Did last year’s historic hockey run from the Vegas Golden Knights annoy the rest of the country so much that now everyone is their hated rival?
VSiN had a lot of fun covering the expansion miracle on our Vegas-based broadcasts last season. But we could see why hockey fans in other sports-crazed cities were less enthused. That must get old after a while — watching the national media gush about a new team making a deep playoff run when your team didn’t make the playoffs or hasn’t made them in a long time.
The magic was slow to start in VGK’s second season. Vegas dropped four of its first five games in October, and was still below .500 at Thanksgiving. Though wins have been more frequent lately, the following interesting dynamic might still be in play:
Vegas has a horrible 4-10 record this season when its “first look” against a team in the 2018-19 season is in hostile territory. Its only first-look road victories have come against Chicago, Arizona, Edmonton and Minnesota. The 10 “first-look” road losses were in Los Angeles, Calgary, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, St. Louis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Buffalo (those gaudy opening ceremonies during last season’s playoffs could be viewed — and despised — in all time zones).
Vegas is 13-4-1 in all other games, reminiscent of last season’s dominance.