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Recap: The Golden Knights and Kraken paired up in Seattle for both teams’ regular season finale. Reilly Smith opened the scoring midway through the opening twenty minutes, giving Vegas a 1-0 lead. Later in the period the Kraken evened the score at 1-1.

Both teams had power play opportunities, but Vegas took advantage on the penalty kill to snap the 1-1 tie. Alec Martinez jumped on a rebound and scored his third goal of the 2022-23 season. After two periods the visiting team held a slim 2-1 lead.

The Kraken came out firing in the final period, but Vegas goaltender Laurent Brossoit continued to frustrate Seattle. Vegas added a late empty-net goal to finish off the Kraken 3-1 and secured the Pacific Division and the number one seed in the Western Conference.

The Golden Knights finish the regular season with a record of 51-22-9, totaling 111 points. Vegas will prepare for a first-round playoff matchup with the Winnipeg Jets. Game 1 is on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played about as poorly as they have all season. They scored twice on plays in which they did not shoot and the other one was a bouncing puck that Alec Martinez scored on a delayed shorthanded penalty.

Who gives a damn though! The Golden Knights have won the Pacific Division, have clinched the #1 seed, and will host the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the playoffs. (Analysis by Ken)

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Two Expansion Teams, Two Postseason Contenders

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Tonight the two youngest franchises will face each other for their 2022-23 regular season finale. Both opponents have qualified and have begun planning for the postseason. While many believed the Kraken were miles behind the Golden Knights in immediate success, the 32nd franchise caught up in their second season. However, the expectations for Seattle are far less demanding than Vegas’ first playoff appearance.

The biggest thing for us to be able to show improvement from where we were last year as a new franchise in a new market, trying to show our fan base that, hey, we’re getting better, we’re moving in the right direction was what we were trying to accomplish. All you have to do is get into the playoffs. Every team that gets into the playoffs has a chance, right? You want an invitation to the dance and then you go from there. -Ron Francis, Kraken GM

After 81 games the Kraken are locked into the Western Conference’s first wild card spot. Sure, there are seeding implications that could occur during tonight’s game but chances are Seattle will be the #7 seed in the west. Whereas, Vegas entered the playoffs in their first season as the Pacific Division’s number one contender.

1st Franchise Playoff Appearance

Vegas: 2017-18 (First Season)

  • 1st in Pacific Division
  • 109 Points
  • 272 Goals Scored
  • 228 Goals Allowed
  • 21.37% Power Play
  • +44 Goal Differential
  • 40 Goal Scorer – William Karlsson (43)

Seattle: 2022-23 (Second Season)

  • 1st Wild Card
  • 100 Points
  • 288 Goals Scored
  • 249 Goals Allowed
  • 20.08% Power Play
  • +35 Goal Differential
  • 40 Goal Scorer – Jared McCann (40)

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Recap: The Golden Knights hosted division rivals Seattle Kraken for their final home game of the regular season. Michael Amadio opened the scoring five minutes into the game, recording his 15th goal of the season. Minutes later the Kraken evened the score at 1-1.

Quickly into the middle frame Amadio netted another goal to make it 2-1 Golden Knights. The forward almost had a hat trick but Reilly Smith took advantage of an offensive rush and extended Vegas’ lead. After 40 minutes the home team held a 3-1 edge. 

Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas a commanding 4-1 with a third period power play goal. Vegas fought off a Seattle man-advantage to preserve their three goal lead. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 50-22-9 defeating the Kraken 4-1. Vegas will travel up to Seattle for their series finale on Thursday night. The rematch against the Kraken is scheduled for 7:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The game was fairly open in the 1st period which played a little more into Seattle’s hands. But, in the 2nd, VGK had seen enough of that and the speed was all going one way. The Golden Knights did what they’ve done to the Kraken many times by smothering them in the neutral zone and utilizing transition to generate tons of chances. Unfortunately, Edmonton won so the division (and conference) crown will have to wait until Thursday. (Analysis by Ken)

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VGK Fans Hoping Next Two Games Are Not A 1st-Round Preview

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Since the NHL trade deadline, the Golden Knights are 9-2-0. It’s an impressive run for a team reconfiguring its lineup in preparation for the playoffs. So far, deadline acquisitions Ivan Barbashev and Teddy Blueger have fit right and added impact to both the top and bottom six. In fact, Vegas has one of the highest goals per game averages since March 3rd (3.90). The local club is unquestionably heading into the postseason in the right direction.

Really good win for us. Big win. It tells something, you have depth in the team. Every single line is doing their job. -Ivan Barbashev

With their consistent, successful play of late the Golden Knights look ready for any potential first-round matchup. Unfortunately, injuries have crept up on the Golden Knights in the past couple of weeks. Reilly Smith and Logan Thompson were the latest to be infected by the injury bug but there is plenty of time left for both to heal and rejoin their teammates. So pushing the injuries aside let’s take a look at the teams Vegas could host in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Winnipeg Jets

If the season ended today, the Golden Knights would welcome the Winnipeg Jets for a best-of-seven-game series. What would be a matchup of the 2018 Western Conference finals, Vegas should feel comfortable facing the Jets. This season Vegas is a perfect 3-0-0 against Winnipeg. Sure, two were tight games but the 31st franchise came away with six standings points to the Jets one. On the other hand, Winnipeg’s lineup is led by one of the best goaltenders in the NHL.

Currently, Connor Hellebuyck is tied for the second lowest odds to win the Vezina Trophy behind runaway candidate Linus Ullmark. The Jets goalie is holding teams to 2.55 goals per game, is top three in Goalie Point shares (12.2), and top four in goals saved above replacement (24). When you tie in Hellebuyck’s superb numbers with the Golden Knights struggling expected goals for numbers, a first-round matchup against the Jets doesn’t look as one-sided as it was in the regular season. While Vegas will be a favorite to win the first-round series, it could come down to the Golden Knights goalies outperforming the 2020 Vezina award winner.

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VGK Earns High Respect In Latest NHL Power Rankings

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In exactly one month from yesterday the NHL playoffs will begin. Barring any major collapses, the Golden Knights will be one of the Western Conference’s most dangerous participants. However, some continue to doubt Vegas as a serious Stanley Cup contender. For example, MoneyPuck’s Power Rankings list the Golden Knights as the league’s 16th best team.

Over the years the Golden Knights front office built a team well-suited for the postseason. Six players have customized championship rings, and 12 others have playoff experience. Experience makes a different in the NHL’s second season. While MoneyPuck’s computer model doubts Vegas’ chances, several other Power Rankings are much more favorable to the 31st franchise. Here are the latest rankings from hockey outlets across the league.

Sportsnet – VGK #2 

As you’d expect with a team dubbed the ‘Golden Misfits’ in their early expansion days, there is no shortage of guys who beat the odds in Vegas. All three members of the original ‘Misfit Line’ — William Karlsson between Reilly Smith and undrafted Jonathan Marchessault — are still there and have been joined by a captain, in Mark Stone, who was a sixth-round selection with questionable skating; Chandler Stephenson, a third-rounder who immediately became a top-six centre after Vegas fleeced Washington for his services; and undrafted goalie Logan Thompson, who was in the thick of the Calder Trophy race before getting hurt this season.- Ryan Dixon, Sportsnet

The Canadian avenue clearly respects the Golden Knights lineup enough to have them one spot below the high-powered Boston Bruins and higher than two teams with better records. It’s possible Sportsnet sees an easier postseason path for Vegas, or that their newly formed lineup is deep enough for a Cup run. Would Sportsnet rank Vegas higher than Boston if Mark Stone were healthy in time for the playoffs? That’s a bit of a stretch.

The Hockey News – VGK #3

The Knights are on a tear with four straight wins and seven of their past eight. They still haven’t really missed a beat despite being on their fourth starter in Jonathan Quick, who’s 4-0-0 with the Knights. As it stands, the Knights and Kings will face each other in the second round of the playoffs if they advance.- Jason Chen, THN

THN posted their latest Power Rankings before the Golden Knights last contest, but it would be difficult to drop Vegas more than two or three spots. Jonathan Quick’s success with Vegas has given the Pacific Division leader more security in net after injuries to virtually every Golden Knights goaltender.

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The NHL announced today that the Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken will faceoff in the 2024 Winter Classic.

The game will be played at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners, on January 1st, 2024.

This will be VGK’s second ever outdoor game after playing at Lake Tahoe in February 2021.



The Golden Knights hosted the Seattle Kraken for the first of a back-to-back set at T-Mobile Arena. The Kraken opened the scoring 2:38 into the game and took a 2-0 advantage six minutes later. Vegas worked their way back and evened the score at 2-2 before the 1st intermission.

Like the 1st period, Seattle came out strong and scored in the opening five minutes of the middle frame. The Kraken would later double their lead late in the 2nd period and held a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of action.

The offense dried up for both teams in the 3rd period. Vegas went scoreless over the final 40 minutes, mustering only six shots on net in the frame.

The Golden Knights record drops to (16-5-1) falling to the Kraken 4-2. It was Vegas’ first loss to Seattle in franchise history. The Golden Knights get right back to work tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P PT. (Recap by Jason)

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Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Seattle to take on a divisional game against the Kraken. On Vegas’ opening shift Keegan Kolesar opened the scoring with his first goal of the season off a feed from William Carrier. Jonathan Marchessault doubled the lead scoring VGK’s first power play goal of the game.

Six and a half minutes into the middle frame, Reilly Smith tucked in the Golden Knights second PP goal. Later in the period, Marchessault added his second of the night and Shea Theodore closed the period with his first of 2022-23.

The 3rd period happened because the league mandates it. Seattle scored a few times.

The Golden Knights remain undefeated with their 5-0 victory in Seattle. Vegas will have a couple of days off before they take on the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 PM.  (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A complete and utter fanny whacking in every way. The Golden Knights hopped all over a few early Kraken mistakes, then started playing from ahead and just allowed the rest of the game to come to them. They were good in the defensive zone and Adin Hill was good behind them and the rest was just waiting for the myriad of odd-man rushes the Kraken always hand out. (Recap by Ken)

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VGK Set To Advance Next Postseason Against Weak Pacific

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Throughout team history, Vegas averages 102 points over an 82 game season. This season, 102 points would’ve earned Vegas a third place finish in the Pacific Division and a seven game series against Edmonton. There’s a strong case that a healthy Golden Knights roster would’ve given the Oilers a run for their money.

There are no excuses and we need to have a good start and go from there, but this is part of playoff hockey and you’re going to go through adversity. There are no easy games and no easy series, so we’re going to be prepared to go .-Ryan Nugent Hopkins, EDM forward

So far, only the Central Division has had a team eliminated. In a few days, it’s possible two of three Pacific Division teams are sent home packing as well. Sure, Calgary is up a game but Dallas hasn’t been an easy opponent. In the other western series, the Oilers have fallen right into the trap of the underdog Kings. It’s premature but none of the three Pacific teams are looking like favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Let’s say the Golden Knights are healthy enough next season to make the playoffs. If they top off at 102 points they would likely be the second or third team coming out of the Pacific. In that case, Vegas would be guaranteed to face off against a divisional rival. Chances are the familiar faces will be in play in 2022-23. Which statistically favors the Golden Knights.

It’s not just about scoring. There’s a lot more to the game than that.-Daryl Sutter, CGY coach

Since 2017-18, Vegas has a total of 464 points. The Golden Knights have earned more than a third from inside their division. Excluding the now Central Division Coyotes, the Golden Knights have tallied 176 Pacific Division points in 119 games. That’s a hearty .676 winning % against the teams Vegas faces most and in the opening rounds of the playoffs.

Golden Knights fans have now watched how predictable the Pacific division has been for half a decade. LA in and Vegas out was the only real surprise over that period. The landscape will likely stay the same next season.

When the oddsmakers set the lines for next season’s divisional leaders the Golden Knights are likely to be the favorite. Other teams have areas to address as well. Calgary will have to make some big decisions, so will Edmonton, San Jose and Vancouver. LA’s quick climb to the postseason will be interesting if it keeps up, especially if a healthy Vegas team is rolling. In year six no matter what changes have been made the Golden Knights will have a chance to fight for the division and form a path to another conference final. It’s that easy, depending on offseason changes.


Recap: The Golden Knights looked to make it a two-game sweep in Seattle. Jack Eichel opened the scoring midway through the opening period scoring his 8th as a Golden Knight. Logan Thompson started in goal again and was flawless through 20 minutes.

It didn’t take long in the 2nd period for Eichel to notch his 9th goal of the season. Vegas took a 2-0 lead 1:26 into the middle frame. Shea Theodore tripled Vegas’ lead with his second goal in back-to-back games. The Golden Knights held a 3-0 lead going into the 2nd intermission.

Vegas kept up the pressure in the final period making it difficult for Seattle’s offense. Seattle broke through to bust up the shutout before Jonathan Marchessault added the empty-netter to seal it. Seattle would grab one back but William Karlsson hit another empty net for a final of 5-2.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 38-28-4 picking up four total points in Seattle. Vegas will take a short trip to Vancouver for a matchup with the Canucks on Sunday night. Puck drop is set for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  The Kraken are very bad. Vegas is definitely better than them. I’m not sure I trust these wins, but I’ll absolutely take them. (Recap by Ken)

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