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Carp: Knights Will Be Tested On Big Apple Road Trip

**Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Famer, Steve Carp’s returns to for the 2019-20 season. His weekly column publishes every Sunday during the Golden Knights season and is brought to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm.**

NEW YORK — When the NHL schedule came out last July and the Golden Knights were on the docket for three games in the New York metropolitan area, two things jumped out at me:

One, the Knights were going to have to go to Long Island for the first time when they played the Islanders on Dec. 5 after playing in Brooklyn the first two seasons.

Two, this was a trip I wanted to try and make.

Second things first. I’m here amid the cold, the rain and the snow for the entire week. And yes, the game at Nassau Coliseum Thursday became the toughest of the three, which you couldn’t say was the case back in July.

My initial thought was the Devils game Tuesday in Newark would be the toughest for Vegas. New Jersey had significantly upgraded its roster. It had the No. 1 overall draft pick in Jack Hughes. Hell, the Devs even snagged Nikita Gusev from the Knights and there was a lot of hand-wringing among the SinBinners that Gusev was going to emerge as a superstar in Jersey and replace Filip Forsberg as George McPhee’s biggest gaffe as a hockey executive.

The Rangers? They’re on a youth kick, though veteran center Mika Zibanejad has had some nice games against the Knights. Still, the Knights had won in Madison Square Garden before and they figured to put enough offensive pressure against the Blueshirts’ defense corps and get a couple pucks past Henrik Lundqvist (if he plays), or more likely Alexandar Georgiev. Plus a matchup between the pipes of The King vs. Marc-Andre Fleury, both of who are headed to the Hall of Fame, would be worth the flight to the Big Apple.

As for the Islanders, I thought they would regress after last year’s amazing turnaround, especially losing goalie Robin Lehner, who was nothing short of outstanding. Of the three games, I thought this would be the best chance for the Knights to pick up two points on the trip.

That was my thought process back in July. Obviously, things have unfolded quite a bit differently since to change my mind.

The Devils may be the NHL’s biggest disappointment. The Rangers are inconsistent and despite having a winning record, struggle to finish games.

The Islanders? They figure to be the toughest opponent on the Knights’ three-game roadie which begins Monday at Madison Square Garden with the Rangers and continues Tuesday in Newark against the Devils. And not just because they’re currently the best of the three teams the Knights will face, their building is a bitch to play in.

Mat Barzal, the Isles’ all-star center, said while the team has had success both in Brooklyn and at the Coliseum, he admits the vibe is a little different at the place Islander fans call “Fort Neverlose.”

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It took quite a while for whatever was happening on the ice to look like a hockey game, but when it did it was clear which team was better. Vegas scored first with a Cody Eakin goal on a slick no-look chip in by Alex Tuch, then Brandon Pirri does what he always does scoring his seventh in eight games. Jonathan Marchessault got on the board with the Golden Knights third goal, his first in seven games. New York finally struck back in the 3rd breaking up the shutout, but the game was in hand all the way for the Golden Knights’ seventh straight.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Nate Schmidt, Ryan Reaves, and Marc-Andre Fleury in quite possibly the funniest interview ever.

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** Brandon Pirri
* Jon Merrill


The Golden Knights controlled the puck for all but about 10 seconds of the first three minutes of the game, yet somehow New York scored and drew a penalty during that time. Vegas stormed back though with a pair of goals of their own starting with a shot from Colin Miller that bounced off the glass and back into the crease and Reilly Smith put it home. The Rangers tied it again in the 2nd, but William Carrier created a turnover and then scored a return feed on an odd-man rush. A quick strike saw the score tied for a third time and eventually, it stayed that way into OT. An odd-man rush with Paul Stastny and Alex Tuch broke out and Stastny fed Tuch for the game-winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden

  • Oscar Lindberg: Lineup wrecker (because he’s been good)

Three Stars
*** William Carrier
** Henrik Lundqvist
* Alex Tuch


In front of one of the loudest and most juiced up crowds of the year (highest attendance of the year) the Rangers struck first in the 1st period. Vegas was able to answer with one of their own from James Neal. The 2nd went scoreless. The Golden Knights grabbed the lead with a beautiful Reilly Smith cross-ice pass to William Karlsson, who never misses an open net. Fleury was tremendous down the stretch of the 3rd and the Golden Knights were able to win their 29th game and record their 60th point in the first half of the season.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • A deeper dive into the insanity (or not) of William Karlsson’s shooting percentage.
  • Expansion Draft Report Card – Midterm, Year 1 (Postponed until after the deadline. There were not as many changes as expected by this point to publish another one. The next report card will come in early March. )

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* William Karlsson


The Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead and extended it to 4-2 heading into the 2nd intermission. But then everything crumbled as a pair of penalties by David Perron sparked a four-goal barrage by the Rangers. Vegas drops its second in a row to start the six-game road trip.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Three Stars

***Reilly Smith
** Pavel Buchnevich
* Mika Zibanejad

Replay: In The Bin – Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers (Guest: Jesse Granger)

SinBinVegas is on Mixlr

Starting at 3:45 we will be live watching the game providing commentary in a way only can for a Golden Knights game.

You can listen here or you can download the Mixlr app.

**Thanks to Jesse Granger from the Las Vegas Sun for being the guinea pig on tonight’s “In The Bin” maiden voyage.**

Miss it? Here’s the replay. We’ll be back at it Thursday night for the game in Boston.  Same place, same time, new guest.

No 2018 Winter Classic At West Point, But That Won’t Stop Vegas From Visiting

During the entire Winter Classic today I couldn’t get my mind off the thought of someday watching the Vegas Golden Knights play in the NHL’s regular season gem. A while back we explored the idea of the Golden Knights being the away team at a game at West Point against the New York Rangers.

Well, it’s time to let that dream die… at least for 2018. The Creator confirmed the organization did indeed explore the possibility of playing a game at the home of the United States Army, but its not suitable for an NHL game at the moment.

The West Point rink doesn’t have NHL standard glass. The glass isn’t flexible. No (other) plans on the Winter Classic. -The Creator

However, his plans to bring his new team to the school he holds so near and dear to his heart are not going down because of some rigid glass.

We are going to have a day trip to West Point during an East Coast swing so the players can experience the institution.

So, no Winter Classic at West Point, no preseason game there, and no other discussions about Vegas playing in the 2018 Winter Classic anywhere else at this point. But that trip to West Point is going to be amazing for everyone involved.

Fingers crossed there’s an extra spot on the Foley VGK jet for a certain media member/blogger/me to experience it and share it with you as well.

Las Vegas In Winter Classic 2018 At West Point? Yes Please

**There is an update to this story.**

There have been multiple reports of the 2018 Winter Classic game being played at West Point with the New York Rangers as one of the participants.

The Rangers however must be the away team as their agreement with Madison Square Garden forbids them to give up a home game. Enter Las Vegas. There’s an obvious connection with The Creator to his alma mater, but the idea makes sense beyond that.

The NHL wants to do all it can to highlight Las Vegas in its first season, and aside from opening night, which will almost certainly be a Vegas home game, the Winter Classic is the premier slot. There is this problem though…

We would love to be involved in an outdoor game, but we wouldn’t give up a home date to do it. –The Creator to the LVRJ

My question, why not? At this very moment season ticket holders are beginning the process of selecting their seats for the inaugural season at T-Mobile Arena. The plan is for the team to play four preseason games and 41 regular season games in the building. But if there’s ever been a team in a position to give up a home game without the ire of their fan base it’s this one.

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Mock Expansion Draft – Protected Players – New York Rangers

The first step to our mock draft is to establish the list of players that will be available for the Las Vegas franchise to draft. To do this, we decided to have a blogger from each team represent their own franchise and select the players that will be protected from the Mock Expansion Draft available player pool. To see the rules which were followed to protect players, hit this link.

Next up, we have the New York Rangers. The Rangers are being represented by Joe Fortunato from

Protected Players

The entire list of unprotected players that will be available for Team Lane and Team Pothier to select from can be found here.

To see more team explanations just like this one, check out The Sin Bin Mock Expansion Draft Landing Page.

Special thanks again to Joe Fortunato from Be sure to follow @blueshirtbanter on Twitter, and heck, throw us (@SinBinVegas) a follow too while you’re at it.

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