Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights take on the visiting Colorado Avalanche in an early 3:00 start time to help celebrate “Nevada Day” and complete their 7 game homestand.
For the visiting Colorado Avalanche team, this will be their first time coming to Vegas for a regular season game in the history of their franchise.
The last time the Avalanche came to Vegas to play a hockey game was when they played the “Frozen Fury” series. In fact, it was Colorado who ended up winning the final “Frozen Fury” series game 2-1 in overtime against the host Los Angeles Kings.
In the “Frozen Fury” series, the Avalanche thru 16 games played went 7-9 and had .438 winning percentage.
The Avalanche in their short history in the NHL have had some top-tier talent of retired players in their organization from Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Adam Foote, and Raymond Bourque. All of which has at least one Stanley Cup with Colorado.
The Colorado Avalanche franchise has two Stanley Cup’s their credit (1996 and 2001).
Last season, the Avalanche did not have a great record when they finished off the 2016-17 campaign. They completed the season with a 22-56-4 record at 48 points under new Head Coach Jared Bednar, which was a major drop from the prior year where they put together a 39-39-4 for 82 points and that was under Head Coach Roy.
This season is the second year behind the bench for Bednar. So far under Bednar, they have been holding steady in the NHL’s Central Division with 5-4-0 record and in 3rd place right behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Avalanche currently have a 6-way tie for first place in goals scored this season in Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Sven Andrighetto, Nail Yakupov, Alexander Kerfoot, and Matt Nieto.
Nieto netted his first NHL career hat trick against the Dallas Stars on October 24 in their 5-3 win.
Tyson Barrie and Mikko Rantanen share the mantle currently in assist with Colorado with 6 each.
Duchene and Barrie are tied in points with the Avalanche at 8.
Their starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov is 4-2 thru 6 starts with 2.43 GAA and .929 save percentage.
The Golden Knights have been making a name for themselves early on in the 2017-18 hockey season and posting an impressive 7-1-0 start which has never been done before in the league’s 100-year history after their 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Vegas’s power play has been coming thru for them in the past two games and scoring 4 for their efforts and improving their numbers to 5-34 at 14.7%.
James Neal continues to lead the team in goals with 6, while forward Oscar Lindberg is in 2nd place with 3 of his own.
In assists, defenseman Luca Sbisa and forward Reilly Smith are the team’s co-leaders with 5 each.
Leading the way in points with the team is forward Neal with 8 and behind him is Smith at 7.
Heading into today’s matchup against the Colorada Avalanche, forward William Karlsson puts his 4 game point scoring streak on the line that dates back the October 15 contest against the Boston Bruins where he recorded his first assist of the season.
In his first full start between the pipes for the Golden Knights, Oscar Dansk, recorded his 2nd win of the season with a very solid performance against the high powered Chicago Blackhawks with a 29 save performance and posted a .935 save percentage.
Should it be Dansk that gets the nod today by Head Coach Gerard Gallant this will be another test for the 23-year-old.
Roster Transactions Per Vegas Golden Knights
The team has activated forward Erik Haula from the injured reserve list, has sent defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Chicago Wolves on a conditioning loan and waived defenseman Jason Garrison for purpose of assignment to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Today the Vegas Golden Knights players will be wearing their road white’s for the first time at home.
Can the Vegas Golden Knights finish off the homestand with a win today, tune in to find out.
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 3:00 pm PT. Las Vegas
Television: The matchup will on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), Cox Cable channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).
Radio: The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.