Stanley Cup Playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings Preview

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings: First Round Series Preview

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings: First Round Series Preview

Can Nashville get the job done after losing in last year's final, or will the expansion Golden Knights parade the Cup down the Las Vegas strip?

The Los Angeles Kings hope to set the tone of this series early by stealing game one and reversing home ice advantage. An experienced Los Angeles Kings group, led by Hart Trophy contender Anze Kopitar, isn't going to be anxious about facing the division's top team. Quick has imploded at time during the 2017-18 season, where the team felt more comfortable riding the hot hand in Darcy Kuemper for a stretch until Quick got his game together. Goaltender Jonathan Quick (33-28-3) played the entire game despite giving up the four goals. With that being said, the Jets doubled the Wild's shots on net (40-20) and it was a promising start to what they're hoping is a deep playoff run. He put up numbers comparable to Fleury with a.921 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against average.

Attack off the rush: Of the goals tracked for this project the past two seasons, 38.5 percent were scored off the rush and 61.5 percent on play within the offensive zone. That's a feather in the cap for Gerard Gallant, easily the NHL's coach of the year.

Five players have reached at least 55 points for the Golden Knights, they are William Karlsson (78), Jonathan Marchessault (75), David Perron (66), Reilly Smith (60) and Erik Haula (55).

Los Angeles' two victories against the Knights came during a back-to-back on February 26 and 27.

Those who spent the season saying the Golden Knights weren't built for the playoffs can trudge barefoot uphill through miles of snow back into their caves and spare everyone the hockey lectures for a while. Lending to this idea is that fact that the Golden Knights have yet to name a team captain.


When a team is on a winning streak, they want nothing more than to continue it, break records and keep the good times rolling. After all, they've won two Stanley Cups.

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It therefore stands to reason that the Kings are not going to be bowled over by Vegas.

After the first night of action, we have the final results of the first three games of the National Hockey League playoffs. The veteran netminder turned in arguably the best campaign of his career, but he's had his share of playoff misfortune. Quick's softer pads also mean softer rebounds, closer to the net, compared to stiffer models, which played a role in some of the 32 rebound goals allowed among his past 100 goals allowed, 10 percent above average among playoff starting goalies. He outscored his next-highest scoring teammate by 31 points. Jeff Carter is entering the playoffs red-hot. Perhaps having Philipp Grubauer in goal ahead of playoff bust Braden Holtby will help.

The Pacific Division champion Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7) will begin their first-ever postseason by hosting the Los Angeles Kings (45-29-8) on Wednesday as home favorites for Game 1 of their first-round National Hockey League playoff series. The team that found a way to score three goals or more won each game, including two that were decided in overtime.

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