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Chasing Franchise Records Down The Stretch

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Golden Knights have 12 games left in the regular season, one that could go down in history as their winningest ever. Currently sitting at 92 points, VGK need to collect 17 more points to tie the 2017-18 team that finished with 109. That’s just one of many potential franchise highs the team and individuals on it can set.

Team Records

Record – 109 (17-18)
Current – 92

Need: 9 wins would clinch the most points in team history. They could also go 8-3-1, 7-2-3, or 6-1-5 to tie.

Record – 51 (17-18)
Current – 43

Need: 8 to tie, 9 to break the record.

Record – 268 (17-18)
Current – 227

Need: 41 goals requires the Golden Knights to average 3.41 per game. This season, VGK are currently averaging 3.24. The goals per game record is 3.39, which was set in 2020-21 (the 56-game season).

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Golden Knights 2017-18 Season Already In 94th Percentile In NHL History, Could Reach 97th Percentile

The Golden Knights head into tonight’s game with 109 points looking to push that total to 111 and eventually 113 with another win in Calgary on Saturday. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we wanted to take a moment to show how unbelievable reaching 109 points is on its own… then, of course, we’ll project ahead.

In the 100 years the NHL has been around, there have been a total of 1,506 seasons teams have competed in, including teams from this year. Only 89 other teams have ever reached 109 points. That means the inaugural season of the Golden Knights already ranks in the 94th percentile of all NHL seasons in the history of NHL. In fact, it’s tied for the 75th best regular season in NHL history, and the Golden Knights have two games to go.

It took Vegas less than a year to do what Toronto couldn’t in 100. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Six teams, the Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Kings, Wild, and Maple Leafs have never reached 109 points in a regular season.

But that’s just the here and now, we’ve still got games to watch tonight and Saturday, so, let’s look forward. There are five possible outcomes over the next two games for the Golden Knights. They can earn 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0 points which would see them finish their season with 113, 112, 111, 110, or 109 points. Here’s what each of those would look like compared to all other seasons played in NHL history.

PointsNHL RankNHL PercentileTeams Never To Reach
*Winnipeg (110) and Tampa Bay (110) are currently at their record highs. Both have 2 games left so they can reach up to 114.

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First 3-0 Expansion Team: By The Numbers

Dominance. Didn’t think we’d be saying that three games in. (Photo by Brandon Andreasen)

In three games, the Vegas Golden Knights are 3-0, have scored 9 goals, allowed 4, and collected 6 points. The 31st franchise has made history on the ice and in the record books. Let’s break down the numbers.

  • First expansion team to start 3-0
  • Fastest expansion team to score first home goal
    • 1st Period 2:31 (Thomas Nosek)
  • First expansion team to allow 4 goals or less in first three games
  • First expansion team to win an overtime game in first three games
  • Most SOG (100) for expansion team in first three games
  • Least PIM (22) for expansion team in first three games
  • Least Power Plays goals (1) given up in first three games
  • Best Penalty Kill (90%) for expansion team in the first three games

James Neal

  • Neal’s 5 goals in three games is second most by one expansion player (6G Chris Kontos-TBL)
  • Neal’s 5 goals in three games is the most in his career
  • Neal’s 11 shots in three games is the most by an expansion player to score multiple goals

Marc-Andre Fleury

  • Fleury’s 4 goals allowed is the least for an expansion goaltender in first three starts
  • Fleury’s .960 Save % is highest for expansion team in first three games
  • Fleury’s 4 goals allowed in first three starts is the least in his career

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