Can We Talk About the Golden Knights?

As a Boston Bruins fan it pains me to say this, but…I am bored with the Bs this season.

I know! I know! I Know! All of our Boston readers are giving me the stink eye right now. I’m sorry! But you have to admit, between the injuries and the inexperienced players, they’re not all that fun to watch. And hockey? Well, when it comes to hockey, I need excitement! Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Bs. I do. But…I am really loving the Golden Knights over the Bs right now.

A lot.

It’s hard not to. The Golden Knights are a first-year expansion team who are making history. Really, they’re making history! For example, in mid-October they became the first expansion team to win four of their first five games in its first season.

Now, sure. They have lost their last three games and are on their…third?…fourth? goalie, but they are playing to win and it is so fun to watch. I mean, did you see Saturday’s game against the rangers? This team didn’t collapse knowing that they’re having goalie issues, they’re rallied together, making the Rangers really fight for that win.

Why are the Golden Knights so good?

  • For one thing, their penalty kill is fantastic. From what I’ve seen and been able to confirm, they’ve only allowed one goal while shorthanded on the ice
  • Players like James Neal and Nate Schmidt who, let’s face, are playing with chips on their shoulders. Both players were undervalued in their previous teams. Both players seem to be taking full advantage of this opportunity to prove their former teams wrong for not protecting them from the expansion draft.
  • Home ice advantage. A new team gets to play at home more often than other teams. This helped, for sure.

There are a lot of reasons, to be honest, why this team is doing so well. And there are a lot of reasons why the simply shouldn’t be playing as well as they are. Either way, they’re a fun, competitive team to watch.

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