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The Las Vegas Golden Knights are hitting hockey’s jackpot

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Kremilek2

Really, it is quite surprising that this new franchise is so successful. Especially, in the city which is not well-known for its afinity for fair-play. At least, Las Vegas visitors can come and see well-known NHL clubs.

goudreau

This marks the second time that Game Theory has written about this team, and once again the column is marred with an egregious error (this time even in the headline). The NHL's newest franchise is the "Vegas Golden Knights" -- *not* the "Las Vegas Golden Knights".

It's hard for us readers to grant J.S. much credibility on this topic when he or she still cannot even manage to render the name of the team correctly!

Wunala Dreaming

Sure. And then you look at their underlying numbers, starting with possession, and you can see they are getting caved in by just about any decent competition.

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They *might* make the playoffs, but it's a long season, chaps. And the way it's been going this year with all those weird long winning-then-losing streaks affecting just about everybody not named Tampa or Nashville, any team is one such unlikely run away from either making or not missing the playoffs. Pretty precarious balance, honestly.

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Also, should they make the playoffs, they would not be the first rubbish side to get there on sky-high, unsustainable PDO (cf. Toronto in 2013, Colorado in 2014, Calgary in 2015, etc.), only to be comprehensively obliterated by an actually good team there, and crash and burn the following season.

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This is a woefully managed (I use the term loosely) organisation, which picked eleven (ELEVEN!) d-men in the expansion draft, none of whom is a recognised first-pair player, and of course sacrificed any hope of goaltending or forward depth. Still plenty of time for reality to catch up with that lot...