The Vegas Golden Knights look to extend the NHL record for best start after winning a Stanley Cup against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at T-Mobile Arena.
About the Golden Knights (6-0-0, 12 points): Chandler Stephenson, Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, William Karlsson, and Shea Theodore are on pace for 82 or more points this season. It is early, but nice to see the points rolling in.
The Golden Knights’ power play ranks No. 9 overall. Last season the power play was No. 18 overall. It will be tough for the other teams in the Pacific Division to keep up with the Golden Knights if the power play continues to perform well.
Alex Pietrangelo practiced with the team on Monday but coach Cassidy does not expect to see Pietrangelo in the lineup against the Flyers. Zach Whitecloud remains on LTIR.
About the Flyers (3-1-1, 7 points): The Flyers come to Vegas leading the Metro Division and did not get the memo that this is supposed to be a rebuilding year. There are a number of recent rookies carving out daily roles with the Flyers. Bobby Brink, Noah Cates, Cam York, and Tyson Foerster are contributing to the Flyers’ early success.
Golden Knights to watch: Paul Cotter has carved himself a spot in the Golden Knights lineup after being a healthy scratch throughout last season’s playoffs. “I like his growth, he’s becoming more professional in his practice habits. His game is growing and he still has things to learn,” Coach Cassidy on Cotter’s growth.
William Carrier does a good job rushing the puck to the net on his backhand. Expect Carrier to create a chance or two that could lead to a goal from the fourth line.
Key storyline: Flyers’ coach John Tortorella will do his best to limit the Golden Knights’ chances off the rush. Tortorella will force the Golden Knights to play a dump and chase game. The Golden Knights’ forwards will have to buy in to playing a physical game on the Flyers’ defensemen. Dump and chase hockey can be extremely boring for the first two periods, but the defensemen will become tired of being hit in the corners on every play.
Expect a game similar to last season’s game at T-Mobile Arena; low scoring and boring stretches. The Golden Knights won 2-1 in overtime thanks to a Marchessault breakaway goal.
Time: 8:00 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN, ESPN+
Radio: FOX Sports Las Vegas 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460