him this wish is one of the proudest moments of my life. -Connie Bronowitz

Michael’s was not the only grave the Cup visited on Bubolz’s day either. He also brought it to that of legendary Las Vegas figure and Golden Knights superfan Kenny Lee who passed in a car crash in November 2022.

This is what sports are all about. The bond that has been created between the Golden Knights and the city of Las Vegas is undeniable.

Michael Bronowitz and Kenny Lee are now champions.

Kerry Bubolz is a champion.

The Golden Knights are champions.

Guess That Golden Knight: Edition 2

It’s time for Edition 2 of Las Vegas’ favorite game! (If you missed Edition 1, click here.)

Every answer is a current or former Golden Knight. To see the answers, click the picture OR “click to reveal.”

Answer: Click To Reveal

Jonathan Marchessault

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Laurent Brossoit

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Shea Theodore

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Colin Miller

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