Last season, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were not only the talk of the NHL, but they were also the hottest story in professional sports.
This team defied all odds by not only winning their division and getting into the postseason in their first year, but they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in which they lost in five games to the Washington Capitals. It was a Cinderella story and one that had the eyes of every hockey fan out there.
Fast forward to this season and things are a bit different. In fact, it is safe to say that they are facing some adversity for the first time in franchise history.
The team is 1-3 to start the season. While it is obviously still very early, this is something that the Golden Knights have not gone through.
Last season, everything that could go right for them did. They got all the bounces, things worked out in their favor when it came to the standings, they were dominant at home and on the road, and everything they touched turned to gold.
That is certainly not happening this season thus far. It starts with their team defense.
They are currently fourth in the league in goals allowed (October 11) as they have given up 15 goals in four games, which clearly isn’t good. The team was one of the best defensive teams in the league last season and one of the reasons for that was the play of their franchise goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury is off to a really tough start this season. He has played in all of his team’s games this season and as of this writing, has posted a 3.94 goals against average and a .846 save percentage. Clearly not great numbers and numbers that we are not used to seeing from the 33-year-old masked man.
Another area the team is struggling in is scoring goals. They are currently 19th in the league with just 7 goals in four games. Last season they scored with ease, but this season has been a much different story.
Again, there is a lot of hockey left to be played, but the Golden Knights may need to change things up a bit to get going in the right direction. Remember, every team has seen them now so they know what to expect, know how to play against them, and certainly know that they cannot be taken lightly.
The Golden Knights and their fans can’t look back in the past anymore. Last season is out the window and in the end, does not matter anymore.
What matters now is that they get back on the right path and show their fans and the rest of the league that last year was not a fluke.
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