Full Sportscast: Golden Knights' first-round series offers great goal tending, rivalry
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The Stanley Cup Playoffs haven't even started, but the Golden Knights' first-round opponent already has some fans biting their nails.
That’s because of what happened in the teams’ last meetings.
Against the Kings this season, the Golden Knights are 2-1-1, but in February they lost to LA in overtime at the Staples Center.
The very next day they fell to the Kings in regulation at home.
Each team is aware of the other’s strengths.
“They’re a really fast team,” said Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. “Obviously they’ve had a lot of success this year. It’s a tough building to play in, especially with a playoff atmosphere, that arena is going to be buzzing, but Staples will be too, and it’s two good hockey clubs going at it.”
The Golden Knights, in their inaugural season, are eager to learn about their own postseason DNA.
“They’re obviously a great team,” said Golden Knights forward Erik Haula. “They’re a heavy team. They have some veteran guys, and they obviously won two Stanley Cups, so they got that going for them, and you know, we’ve played well all year. We’ve got a good group. We’ve got an even four lines that we can all play against anyone, and I don’t know. I’m just excited to see the next step we’re going to take as a group here.”
This series between the Kings and Golden Knights is also being called the best goal tending match up of the first round with LA’s Jonathan Quick, a two-time Stanley Cup champion in net on one end of the ice and Vegas' Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley cup champ, on the other end.
The Las Vegas 51s would fall to El Paso 14-0 Monday night.