When the season had begun, it seemed that the flame underneath the Vegas Golden Knights had been put out. At the mid-way point, however, it is clear that the flame has yet to be extinguished.
The Vegas Golden Knights have won seven straight games and sit in third place within the entire NHL with 58 points. The only two teams ahead of them are Pacific Division leader, the Calgary Flames with 60 points and the Tampa Bay Lightning (who are making a legitimate run for a President’s Trophy) with 68 points. On the seven game streak that the Vegas Golden Knights are riding, they have out-scored opposition 23-9. The stretch of wins also includes a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings which was Marc-Andre Fleury‘s league leading sixth shutout of the season. For a second straight season, it is looking as if the wizardly play of Fleury between the pipes can help the Vegas Golden Knights make a serious run.
The play of Marc-Andre Fleury…
Last season, Fleury posted a record of 29-13-4 with four shutouts. He had unfortunately missed almost half of the season due to injury. This season, Fleury has already posted six shutouts, two more than his last season. At the moment, Fleury has also played seven less games than last season and as long as he stays healthy, he will have no issue passing his last season games played total. In addition, his 29 wins of last year look as if they will be beaten as well as Fleury currently leads the league in wins with 25. The next closest goaltender to Fleury is Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs with 20 wins. His league leading six shutouts is three away from the next closest goaltenders as former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate, Matt Murray, sits tied with four other goaltenders with three.
With Fleury’s impressive season, the Vegas Golden Knights are looking prime for another playoff run and they could potential find themselves back in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Up next for the Vegas Golden Knights…
The Vegas Golden Knights are home in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight for a contest against the San Jose Sharks. Puck drop for that game is 7 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. EST). Following tonight’s game, the Knights will be on the road for a couple of games. On their road trip, they will play the Chicago Blackhawks (Sat. Jan, 12) and the Winnipeg Jets (Tues. Jan, 15) before they return home.
stats from NHL.com and hockey-reference.com
featured image photo credit – Josh Tessler