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After Agreeing To Be The Road Team In 2024 Winter Classic, VGK Asked To Host One In Near Future

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Every Golden Knights fan who attended the Winter Classic in Seattle, and even those who watched on TV back at home, probably had the same thought as they took in the scenes of the Pacific Northwest.

How awesome would this be if it were in Las Vegas?

Well, you’re not alone with that line of thinking. In fact, the moment the Golden Knights agreed to be the road team in the Winter Classic, they were already lobbying for a game at home.

The league called us in January or February of last year and we said of course we’d be honored to play. But remember, we’d like to have a game in Vegas. If we’re going to Seattle, we’d like to have a game in Vegas in the near future. –George McPhee on Bob McCown Podcast

In typical NHL fashion, they wouldn’t exactly commit to it but instead said something along the lines of “duly noted.” History tells us though that they normally do come through on these promises.

The problem for right now is that there isn’t a venue for it in Vegas. The first one that comes to mind is Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Raiders.

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Winter Classic Mega Post: Pictures, Videos, Facts, Etc.

Well, the game certainly did not live up to expectations for the Golden Knights, but the event itself was a major hit and will certainly go down in the memory banks for everyone who attended.

Click through to see all of the sights and sounds from the 2024 Winter Classic.

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5 Outdoor Elements That Players And Coaches Said Will Impact The Hockey At The Winter Classic

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The Winter Classic is a spectacle. In many ways, the hockey game is second to the show surrounding it. However, there is indeed a hockey game to be played and that hockey game counts the exact same as every other one the Golden Knights have played so far this year.

The players and coaches got to skate on the outdoor rink at T-Mobile Park for the first time yesterday and they clued us in on some of the differences they noticed between playing indoors and playing at a baseball park.

Sticky ice

When asked about the ice, just about every player on both teams mentioned that it was a bit “sticky.” What they mean by that is that the puck doesn’t always slide as consistently as it does in a normal rink. Every Golden Knights player I spoke to mentioned that the ice conditions are not bad to skate on, but the puck was unpredictable.

I do know it’ll be the same for both teams which probably forces you to play with your head down a little more to make sure it’s on your stick. That can put you in some physical situations you don’t want to be in. At the end of the day, pass it harder. And on the flip side of it when you are checking don’t assume the puck is going to move because it could happen to them where the puck sticks and they overskate it. -Cassidy

Open surroundings

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Despite Historical Dominance, Kraken No Easy Opponent In Winter Classic

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During the short histories of the NHL’s newest teams, the 31st franchise has dominated the 32nd. The Golden Knights have beaten the Seattle Kraken eight of the nine times the teams have matched up with Vegas winning by multiple goals in all but one of the victories.

In the nine games, the Golden Knights have more than doubled Seattle’s output, scoring 34 while allowing just 16.

So, with Monday’s Winter Classic on the horizon, it wouldn’t be out of bounds to expect the Golden Knights to cruise to a fairly easy victory.

However, that may not be the case considering the Kraken’s form leading up to the marquee game. After their OT win last night, Seattle has now won four straight and have recorded points in eight in a row.

Goalie Joey Daccord has been on a tear since taking over the job in Phillipp Grubauer’s absence. In the last seven games, Daccord leads the NHL in save percentage (.944) and goals against average (1.70).

Last 10 GamesVGKSEA
Goals3728
Goals Against3919
Shots/Game31.526.4
Save Percentage.896.953
Power Play23.5%20.0%
Penalty Kill66.7%90.0%

Seattle is also succeeding in a place that has hurt the Golden Knights recently. The Kraken lead the NHL in goals through traffic according to hockey analytics. Vegas has been allowing a lot more shots recently and even when they are at their best shots from the outside are plentiful. Seattle’s ability to find the net through traffic could pose problems for a VGK team that has been struggling to keep the puck out of their net for the last month or so.

That being said, Seattle’s weaknesses still matchup well with what the Golden Knights do best. If Vegas can continue to break out of the zone the way they did against Los Angeles, there will be plenty of scoring chances off the rush.

The Golden Knights will enter as just small favorites on the road in unfamiliar surroundings for both teams. Team form says this game will be close, history favors the reigning champs.

Everything About The Golden Knights Winter Classic Jerseys

The sweaters the Golden Knights will don when they take the ice outdoors at T-Mobile Park in Seattle have officially been unveiled.

Drawing inspiration from the Wild West and cowboy era of the 1910s, Vegas’ Winter Classic jersey’s colors reflect the time period with the vintage white base, a deeper and richer gold used in the piping, and the felt fabric in the logo. Piping details in the center crest and numbers are inspired by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point uniforms, the alma mater of Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley. On the collar of the jersey, there are seven stars to represent the Golden Knights’ seventh season as a franchise. -Golden Knights Press Release

The Golden Knights will wear gloves that recall the brown leather look of hockey’s past, which is something other teams like the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers have also incorporated into their recent outdoor looks. –Greg Wyshysnki on ESPN.com

As is tradition with NHL jerseys, there are Easter eggs built into the back neck collar. Vegas has seven stars in the back neck to mark Jan. 1, 2024, as the first day of the seventh year of the Golden Knights franchise. –Greg Wyshysnki on ESPN.com

A “very limited number” of jerseys are available now at Golden Knights official team shops. Other Winter Classic merchendise is also available now online and will be available this week at SportsTown in Downtown Summerlin.

Call Me Crazy, But … (Jason’s 2023-24 Picks)

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Here we go, it’s Day 2 of making crazy predictions (here are Ken’s from yesterday). I truly believe a couple of my predictions will come true this season. Especially, the one about Jack Eichel squaring off against Connor McDavid.

Call me crazy, but Shea Theodore will pass his career high in goals in 2023-24.

There have been theories floating over the past several seasons that Alex Pietrangelo’s presence impacted Theodore’s growth. It’s an easy assumption, considering Theodore was the Golden Knights’ biggest threat in the 2020 postseason. The Original Misfit registered seven goals in the bubble and 12 assists to go along with his breakout performance. Months later Pietrangelo was acquired and appeared to slow Theodore down.

The 28-year-old flashed some skill in the Stanley Cup Final and there’s reason to believe it will carry over to October. After playing in Bruce Cassidy’s system for 76 games, Theodore is in a position to flourish offensively. Look for Theodore to top 15 or more goals this season. Maybe enough to earn a few Norris Trophy votes.

Call me crazy, but there will be a goalie controversy at some point during the season.

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5 Most Anticipated Road Games

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As the reigning champions, every single road game this season will be a special occasion for the opposition. No matter how things are going, the Golden Knights will be a measuring stick game for every single team. Of the 41 road games this year, here are the five I’m looking forward to most.

5) November 14th, 2023 at Washington

The game itself is not all that exciting, or at least on paper it’s not. But, the Golden Knights have three days off before this game so it will almost certainly be their chance to visit the White House.

Politics aside, it’s always been a really neat tradition to see the champions of each league make the visit. It typically results in a funny comment or two from the sitting president and a chance to see the players a bit out of their element.

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