For the better part of a year and a half, the Golden Knights’ home building has rocked like it’s a playoff game every night. The raucous Vegas crowd aids their team when the Golden Knights are playing sluggish, or down a goal. It’s why home ice advantage can be important.
In Las Vegas it’s made a difference.
VGK Home Record:
"We win at home because of our fans. We show up for them because they show up for us." -Jonathan Marchessault
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) January 20, 2019
Several Golden Knights players have spoken about the advantage the atmosphere of the T-Mobile Arena and Vegas fans give them during a game. Players tell us all the time that playing in their home building gets them amped up before and during games. Well, it happens to the opposition as well.
It’s a cool atmosphere to play here. It’s easy to get up for it. We try to play our game and rise to that next level here. -Charlie Coyle, Wild forward
Is it possible that the nightly postseason atmosphere can have a reverse effect?
After their win against the Golden Knights, Wild players admitted they got a boost of energy playing in the T-Mobile Arena’s atmosphere. In fact, it may have helped them get back in the game and eventually win it. Nashville said the same.
It was a good win. Being here in Vegas it added a little extra. I mean it was still cool… You know the first one was a lot of fun but it’s always nice to have some family and friends in town. -Jason Zucker, MIN Forward
Head coach Bruce Boudreau spoke after the Wild’s victory but we could barely hear him because he had lost his voice.
It’s gone I don’t know where it is. I hope I find it by tomorrow. -Bruce Boudreau, MIN Coach
When asked about his players getting pumped up for games in Vegas, he snickered with his low voice and said they better.
They should. This is a tremendous atmosphere. And our crowd, the fans from Minnesota helped out. -Boudreau
Of course, it’s only a game or two and Vegas’ record at home is still tremendous. So as much as visiting teams enjoy playing in Vegas, the odds are still stacked against them. Especially when it matters. Vegas was 7-3 playing at home in the postseason last season, and I expect them to be as good this spring. So, Golden Knights shouldn’t worry about amping up other teams and continue to scream, shout, boo, and woooo, as loud as you can.