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Knights Fever: Vegas Takes NHL by Storm in Its Inaugural Season

To the surprise of hockey fans everywhere, the Vegas Golden Knights have gone from 500-to-1 longshots to Stanley Cup favorites.

“I thought this team would be competitive, but lose more games than it won,” admits Golden Knights hockey expert Gary Lawless. “I thought the playoffs were a stretch.”

Not anymore. Vegas has shattered the NHL record for home wins and points by a team in their first season. They’re now steamrolling toward the playoffs, cruising to a Pacific Division title, and battling for the top seed in the Western Conference. Expectations have changed.

“The organization did a great job selecting players that could skate and that were willing to play a team system,” Lawless says. “All of these players have come in and had career seasons, which is why they’re one of the best teams in the NHL.”

Combining speed, hustle and attitude with superior coaching and stellar goal- tending from three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, Vegas is in the championship hunt.

Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates to the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the game at T-Mobile Arena on February 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates to the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the game at T-Mobile Arena on February 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari / Vegas Golden Knights

For defenseman Deryk Engelland, a Las Vegas resident for the past 14 years, it’s
“a dream come true.” “To play in your home- town where your kids are growing up, it’s phenomenal,” Engelland says. As for fan support at home games? “It’s loud. From the national anthem on, it’s a rocking building.”

Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who signed a six-year extension with the Golden Knights during the season, sums up the team’s success. “There is no superstar. Everybody is pulling for each other,” he says. “We have a long way to go, but it’s been fun.”

“All of these players have come in and had career seasons, which is why they’re one of the best teams in the NHL.”
— Gary Lawless, Golden Knights Hockey Expert

Caesars Palace sports book.

Caesars Palace sports book. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Put The Sports Book In The Palm Of Your Hand

1. SIT: Prior to arriving, reserve your seat online at caesarspalace.com.

2. LISTEN: Download the “ListenWiFi” app to your phone to personally stream and hear your game of choice.

3. EAT: Caesars Entertainment has launched mobile ordering for 15 of its restaurants. Guests can text their order and have food delivered directly to their seat at the sports book using the “play by Total Rewards” app.

4. BET: The “Caesars Sports” app uses geolocation to allow bettors to wager on games from their mobile device. Users must be at least 21 years old, and physically within Nevada’s borders to place a wager. Download in the app store.

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