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Question: Are they
contenders for the Stanley Cup - 3 (17.6%)
contenders for the playoffs - 8 (47.1%)
pretenders - no playoffs - 5 (29.4%)
just plain lucky right now - 1 (5.9%)
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« on: November 20, 2017, 04:36:44 AM »

As of November 19th they are 12 and 6, in second place in the Pacific Division, one point behind the Kings who lead the division (and who the GK's beat tonight).  Are they contenders or pretenders?
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 08:02:01 AM »

They are definitely off to a good start - and have a good combination of youth and experience, offense and defense - still way too early to tell if they will have long term success after not even playing 20 games yet in their entire existence... however they definitely look like one of the best expansion teams ever and definitely look like a playoff contender.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2017, 03:01:16 PM »

I agree, it's still too early to tell. I think by February we'll have a better idea of how real the Knights are.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2017, 04:06:49 PM »

I opt for the third choice. They are overachievers. I think they'll fall back to earth as the grind of 82 games sets in (they can't keep up their torrid pace every night) and when their no-name goaltenders have their inevitable regression. Being in Vegas they'll have a lot of travel as well.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 04:51:13 PM »

I opt for the third choice. They are overachievers. I think they'll fall back to earth as the grind of 82 games sets in (they can't keep up their torrid pace every night) and when their no-name goaltenders have their inevitable regression. Being in Vegas they'll have a lot of travel as well.

Agreed. I don't want to be thrown in the "hater pile" but I'm not convinced anything they have is anything more than a pleasant surprise (for them, and Bettman) and is not sustainable. I think they will even out middle-of-the-pack by the end of the season. However, if management is smart, they will become contenders faster than most will have predicted. Just not this year.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 04:56:09 PM »

They will revert to who they really are and will miss the playoffs. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 02:27:14 AM »

I think they have good coaching.. they seem faster than other teams. They have team speed and they check hard. I think they make the playoffs and get by at least the first round, knocked out in the second or third round.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2017, 07:59:10 PM »

The Golden Showers will regress and miss the playoffs
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 06:30:05 AM »

They are certainly looking like the real thing so far...
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 08:23:49 PM »

They are certainly looking like the real thing so far...

No way they miss the playoffs now...
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 10:15:37 PM »

No way they miss the playoffs now...
Yep, I'll eat my words on my earlier prediction.  This is pretty incredible. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2018, 10:36:04 PM »

No way they miss the playoffs now...

Agreed. They're sitting pretty going into the second half of the season.
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 06:56:55 PM »

The Golden Showers will regress and miss the playoffs

I change my mind they are contenders
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2018, 04:22:01 PM »

Last night's loss to the Blues was only the Knights 10th loss in regulation, plus have only 2 OT losses.   BEYOND BELIEF at this point.
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2018, 04:43:58 PM »

Moneyball?  Is that what we're seeing?  The results are greater than the sum of the parts?

Good coaching?  The players have obviously bought in.

Is it sustainable?  Can they ride this into the playoffs, and then what?  Is this team built to win in that situation?

I guess we will see...



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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2018, 05:04:23 PM »

I think what we are seeing is that Vegas management did a great job identifying guys on each team who were being underutilized, and these guys how have an opportunity and they're taking full advantage of it.  Plus I hear the Vegas coach is very good as well. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2018, 10:14:27 PM »

I think what we are seeing is that Vegas management did a great job identifying guys on each team who were being underutilized, and these guys how have an opportunity and they're taking full advantage of it.  Plus I hear the Vegas coach is very good as well. 
course he?s a Gallant!
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2018, 08:26:48 PM »

Another couple of wins ......... this season may become a Ripley's, Believe It or Not.
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2018, 09:33:43 PM »

Another couple of wins ......... this season may become a Ripley's, Believe It or Not.
looked like Neal hurt his hand bad interesting to see what happened there?
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2018, 10:56:21 AM »

Will be interesting to see what happens come playoff time. 
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2018, 07:31:48 PM »

Just imagine if Vegas won the Stanley Cup this season  Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2018, 08:18:31 PM »

Just imagine if Vegas won the Stanley Cup this season  Shocked

That would be almost as bad as a CFL expansion team coming in and making the Grey Cup in in their second year of existence, and winning it in their third, before the Bombers!
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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2018, 08:28:59 PM »

That would be almost as bad as a CFL expansion team coming in and making the Grey Cup in in their second year of existence, and winning it in their third, before the Bombers!

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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2018, 08:33:15 PM »

Boooooooo.

You're right, that would be awful if it happened!

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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2018, 08:48:26 PM »

That would be almost as bad as a CFL expansion team coming in and making the Grey Cup in in their second year of existence, and winning it in their third, before the Bombers!

I'd say it's worse. Much worse.
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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2018, 02:59:50 AM »

I really don't think the LVGK will continue on like this. It's an aberration.
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2018, 03:29:12 AM »

I really don't think the LVGK will continue on like this. It's an aberration.

I agree.

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« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2018, 05:36:01 PM »

I really don't think the LVGK will continue on like this. It's an aberration.

That's what I thought about 15 games ago but they've lost, what twice, since then!!

I just don't get it.
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« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2018, 06:51:17 PM »

That's what I thought about 15 games ago but they've lost, what twice, since then!!

I just don't get it.

Yeah same here. There's only so many flukey games you can have.
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