Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights kick off their 6 game road trip with a stopover in Brooklyn, NY to take on the New York Islanders for their first time in franchise history.
This is the first time where the Vegas Golden Knights get to play at Barclays Center since being a member of the National Hockey League.
For the hosts of the night, they have a bit of storied history to their franchise with some prestigious talent that has retired players over the years. Players like Dennis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bobby Nystrom, and William Smith.
They also won 4-Stanley Cup Championships in their early 1980’s dynasty run (1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983).
In the previous campaign, the New York Islanders finished the 2016-17 season with a 41-29-12 94 record for points and placed 5th in NHL’s Metropolitan Division.
They also had two Head Coaches during that year, 17-17-8 under Jack Capuano, and 24-12-4 with Doug Weight behind the bench.
The Islanders failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season as well.
This season is Weight’s first season with the New York Islanders as their Bench Boss. So far, his Islanders team has posted a 6-4-1 record at 13 points thru 11 games and 4th place in NHL’s Metropolitan Division.
Forward and Captain John Tavares is the team leader in goals with 9 on the season. He’s also their leader in points with 13.
Andres Lee and Brock Nelson are in the top 3 in the scoring department with the New York Islanders so far this season. Lee has 6 goals and is second place, while Nelson has 5 and is third.
Forwards Josh Bailey, Jordan Eberle, and Calvin de Haan are the Islanders top 3 players in assists. Bailey leads them with 8, Eberle has 7, and de Haan anchors it at 5.
Bailey is in second place in points with 11, while Lee has 10.
Jaroslav Halak has a 4-2-0 record on the season with a GAA of 2.61 and .916 save percentage.
The Islanders are coming off of a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators from this past Saturday, forward Tavares recorded a hat trick in the game, while Eberle scored twice and Ryan Pulock netted his first of the season.
For the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, they enter today’s game with an 8-1-0 record and capped off their 7 game homestand with a strong finish over the Avalanche as they defeated Colorado by a final score of 7-0.
Today the NHL released it’s 3 Stars Of The Week and goaltender Oscar Dansk made the list.
Dansk went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout to lead the Golden Knights (8-1-0, 16 points) to a perfect week, continuing the best start by an expansion team in NHL history.
He made 29 saves in a 4-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 24. Dansk then stopped all 32 shots he faced to earn the first shutout in Golden Knights history in a 7-0 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche Oct. 27. The 23-year-old Stockholm, Sweden, native – who made his NHL debut Oct. 21 – is 3-0-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout through his first three career appearances.
The Golden Knights have been a bit of surprise in the early going in their first season in the NHL with beating teams like the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks by a 4-2 final.
James Neal is still the team’s leader in goals this season with 7 and Oscar Lindberg is in 2nd place with 4.
David Perron and Jonathan Marchessault are tied in goals with the Golden Knights with 3 each.
In assists, the team leader is defenseman Luca Sbisa with 6. The team also has a three-way for 2nd place in assists with forward Reilly Smith, defensemen Nate Schmidt and Brad Hunt with 5.
Neal leads the team overall in points with 10 and Perron and Smith are tied for 2nd with 7.
The projected starting goaltender is expected to be Dansk between the pipes for the Golden Knights who has a 3-0-0 on the year (1 win came in relief during the St. Louis game).
Will the Golden Knights start off their first ever east coast road swing with a victory, we’re going to have to wait and see?
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 4:00 pm PT. Las Vegas / 7:00 pm ET. New York
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.