Last season was the Year of the Golden Knight. Even with Vegas losing in the Stanley Cup Final to Washington, the Golden Knights were the darlings of the NHL. Being an expansion team and making the Stanley Cup Final was an extraordinary accomplishment for Vegas. You can chastise the NHL for making the expansion draft loose. However, Vegas's accomplishments last season cannot be overlooked.
However, this season has been a different story. Only four points in six games to start the season, the Golden Knights have been terrible. Vegas has not scored more than two goals this season and are 0-4 when allowing at least four goals this season. Another problem for Vegas has been Marc-Andre Fleury's play between the pipes. A 3.95 GAA and a paltry .846 save percentage hasn't helped the Knights at all. Fleury just signed a three-year, $21 million extension over the summer, so Fleury's performance so far has not helped his case for the new deal much.
There are 76 games left in Vegas's season and the Golden Knights are only three points back of the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division. Vegas's first six games have mainly been road games with the exception of one, so there shouldn't be much to worry about... yet. If the lines don't pick up their play and Marc-Andre Fleury's play doesn't revert to the norm, Vegas fans should start to worry about a sophomore slump with this team.
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