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Golden Knights Soaring Up Power Rankings

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Recently the Golden Knights have hit the skids a bit, dropping three straight to less than perfect opponents. Prior to that though the Stone Age began with a terrific 10-1-1 start. The hockey world is starting to take notice.

Throughout the majority of the year, Vegas has rarely found itself inside the top 10 in the various major media Power Rankings. However, with the recent surge people are starting to believe again.

Yahoo – 2
NBC Sports – 3
Sportsnet – 5
CBS – 5
SI – 6
ESPN – 10
Buffalo News – 11
Toronto Sun – 10

National media are starting to really buy in on the Golden Knights, and why not? The recent losing streak has been without Marc-Andre Fleury, Max Pacioretty, and Brandon Pirri. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Shea Theodore have missed games as well, but when healthy, the Golden Knights look primed and ready to take another run at the Western Conference banner.

For me, the Golden Knights would be 3rd, behind Tampa Bay and Boston. Going through San Jose, Calgary, and whoever makes it out of the Central is going to be tough, but for my money, Vegas should be favored in every series until the Final.

Understandably people are a bit nervous with the way they’ve looked against Detroit, St. Louis, and Colorado, but this is no time to panic. The light switch needs to flip back on by the time April 10th rolls around.

I’m confident it will, and it seems like much of the world is too.

Power Ranking Index; VGK #1 In Two Of Nine

Remember when Jon Merrill scored that game-winner? That was awesome. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Golden Knights became the first team in the Western Conference, and joined the Tampa Bay Lighting as the only teams in the NHL, to reach 80 points. Vegas maintained its 10 point lead in the Pacific Division and continue chugging along towards not just a playoff berth, but possibly home-ice advantage throughout.

With the consistent, sustainable, success the Golden Knights have finally appeared to have broken through the glass ceiling of national media belief. Check out the latest power rankings from around the US and Canada.

ESPN – #1
Sports Illustrated – #1 – #2
USA Today – #2
CBS Sports – #3
Sportsnet – #5
NBC Sports – #6
The Hockey News – #6
Yahoo – #8

Viva Vegas! We love that you are making us all look like fools and giving us a fun story to write about. -Luke Fox, Sportsnet

Then there’s Yahoo…

In the last month, Vegas is 7-5-2 and needed a few miracles to get that far. They’ve also won just one of their last four home games. If you’re wondering about anyone having developed a cure for the Vegas Flu, that seems fair and reasonable. -Ryan Lambert, Yahoo

Right, the team stinks now because they had a 14 game stretch of point per game hockey. Guess there always has to be one outlier.

Nonetheless, two top spots, two more second places, and every single ranking in the top eight is pretty darn impressive.

We just can’t wait for playoff time to see what they’re really about. -Cody Benjamin,

What they’re really about… (Eye roll emoji)

Golden Knights Stake Claim In Top Five Of Most Power Rankings

Three weeks ago the Golden Knights found themselves atop the Power Rankings from a certain four-letter TV network/website. Number one in the league after three weeks of hockey.

This team’s good. Everyone’s going to have to start living with it. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

We mostly ignored it because it seemed like a bit of a click grab and honestly, it felt like they were number one just so websites like would write a story about it. But now we’re done ignoring power rankings because even though the Golden Knights don’t hold the top spot, their spot among the top five is legitimately warranted.

Check it out, here’s where the Vegas Golden Knights rank in the seven most popular news outlets that publish weekly (or close) power rankings.

USA Today – 3rd
TSN – 3rd
NBC Sports/Yahoo – 4th
CBS Sports – 5th
The Hockey News – 6th
Sports Illustrated – 7th
ESPN – 10th

Here are just a couple of the blurbs that went along with them.

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