Opposing teams used to think it was cute that the Golden Knights are good, now that it’s gone on for half the season, they’ve turned to being angry about it. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It should come as no surprise that teams are starting to look at the Golden Knights a little differently than they did three months ago. Everyone expected Vegas to be a standard expansion team, terrible. But they aren’t. Instead, they are one of the best teams in the NHL and all the winning is starting to bring out the competitive juices from a few division rivals.

There’s no way they are going to be a better team than us by the end of the season. -Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings defenseman

They get lucky. (Laughter) They played us much better in Anaheim than they did tonight. Ask me that question again at the end of the year. -Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks Coach

That’s a lot different than what it sounded like earlier in the year…

I don’t think anyone expected them to be that good coming into the league. They played a fast game, they seem to all be on the same page. I think they’ve got a good team. –Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman on October 24th

Yeah I was saying at game’s end they have a good quick team they have some nice skill, they don’t give you a whole lot of off the rush, and their goalie made some timely saves. -Paul Maurice, Jets Head coach on November 10th

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