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Everything About The Golden Knights Winter Classic Jerseys

The sweaters the Golden Knights will don when they take the ice outdoors at T-Mobile Park in Seattle have officially been unveiled.

Drawing inspiration from the Wild West and cowboy era of the 1910s, Vegas’ Winter Classic jersey’s colors reflect the time period with the vintage white base, a deeper and richer gold used in the piping, and the felt fabric in the logo. Piping details in the center crest and numbers are inspired by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point uniforms, the alma mater of Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley. On the collar of the jersey, there are seven stars to represent the Golden Knights’ seventh season as a franchise. -Golden Knights Press Release

The Golden Knights will wear gloves that recall the brown leather look of hockey’s past, which is something other teams like the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers have also incorporated into their recent outdoor looks. –Greg Wyshysnki on

As is tradition with NHL jerseys, there are Easter eggs built into the back neck collar. Vegas has seven stars in the back neck to mark Jan. 1, 2024, as the first day of the seventh year of the Golden Knights franchise. –Greg Wyshysnki on

A “very limited number” of jerseys are available now at Golden Knights official team shops. Other Winter Classic merchendise is also available now online and will be available this week at SportsTown in Downtown Summerlin.

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.

Why Have The Golden Knights Struggled When Playing In Front Of An Empty Net?

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The Golden Knights have hit a bit of a snag after getting off to a torrid start to the season. Following the record-setting 11-game point streak to open their Cup-defending season, Vegas has dropped five of their last seven games.

In many of the games they’ve lost, the same problem has cropped up. Finishing. The Golden Knights generate plenty of dangerous looks, but just can’t seem to convert enough of them to get on the right side of the scoreboard. For a team as talented, and with a history of success, as the Golden Knights, there is not much room for concern when that is the issue. Eventually, as long as they keep generating those chances, they’ll start going in again and Vegas will return to their winning ways.

There is however one particular portion of the game in which the scoring chances have not been there, and it has been a significant contributor to why the Golden Knights have not been able to erase deficits late in games.

This season the Golden Knights have been forced to pull their goalie for the extra skater at the end of a game on four separate occasions. In all four instances, the same two results have occurred. First, the Golden Knights did not land a single shot on goal, and second, the other team scored into Vegas’ empty net.

In those four games, the Golden Knights have played 3:44 of time with an extra skater. They have generated just four shot attempts and amassed a measly 0.09 expected goals. To illustrate how poor these numbers are, if you extrapolate them to a 60 minute game, that would mean 64 shot attempts and 1.45 expected goals. Those numbers would be rough at 5-on-5, let alone with a 6th skater on the ice.

So, what’s going on? Why is it so bad?

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Should VGK Feel Slighted In Latest Power Rankings?

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This week a fresh drop of NHL Power Rankings were released by hockey outlets across the league. While some decided to get cute with their lists, others stuck to the script and properly ranked the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Some had the Golden Knights as the second-best team in the NHL while other sneerers dropped the Cup champs outside of the Top 3.

Even more surprising was the aggregated computer model calculations.

Let’s start with one of the biggest advocates for the Golden Knights repeat run. League partner ESPN wasn’t afraid to hold their ground and continue to consider Vegas as the best club in the West.

ESPN: VGK #2 (BOS #1)

Vegas has been almost entirely healthy to start this season — and frankly, that’s a surprise. Has any team dealt with compounding injuries like the Golden Knights’ in seasons past? In the early going this season, Vegas is at basically full strength — and holds a top spot in the standings to prove it. –Kristen Shilton on

You can always rely on to rank all 32 franchises with reason. As opposed to some of the skeptic outlets, the league site doesn’t overreact after one week on the schedule. VGK #2 (BOS #1)

There might not be a team that has more to be thankful for than the Golden Knights. They are the reigning Stanley Cup champions after fulfilling owner Bill Foley’s bold goal to win their first championship by the end of their sixth season. Following a summer of celebrating, getting their Stanley Cup rings, raising their championship banner and visiting the White House on Monday, it’s clear the Golden Knights are not satisfied. Vegas is tied with the Vancouver Canucks atop the Western Conference with 25 points despite losing three of its past four games. The Golden Knights continue to have one of the deepest teams in the NHL with 19 players who have scored at least one goal, including 10 who have scored at least three, led by William Karlsson (eight), Jack Eichel (seven) and Jonathan Marchessault (seven). And they have one of the best goalie tandems in the League with Adin Hill (8-1-1, 2.07 goals-against average, .928 save percentage, two shutouts) and Logan Thompson (5-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .925 save percentage). –

The Hockey News is another consistent network that is rarely alarmed by one skid of mediocre performances. THN commonly has the same state of mind as ESPN and

The Hockey News: VGK #2 (BOS #1)

When you’re at the top, the only way to go is down. The only way the Knights could maintain the No. 1 spot is if they were nearly flawless, but instead, they’ve lost three of their past four, including their first-ever shutout loss to the Caps. –Jason Chen on

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Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping to bounce back Sunday in Pittsburgh after falling to Philadelphia on Saturday in overtime. The hometown Penguins quickly took the lead 2:13 into the game. Vegas was forced to kill off two Nic Hague penalties and went into the first intermission trailing 1-0.

Pittsburgh doubled their lead midway through the middle frame. The reigning Stanley Cup champions had multiple chances on net in the period but couldn’t get on the scoreboard.

Vegas outshot Pittsburgh and tried to close in during the final period but they couldn’t find the back of the net. The Penguins defense swept every puck away from their net and frustrated the Golden Knights’ offensive weapons. Late in the frame, Pittsburgh capped the game with an empty net goal.

The Golden Knights record drops to 13-4-2 losing to the Penguins 3-0 in Pittsburgh. Vegas will get chance to rest over the next two days and prepare for the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. Puck drop in Dallas is scheduled for 6:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It’s rare that the opposing team is clearly better than the Golden Knights on any given night. That was the case in Pittsburgh tonight. VGK just didn’t have the solutions to the questions the Penguins were throwing at them in the defensive zone. Second-time shutout in four games. Not great. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights headed to Philly looking to sweep the season series with the Flyers. Despite Vegas having a number of good chances the only goal in the 1st period was a power play strike by the Flyers.

An action-packed 2nd included a major penalty, a lengthy 5-on-3, and a bunch of goals. A second power play goal gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead. William Karlsson cut into it quickly with a transition goal. Then, Chandler Stephenson took a major penalty for a cross-check and was ejected from the game. The Golden Knights killed the 5-minute penalty and eventually tied the game with a goal from Jonathan Marchessault. Philadelphia took the lead back briefly, but Marchessault scored again with the two-man advantage. The score was tied at the end of two.

No one could crack the code in the 3rd period as both teams had dangerous looks and power play opportunities.

In overtime, the Golden Knights got a great look in the slot from Jack Eichel, but he rang it off the post. The Flyers scored the game-winner shortly after on the other end.

The Golden Knights record falls to 13-3-2 after losing to the Flyers 4-3 in overtime. Next, Vegas continues their road trip with a back-to-back tomorrow afternoon in Pittsburgh. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 PM. (Recap by Ken)

Analysis: Another wacky game on a road trip of wacky games. VGK looked good in the offensive zone early in the game but just couldn’t bury any chances. Issues in the neutral zone and on the PK gave the Flyers chances and eventually a two-goal lead. Vegas corrected those answers and appeared like they were going to come back to win the game, but a funky OT period went the wrong way. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to bounce back in Montreal after their 3-0 road loss to the Washington Capitals. Vegas came out firing the puck right out of the gate. William Karlsson and Michael Amadio had several quality chances, but the Canadiens kept the puck out of their net. Montreal went on to score twice in a span of a few minutes. After the opening 20 minutes, the Stanley Cup champions trailed 2-0.

Brett Howden cut the lead in half early in the frame with a shorthanded goal. Minutes later the Canadiens regained their two-goal edge, but Brayden McNabb got it right back :18 later. Jonathan Marchessault evened the score by snapping his scoreless streak although Montreal took a 4-3 advantage in the following seconds. Defenseman Shea Theodore scored on a late-period power play to tie the game before the second intermission.

Both teams had chances in the final frame but neither could find the back of the net. In the final minutes of the game the Golden Knights were awarded a four-minute power play which they quickly took advantage of. First Jack Eichel gave Vegas their first lead of the game and Mark Stone added an insurance goal over a minute to go. The Canadiens got one back but the Golden Knights were able to kill off the final :53 seconds.

The Golden Knights record improves to 13-3-1 after defeating the Canadiens 6-5 in Montreal. Next, Vegas continues their road trip to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Flyers on Saturday morning. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 AM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: An absolutely wacky game saw the Golden Knights dominate the advanced stats in the 1st period but exit down a pair of goals. Then, the 2nd period was a goal fest despite not getting nearly as good of chances. In the 3rd, VGK’s offense dried back up but a late penalty saved them and the game as Eichel buried a shot. Not sure what to take from that game. (Analysis by Ken)

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Veteran Clapped Back At Bruce Cassidy On The Bench Last Season In Support Of Michael Amadio

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When Bruce Cassidy was let go as head coach of the Boston Bruins, one of the biggest critiques of his coaching style was how harsh he was on players. There were many stories from Bruins, especially younger players, that they never felt they could please the coach.

In Vegas, it’s not hard to get a sense of where that criticism comes from. Cassidy’s blunt honesty with the media can come across as a bit harsh when directed at a specific player. And, if he’s saying it publicly, there’s a pretty good chance he’s telling them directly too.

There have been multiple examples of Cassidy asking for more consistency out of Paul Cotter, he’s mentioned Phil Kessel’s defensive shortcomings in more than one press conference, and then there was the notorious “Plan E” comment about Michael Amadio getting the place on a line with Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson.

Obviously, Cassidy’s straightforward approach has resonated with the Golden Knights as it led to each and every one of them seeing their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.

A story shared by Gary Lawless on the VGK Radio Network during the 2nd period of Tuesday night’s game is a strong example of why.

We’ve heard players tell stories about how Bruce would be chirping at Michael (Amadio) on the bench in the beginning of the season and finally, one of the veterans turned around to him and said ‘Hey, leave him alone. Pick on me, pick on somebody else.’ Bruce said afterward, ‘You know maybe they think I’m going to be mad because they yelled back at me. No. It shows they’re a team, they are looking after one of the younger guys. I like that. It lets me know they are coming together.’ -Lawless on VGK Radio Network

It’s an interesting glimpse into not only Cassidy’s coaching style, but also the togetherness of the Golden Knights as a team. No matter how established you are in the league, clapping back at a coach in defense of a young player bouncing in and out of the lineup is a gutsy move.

There’s always a debate over what comes first, team chemistry or winning. Obviously, after winning the Stanley Cup together, chemistry in the Golden Knights locker room is at an all-time high. However, this story of a veteran sticking up for Amadio shows that bond goes back long before they won their 16th playoff game. Podcast #301: Social Media Influencers

As the Golden Knights hit the road we chat about the recent downturn in results. Plus, the Golden Knights went to the White House. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

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  • VGK have hit a bit of a snag
  • Which players are underperforming?
  • Who comes out if Stephenson and Roy go back in?
  • White House visit
  • “I am the worst.”

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Recap: The Golden Knights traveled east for a five-game road trip beginning in Washington. The opening period was disrupted by multiple penalties by Vegas. Washington opened the scoring late in the period to carry a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

Vegas went down a man in the middle frame after Paul Cotter was ejected for a check to the head misconduct. Vegas successfully killed off Cotter’s five-minute major but their offense couldn’t get going. After 40 minutes the Capitals held on to a 1-0 lead.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions continued to miss opportunities in the final frame and failed to come up with the tying goal. The Capitals tacked on two insurance goals in the final minute to seal the game.

The Golden Knights record drops to 12-3-1 losing 3-0 to the Capitals. Vegas will next face the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Puck drop against the Canadiens is set for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights had every sort of chance you can possibly create in a hockey game. They just couldn’t execute any of them to beat Charlie Lindgren. For all the games where VGK felt they didn’t play their best and won, this is one where they played pretty darn well and lost. (Analysis by Ken)

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