Golden Knights face struggling Blackhawks

From FOX Sports - February 12, 2018

LAS VEGASIt has been a storybook season so far for the Vegas Golden Knights, who seemingly break another record for an NHL expansion team every time they take the ice.

But heading into Tuesday nights game with the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights find themselves on the heels of a milestone theyd just as soon forget.

Vegas comes in off a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. That defeat marked the first time the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights (36-15-4, 76 points) have lost back-to-back home games all season.

Gerard Gallants squad, which holds an eight-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division, still is an impressive 19-4-2 at home this year. So, theres no need to push the panic buttonyet.

We know everybodys trying to get into the playoffs or stay in the playoffs, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. Right now, were in good shape. Were all aware where we are (in the standings) but we just cant sit back. Weve got to keep chasing these points night after night.

The game with the Blackhawks is the second of a season-long seven-game homestand for Vegas. The Golden Knights are 2-0 against Chicago, defeating them 4-2 at T-Mobile on Oct. 24 and 5-4 in Chicago on Jan. 5.

Theyre a hungry team, Gallant said. Theyve got a lot of talent and a lot of skill, and they play a fast game.

When Gallant says the Blackhawks are a hungry team, he isnt kidding.


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