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Examining The 2023-24 Schedule

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The road to go back-to-back is set.

The NHL released the Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights’ full schedule for the 2023-24 season and we’re here to break it down. (Scroll to the bottom to see full schedule)

  • Longest Homestand
    • 2023-24:  5 games
      • 1/11-1/20
    • 2022-23: 7 games
      • 1/5-1/21 (3-4-0)
    • 2021-22: 6 games (twice)
      • 11/9-11/20 (5-1-0)
      • 12/31-1/11 (3-3-2) *This was originally scheduled as a 6-game homestand but a rescheduled away game turned it into 8*
    • 2021: 5 games
      • 1/26-2/11 (3-1-1)
    • 2019-20: 7 games
      • 12/28-1/11 (4-3-0)
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/16-10/28 (3-1-1)
    • 2017-18: 7 games (twice)
      • 10/10-10/27 (6-1-0)
      • 2/11-2/23 (5-2-0)
  • Longest Road Trip
    • 2023-24: 5 games
      • 11/14-11/22
    • 2022-23:  6 games
      • 1/22-2/9 (2-2-2)
    • 2021-22: 5 games
      • 3/8-3/15 (0-5-0)
    • 2021: 6 games
      • 3/5-3/13 (4-2-0)
    • 2019-20: 8 games
      • 1/14-2/6 (4-3-1)
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/6-10/13 (2-3-0)
    • 2017-18: 6 games (twice)
      • 10/30-11/7 (1-4-1)
      • 1/30-2/8 (4-2-0)

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Last Chance To Beat Up On A Tired Opponent

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When the Seattle Kraken take the ice tonight, they’ll be playing the second half of their eighth back-to-back this season. That’s the second-lowest total of any team in the NHL.

The team with the least… the Vegas Golden Knights.

Vegas has had one of the most favorable schedules in terms of rest of any team in the NHL this season. The Golden Knights not only had just seven back-to-backs this year, but they also faced 15 teams playing their second game of a back-to-back. Only five other teams have had more.

Tonight’s 15th game will give the Golden Knights a chance to clinch the division (with some help from Colorado) and lock in home-ice for the first two rounds of the playoffs.

However, the Golden Knights haven’t been great playing against teams on a back-to-back. They’ve won just four of the first 14 in regulation and added three more in OT. The seven losses saw just two go past regulation giving VGK a 7-5-2 record in games against tired teams.

VGK’s record when they were on the back-to-back was also not great this season coming in at 2-2-3. As HockeyViz.com points out, in four of those seven games, the other team was on a back-to-back of their own as well. Vegas went 1-1-2 in those four.

All the Golden Knights can do is play the schedule in front of them, but there’s been no doubt the schedule makers helped out quite a bit this year.

If the Golden Knights can take advantage of it one more time, they’ll likely have carved out a slight advantage in the first few rounds of the playoffs too.

Examining The 2022-23 Schedule

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The next nine months of our lives are officially set!

The NHL released the Golden Knights’ full schedule for the 2022-23 season and we’re here to break it down. (Scroll to the bottom to see full schedule)

  • Longest Homestand
    • 2022-23: 7 games
      • 1/5-1/21
    • 2021-22: 6 games (twice)
      • 11/9-11/20 (5-1-0)
      • 12/31-1/11 (3-3-2) *This was originally scheduled as a 6-game homestand but a rescheduled away game turned it into 8*
    • 2021: 5 games
      • 1/26-2/11 (3-1-1)
    • 2019-20: 7 games
      • 12/28-1/11 (4-3-0)
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/16-10/28 (3-1-1)
    • 2017-18: 7 games (twice)
      • 10/10-10/27 (6-1-0)
      • 2/11-2/23 (5-2-0)
  • Longest Road Trip
    • 2022-23:  6 games
      • 1/22-2/9
    • 2021-22: 5 games
      • 3/8-3/15 (0-5-0)
    • 2021: 6 games
      • 3/5-3/13 (4-2-0)
    • 2019-20: 8 games
      • 1/14-2/6 (4-3-1)
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/6-10/13 (2-3-0)
    • 2017-18: 6 games (twice)
      • 10/30-11/7 (1-4-1)
      • 1/30-2/8 (4-2-0)

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The Creator Gives A Rough Guide Of What VGK’s February Schedule Will Look Like

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Like every team in the NHL this season, the Golden Knights have had a number of games postponed due to the ongoing/never-ending pandemic. Luckily, Vegas is in a much better spot than most teams in this regard, needing just four games to be placed back on the schedule.

The Golden Knights were supposed to be in Calgary tonight and were scheduled to play in Edmonton last night as part of an All Alberta road back-to-back. Also, in late December, Vegas lost a pair of home games when the December 23rd game against the Kings and the December 27th matchup with Avalanche were wiped out.

NHL discussions have indicated that these games, along with most of the other postponed ones around the league, will be rescheduled during the month of February that was previously left vacant for the Olympics. With NHL and AHL players no longer going to Beijing, there are three full weeks to squeeze in these makeup games.

I believe we are going to play seven total games in February, might be eight. -The Creator

The current schedule calls for a home game against Buffalo on February 1st and then a home/road back-to-back in Arizona and against Colorado to end the month of February 25th and 26th. Assuming the four games are rescheduled, that would make for seven. However, the mention of eight leaves room for the possibility that another game from later in the season is moved up as the league rearranges the schedules for the teams needing to make up north of 10 games.

Seven games in February would be the lightest month in the Golden Knights’ five year history. They played 10 in in February last year and played at least 13 each of their first three seasons. It’s not all great news though.

Unfortunately we have two back-to-backs, because the league commands we do. We’ve gone back and we’ve tried to get some things adjusted because unfortunately we play a back-to-back then skip a day then play a game and then we have something like seven or eight days off. -The Creator

He wouldn’t give us the exact dates as they are still being finalized, but did give out a few hints.

When you come back from the All Star break you are not supposed to play on the Sunday. So you can practice on Monday but we actually have to travel for two back-to-back road games. -The Creator

This means the Golden Knights are likely headed to Alberta on February 8th and 9th to play the Oilers and Flames. The earlier comment seems to indicate that there would be a home game on the 11th (LAK or COL) and then the Golden Knights would be off most of the week before returning to action with the other home game on the 19th or 20th.

The month would wrap up with the ARI/COL back-to-back on the 25th and 26th with the possibility of another game being snuck in at some point during the month.

Examining The 2021-22 Schedule

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The next nine months of our lives are officially set!

The NHL released the Golden Knights’ full schedule for the 2021-22 season and we’re here to break it down. (Scroll to the bottom to see full schedule)

  • Longest Homestand
    • 2021-22: 6 games (twice)
      • 11/9-11/20
      • 12/31-1/11
    • 2021: 5 games
      • 1/26-2/11 (3-1-1)
    • 2019-20: 7 games
      • 12/28-1/11 (4-3-0)
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/16-10/28 (3-1-1)
    • 2017-18: 7 games (twice)
      • 10/10-10/27 (6-1-0)
      • 2/11-2/23 (5-2-0)
  • Longest Road Trip
    • 2021-22: 5 games
      • 3/8-3/15
    • 2021: 6 games
      • 3/5-3/13 (4-2-0)
    • 2019-20: 8 games
      • 1/14-2/6 (4-3-1)
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/6-10/13 (2-3-0)
    • 2017-18: 6 games (twice)
      • 10/30-11/7 (1-4-1)
      • 1/30-2/8 (4-2-0)
  • Back-to-Backs
    • 2021-22: 13
      • Road/Road: 9
      • Home/Home:
      • Road/Home: 1
      • Home/Road: 3
    • 2021: 8
      • Road/Road: 3
        • 4 points – 2
        • 2 points – 1
      • Home/Home: 1
        • 1 point – 1
      • Road/Home: 2
        • 2 points – 2
      • Home/Road: 2
        • 4 points – 2
    • 2019-20: 12
      • Road/Road: 6
        • 4 points – 3
        • 2 points – 2
        • 0 points – 1
      • Home/Home: 0
      • Road/Home: 3
        • 2 points – 3
      • Home/Road: 3
        • 4 points – 2
        • Cancelled – 1
    • 2018-19: 13
      • Road/Road: 7
        • 4 points – 1
        • 2 points – 3
        • 0 points – 3
      • Home/Home:2
        • 4 points – 1
        • 2 points – 1
      • Road/Home: 1
        • 2 points – 1
      • Home/Road: 3
        • 4 points – 2
        • 1 point – 1
    • 2017-18: 12
      • Road/Road: 9
        • 4 points – 3
        • 3 points – 1
        • 2 points – 2
        • 1 point – 1
        • 0 points – 2
      • Home/Home: 1
        • 4 points – 1
      • Road/Home: 1
        • 1 point – 1
      • Home/Road: 1
        • 4 points – 1
  • Longest Time Away From T-Mobile Arena
    • 2021-22: 24 Days (2/2-2/26)
    • 2021: – 12 Days (3/4-3/15)
    • 2019-20 – 28 Days (1/11-2/8)
    • 2018-19 – 16 Days (1/23-2/9)
    • 2017-18 – 16 Days (1/25-2/11)
  • Bye Week
    • 2021-22: Feb. 2nd to Feb. 25th *Olympic Break
    • 2021: N/A
    • 2019-20: Jan. 22 – Jan. 26
    • 2018-19: Jan. 27 – Jan. 31
    • 2017-18: Jan. 8 – Jan. 12
  • Division Games in March/April
    • 2021-22: 13
    • 2021: 32 (23-8-1)
    • 2019-20: 9 (3-0-0) *6 cancelled
    • 2018-19: 11 (7-3-1)
    • 2017-18: 8 (4-3-1)
  • Games by Day
    • Monday
      • 2021-22: 6
      • 2021: 12 (9-3-0)
      • 2019-20: 7 (3-3-0) *1 cancelled
      • 2018-19: 8 (2-6-0)
      • 2017-18: 6 (3-1-2)
    • Tuesday
      • 2021-22: 18
      • 2021: 3 (1-1-1)
      • 2019-20: 17 (7-7-0) *3 cancelled
      • 2018-19: 11 (7-4-0)
      • 2017-18: 20 (12-7-1)
    • Wednesday
      • 2021-22: 9
      • 2021: 11 (8-3-0)
      • 2019-20: 6 (4-0-0) *2 cancelled
      • 2018-19: 9 (4-3-2)
      • 2017-18: 5 (3-2-0)
    • Thursday
      • 2021-22: 14
      • 2021: 4 (2-1-1)
      • 2019-20: 16 (6-3-5) *2 cancelled
      • 2018-19: 14 (8-6-0)
      • 2017-18: 14 (7-6-1)
    • Friday
      • 2021-22: 13
      • 2021: 9 (7-2)
      • 2019-20: 8 (5-3-0)
      • 2018-19: 10 (4-5-1)
      • 2017-18: 14 (8-5-1)
    • Saturday
      • 2021-22: 11
      • 2021: 11 (9-2-0)
      • 2019-20: 16 (7-4-3) *2 cancelled
      • 2018-19: 19 (10-6-3)
      • 2017-18: 12 (9-1-2)
    • Sunday
      • 2021-22: 11
      • 2021: 6 (5-1-0)
      • 2019-20: 12 (7-3-0) *2 cancelled
      • 2018-19: 11 (8-2-1)
      • 2017-18: 11 (10-1-0)

 

Hardest And Softest Spots In Golden Knights 2019-20 Schedule

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An NHL season is like cycling through the most challenging course on the Peloton bike… for six months straight. There are homestands, road trips, back-to-backs, and all sorts of weird quirks that pop up because half the teams in the league play in the same stadium as NBA teams.

This year’s Golden Knights schedule is no different, and like every Pacific Division team, there are some high peaks and some low valleys.

Softest Spots

October 23 – November 2nd
vs COL, vs ANA, vs MTL, vs WPG

After what is a bit of a tricky opening few weeks of the season riddled with tough opponents, single-game road trips, and a back-t0-back in different time-zones with 750+ miles of travel, the schedule hits its softest spot of the year. Four home games, in an 11-day span against one good team, two okay ones, and a horrible one. The Golden Knights have two days of rest before the Colorado game and then three days prior to Montreal. They even have two more days off after the last of the four-game set. Really, the whole month of October is favorable for Vegas, and if they start it off well, the last week could turn it into one of their best months ever.

February 12th – March 3rd
vs STL, vs NYI, vs WSH, vs TBL, vs FLA, @ANA, vs EDM, vs BUF, vs LAK, NJD

Directly on the heels of the ridiculous 27-day span away from T-Mobile Arena (more on that below), the Golden Knights come home for 10 straight. (Really it’s 9 of 10, but I figure a road game in Anaheim in February is basically a home game.) The opponents are challenging at first, but they ease up majorly as it goes on. There will be 20 points to get here, the Golden Knights should reasonably be after at least 14 of them.

December 29th – January 11th
vs ANA, vs PHI, vs STL, vs PIT, vs LAK, vs CBJ

It’s the longest homestand of the year and the first 7-game homestand since the magical one that opened the inaugural season. Only six games are listed because it starts out with a road-home back-to-back, but there are two off-days behind it. This is about as nice a stretch as you can ask for on a schedule as there’s at least one day between every game and the opponents are all average at best (except for St. Louis). Of course, this is directly before the 27-day monster. It’s almost like the NHL knew they were screwing the Golden Knights, so they tried to make it up to them with two soft spots before and after the nightmare.

Hardest Spots

January 12th – February 7th
at BUF, at OTT, at MTL, at BOS, at CAR, at NSH, at TBL, at FLA

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NHL Releases Full Vegas Golden Knights 2019-20 Schedule

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Opening night is still 99 days away, but now you know what you’ll be doing for 82 dates over the course of the next 10 months.

The NHL released the Golden Knights full schedule for the 2019-20 season and we’re here to break it down. (Scroll to the bottom to see full schedule)

  • Longest Homestand
    • 2019-20: 7 games
      • 12/28-1/11
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/16-10/28 (3-1-1)
    • 2017-18: 7 games (twice)
      • 10/10-10/27 (6-1-0)
      • 2/11-2/23 (5-2-0)
  • Longest Road Trip
    • 2019-20: 8 games
      • 1/14-2/6
    • 2018-19: 5 games
      • 10/6-10/13 (2-3-0)
    • 2017-18: 6 games (twice)
      • 10/30-11/7 (1-4-1)
      • 1/30-2/8 (4-2-0)
  • Back-to-Backs
    • 2019-20: 12
      • Road/Road: 6
      • Home/Home: 0
      • Road/Home: 3
      • Home/Road: 3
    • 2018-19: 13
      • Road/Road: 7
        • 4 points – 1
        • 2 points – 3
        • 0 points – 3
      • Home/Home:2
        • 4 points – 1
        • 2 points – 1
      • Road/Home: 1
        • 2 points – 1
      • Home/Road: 3
        • 4 points – 2
        • 1 point – 1
    • 2017-18: 12
      • Road/Road: 9
        • 4 points – 3
        • 3 points – 1
        • 2 points – 2
        • 1 point – 1
        • 0 points – 2
      • Home/Home: 1
        • 4 points – 1
      • Road/Home: 1
        • 1 point – 1
      • Home/Road: 1
        • 4 points – 1
  • Longest Time Away From T-Mobile Arena
    • 2019-20 – 28 Days (1/11-2/8)
    • 2018-19 – 16 Days (1/23-2/9)
    • 2017-18 – 16 days (1/25-2/11)
  • Team Played 5 Times
    • 2019-20: Arizona Coyotes
    • 2018-19: Los Angeles Kings (2-2-1)
    • 2017-18: Arizona Coyotes (4-1-0)
  • Bye Week
    • 2019-20: Jan. 22 – Jan. 26
    • 2018-19: Jan. 27 – Jan. 31
    • 2017-18: Jan. 8 – Jan. 12
  • Division Games in March/April
    • 2019-20: 9
    • 2018-19: 11 (7-3-1)
    • 2017-18: 8 (4-3-1)
  • Games by Day
    • Monday
      • 2019-20: 7
      • 2018-19: 8 (2-6-0)
      • 2017-18: 6 (3-1-2)
    • Tuesday
      • 2019-20: 17
      • 2018-19: 11 (7-4-0)
      • 2017-18: 20 (12-7-1)
    • Wednesday
      • 2019-20: 6
      • 2018-19: 9 (4-3-2)
      • 2017-18: 5 (3-2-0)
    • Thursday
      • 2019-20: 16
      • 2018-19: 14 (8-6-0)
      • 2017-18: 14 (7-6-1)
    • Friday
      • 2019-20: 8
      • 2018-19: 10 (4-5-1)
      • 2017-18: 14 (8-5-1)
    • Saturday
      • 2019-20: 16
      • 2018-19: 19 (10-6-3)
      • 2017-18: 12 (9-1-2)
    • Sunday
      • 2019-20: 12
      • 2018-19: 11 (8-2-1)
      • 2017-18: 11 (10-1-0)
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Fri.10/4/19VegasSan Jose
Tue.10/8/19BostonVegas
Thu.10/10/19VegasArizona
Sat.10/12/19CalgaryVegas
Sun.10/13/19VegasLos Angeles
Tue.10/15/19NashvilleVegas
Thu.10/17/19OttawaVegas
Sat.10/19/19VegasPittsburgh
Mon.10/21/19VegasPhiladelphia
Tue.10/22/19VegasChicago
Fri.10/25/19ColoradoVegas
Sun.10/27/19AnaheimVegas
Thu.10/31/19MontrealVegas
Sat.11/2/19WinnipegVegas
Tue.11/5/19VegasColumbus
Thu.11/7/19VegasToronto
Sat.11/9/19VegasWashington
Sun.11/10/19VegasDetroit
Wed.11/13/19ChicagoVegas
Sat.11/16/19VegasLos Angeles
Sun.11/17/19CalgaryVegas
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Thu.11/21/19San JoseVegas
Sat.11/23/19EdmontonVegas
Mon.11/25/19VegasDallas
Wed.11/27/19VegasNashville
Fri.11/29/19ArizonaVegas
Mon.12/2/19VegasN.Y. Rangers
Tue.12/3/19VegasNew Jersey
Thu.12/5/19VegasN.Y. Islanders
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Tue.12/10/19ChicagoVegas
Thu.12/12/19VegasSt. Louis
Fri.12/13/19VegasDallas
Sun.12/15/19VancouverVegas
Tue.12/17/19MinnesotaVegas
Thu.12/19/19VegasVancouver
Sun.12/22/19VegasSan Jose
Mon.12/23/19ColoradoVegas
Fri.12/27/19VegasAnaheim
Sat.12/28/19ArizonaVegas
Tue.12/31/19AnaheimVegas
Thu.1/2/20PhiladelphiaVegas
Sat.1/4/20St. LouisVegas
Tue.1/7/20PittsburghVegas
Thu.1/9/20Los AngelesVegas
Sat.1/11/20ColumbusVegas
Tue.1/14/20VegasBuffalo
Thu.1/16/20VegasOttawa
Sat.1/18/20VegasMontreal
Tue.1/21/20VegasBoston
Fri.1/31/20VegasCarolina
Sat.2/1/20VegasNashville
Tue.2/4/20VegasTampa Bay
Thu.2/6/20VegasFlorida
Sat.2/8/20CarolinaVegas
Tue.2/11/20VegasMinnesota
Thu.2/13/20St. LouisVegas
Sat.2/15/20N.Y. IslandersVegas
Mon.2/17/20WashingtonVegas
Thu.2/20/20Tampa BayVegas
Sat.2/22/20FloridaVegas
Sun.2/23/20VegasAnaheim
Wed.2/26/20EdmontonVegas
Fri.2/28/20BuffaloVegas
Sun.3/1/20Los AngelesVegas
Tue.3/3/20New JerseyVegas
Fri.3/6/20VegasWinnipeg
Sun.3/8/20VegasCalgary
Mon.3/9/20VegasEdmonton
Thu.3/12/20VegasMinnesota
Sun.3/15/20VegasColorado
Tue.3/17/20DallasVegas
Wed.3/18/20VegasArizona
Sat.3/21/20DetroitVegas
Mon.3/23/20VancouverVegas
Wed.3/25/20ArizonaVegas
Sun.3/29/20VegasWinnipeg
Tue.3/31/20VegasEdmonton
Thu.4/2/20VegasCalgary
Sat.4/4/20VegasVancouver

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