7:00 AM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN's senior NHL writer.The Vegas Golden Knights look like the early favorite to run through the Western Conference. Here's everything you need to know about the the Golden Knights heading into the 2019-20 NHL season:The big question: Is this the West's Stanley Cup favorite?The Golden Knights shocked the world by making the Stanley Cup Final in Year 1. They bolstered their lineup in their second season with veteran standouts -- Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty in the summer, Mark Stone at the trade deadline -- and then were stunned by the Sharks in that epic penalty killing fail (on a penalty that shouldn't have been called) in Game 7 of the first round.As their third season dawns, does it all come together? Two great lines, quality depth and a goaltender that can still carry this team deep in the postseason. Underlying stats, like a 54.66 expected goals percentage. Is it Knight time?Offseason comings and goings, cap situationThe … [Read more...] about Vegas Golden Knights 2019-20 season preview: Back to the Cup Final?
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Syracuse, N.Y. -- Alex Tuch played over 100 games during the 2017-18 National Hockey League season with the Vegas Golden Knights making a run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Tuch, 22, deserves a break after a whirlwind first season in Vegas, but there is no rest for the weary as the Baldwinsville native works out in Central New York over the summer to stay in shape for the upcoming 2018-19 NHL season. Tuch has also been active in the community this summer. He has a 3-on-3 charity hockey game featuring several NHL players coming up on August 15 at Cicero's Twin Rinks that will benefit Maureen's Hope. Take a look at the latest 'Gamefaces' video above as Tuch tells syracuse.com's Brent Axe about what he is doing to stay in shape this summer, making a run at the Stanley Cup, how the Knights brought the city of Las Vegas together after the tragic shooting at Mandalay Bay and more. Contact Brent Axe: Email | Twitter Listen to "On the Block" … [Read more...] about Vegas Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch stays sharp in Syracuse (video)
The Avalanche opened the preseason Tuesday with a 5-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at the Pepsi Center. The defending Western Conference champs scored twice on the power play in building a 3-0 lead and cruised to their second straight exhibition triumph. Avs rookie defenseman Ryan Graves, acquired from the New York Rangers for Chris Bigras in February, scored Colorado’s goal. The Avalanche used its most of its core players in the opener, because it was at home. Most of the second-tier players and other youngsters will play at Minnesota on Saturday night in the second of six preseason games. Three stars: Erik Brannstrom. Vegas defenseman had a hand in his team’s first two goals, with an assist and goal. Paul Stastny. Knights center, a former Avs star, had two assists. Alex Tuch. Vegas forward had a goal and an assist. Play of the night: It was the tic-tac-toe Alex Tuch goal that gave the Knights a 3-0 lead late in the second period. Tuch took a back-door pass from Paul … [Read more...] about Avalanche loses preseason opener to Vegas Golden Knights
Steve Marcus Vegas Golden Knights fans celebrate a score against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of Game 3 in an NHL Western Conference Finals at T-Mobile Arena, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. By Jesse Granger, Case Keefer (contact) Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 | 2 a.m. Look for VGK to stay in the Stanley Cup hunt The Golden Knights’ magical inaugural season was one for the ages, but the players aren’t satisfied. They fell three wins short of hoisting the Stanley Cup and are determined to finish the job in Year 2. On paper, there’s no reason why the Golden Knights shouldn’t be one of the best teams in the NHL again. They return the most productive line in hockey with William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith—all still young and only improving. Behind them, the second-line received a complete overhaul, with Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny replacing James Neal and David Perron. Neal and Perron were great offensively, combining for 41 … [Read more...] about Is the Vegas Golden Knights’ glass half full or half empty?
SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 12: San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) looks up after being scored on by Vegas Golden Knights' Colin Miller (6) in the first period of Game 2 in their NHL first round playoff series at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 12, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 12: San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) controls the puck against Vegas Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt (88) in the first period of Game 2 of an NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 12, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 12: San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) runs into Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) in the first period of Game 2 of an NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 12, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 12: San Jose Sharks' … [Read more...] about Inspiring and frustrating: Sharks lose to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2