NBC Sports Analyst feels the need for speed while in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The Stanley Cup Final has the entire sports world watching Las Vegas and analysts agree: the story of the Vegas Golden Knights has been good for the NHL.
One man who's following the team closely is Jeremy Roenick. Former NHL player, turned broadcaster for NBC Sports.
While Jeremy Roenick was out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to take a few laps around the track, we got a chance to talk hockey and his take on the Knights incredible run.
"Their fairytale year is something that's taken over the sports world. For an expansion team to make it to the Stanley Cup Final is unheard of. The way they have rolled through the playoffs," said Roenick.
Game 5 is a must-win for the Knights. Roenick says a comeback will be difficult but not impossible.
"They need some luck, no question. Luck is a big part of winning hockey games. In game 4 they hit the post 3 times in the first period and missed open nets. Those go in, you have a different game," said Roenick.
Roenick also says the atmosphere in and around T-Mobile is one of the best in the National Hockey League. The fans, proving Las Vegas can indeed support a pro-team.
And back at the speedway, NASCAR driver, Brendan Gaughan says "Las Vegas Motor Speedway is what started professional sports in this town."
Brendan Gaughan is not only a NASCAR driver but a Las Vegas native and was happy to show Roenick the racing ropes. And as you might expect, Gaughan is a Knights fan, especially following the tragedy of One October.
"Sports always are things people turn to after tragedy and this team understood that. And the town embraced it. We're down right now but no team has lost more 3-1 leads than the Capitals so I like the sound of that," said Gaughan.
Roenick spent 20 years playing in the NHL. He says he always knew race car driver were athletes too but after experience the speedway, he says he has a new appreciation for what they do.
"Live life on the edge and when they decide to take me that's fine, but it's not going to be today," said Roenick.