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How Did The Vegas Golden Knights Get To 60 Points Halfway Into Their First Season?
Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights enter the mandatory bye week with a 29-10-2 record which has earned them 60 points at the halfway point of the 2017-18 campaign and leaders in the Western Conference.
For the Golden Knights they have shocked the hockey world with their performance over the course of the 2017-18 season and it doing so they have recorded many records along way that enabled them to be where they are at now at the midway point.
At the beginning the campaign they came storming out the gate with a 3-0-0 start by defeating the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes on the road in come from behind fashion with back to back 2-1 victories. They followed that up with a 5-2 in their first home opener at T-Mobile Arena.
After that, they would win 5 of the next 6 games which included their first 5-game win streak in club history.
Their only loss during that span was a 6-3 defeat by the Detroit Red Wings. In three of those games they would score 5 goals or more and recorded the first ever shutout in franchise history when they beat Colorado 7-0.
In their first Eastern Conference road trip away from T-Mobile Arena was not the best performance that the franchise put out by any means where they went 1-4-1.
Their return to “The Fortress” from the disappointing road trip, the Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets on “Military Appreciation Night” 5-2.
In their first matchup against Connor McDavid and the Oilers, the Golden Knights met heavy resistance as Edmonton slaughtered Vegas 8-2. After that loss, Vegas’s overall record was 10-6-1.
The Golden Knights after that, would go to another 5 game winning streak that started off against The Sedin Twins and the Vancouver Canucks where they beat them by a 5-2 score. Included in that stretch, the Golden Knights defeated Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, and Arizona which improved their record on the season to 15-6-1.
They would complete the month of November off with 2 losses by the hands of the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild. The Stars became the first team the Golden Knights faced at home where they shut them out 3-0. This put the Golden Knight at 15-8-1 on the season.
December for the Golden Knights was one to remember for the organization and their fans. They kicked off the month with a loss to the Jets at Bell MTS Place where Winnipeg redeemed themselves from their loss to the Golden Knights earlier in the season with a 7-4 win over Vegas.
In the next 12 games following the loss to Winnipeg they would earn at least a point in either regulation or overtime/shootout. Along that run, they defeated a few Stanley Cup Playoff contending teams from the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals.
Their December resulted with a 11-1-1 record and writing their 3rd winning streak with at least 5 games (7 games) and made history as a first year team with a 6 and 7 game winning streak in any point of the season.
Vegas’s record that finished out 2017 put them at 26-9-2.
The start of 2018 for the Golden Knights before the mandatory bye week Vegas won 3 of their 4 games including beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City 5-4 and getting some revenge against the New York Rangers last night with a 2-1 victory.
This put the Golden Knights at 29-10-2 on the season with 60 points thus becoming the second team in the league to get to this mark behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who currently have 63 with a 30-9-3 record.
Home Record: 18-2-1
Away Record: 11-8-1
How they also made it to 60 points before their bye week is the Golden Knights have 5 players in their lineup with at least 10 goals or more this season. Leading the pack is William Karlsson who is having the career of his life with 22 goals, James Neal is next in line with 18, Jonathan Marchessault has 16, Erik Haula coming in at 4th place with 15, while Reilly Smith anchors out the top 5 in scoring with 11.
Most of Haula’s goals this season have came in the third period with 10 recorded.
In their lineup they have three players with 20 or more assists. David Perron leads the team in assists with 25 and Marchessault and Smith are the other two players with the Golden Knights to have 24 helpers each.
In the Golden Knights lineup they have 4 players at the break with 30 points or more. Marchessault is the leader with 40, Karlsson has 36, Smith at 35, and Perron anchors out this group with 34.
On the backend, Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb are the Golden Knights leaders this season in ATOI. Schmidt tops out at 22:39, while McNabb is rated at 20:19.
Between the pipes, Malcom Subban has a 11-2-0 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA. Marc-André Fleury comes in with a 9-2-1, a GAA of 1.73 which leads the Golden Knights currently and an impressive .945 save percentage. With the two goalie in relief in Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace they combined for a 9-6-1 record.
With 41 games of the 2017-18 season in the books for the Golden Knights the second half of the campaign kicks off with a date this Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.