Stanley Cup Preview – Vegas Golden Knights

With second training camp underway, the Vegas Golden Knights aim to make it to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their first three seasons in the League.

 

Record: 39-24-8 86 points

3rd Place in the Western Conference

 

The Golden Knights will be heading to Edmonton looking to make a mark and try to win the Stanley Cup in their third season in the NHL. Last time this feat was almost accomplished was in 1996 when the Florida Panthers made it to the Finals in their third season only to lose the Colorado Avalanche, who was playing their first season in Denver after moving from Quebec.

 

During the 2019-20 season the Knights were lead by forwards Max Pacioretty (32 goals, 34 assists for 66 points) and Mark Stone (21-42-63). The Knights also received contributions from Reilly Smith (27-27-54), Jonathan Marchessault (22-25-47) and William Karlsson (15-31-46) offensively.

 

On defense Shea Theodore was a stalwart recording 13 goals and 33 assists for 46 points, and Nate Schmidt would contribute 7 goals and 24 assists for 31 points. Brayden McNabb, Deryk Engelland, and trade deadline pickup Alec Martinez all give the Knights the edge they need defensively.

 

Between the pipes Marc-Andre Fleury will lead the way after posting a 27-16-5 record in 48 starts. Fleury also record a 2.77 GAA and .905 Save Percentage. However, trade deadline pickup Robin Lehner will be ready for the task if/when the moment arises. Lehener went a perfect 3-0-0 in his three starts for the Knights posting a 1.67 GAA and .940 Save Percentage in those three games. Before coming to Vegas, Lehener was 16-10-5 with a 3.01 GAA and a .918 Save Percentage with Chicago in 31 starts.

 

 

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