The atmosphere and pregame production inside T-Mobile Arena prior to a Golden Knights game has become a thing of legend around the NHL. Contributing to that medieval mystique is the national anthem, sung by Carnell Johnson, better known as Golden Pipes. The Las Vegas native has turned a standard segment at a sporting event into one of the most important and iconic moments inside the Fortress.
When the puck drops in the fall on season six of the Golden Knights, they will do so with their third head coach in franchise history. After missing out on the postseason for the first time, Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon is back in the coaching market for the second time in less than three years.
The Golden Knights are Stanley Cup playoff spectators, instead of participants for the first time in franchise history and are now in the process of self-reflection, as they begin what will be their longest offseason in existence. General Manager Kelly McCrimmon said in September of 2021 before training camp, that this was the best roster the VGK franchise had ever assembled.
After making the postseason in each of their first four years in existence, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final to cap a remarkable inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights are watching the playoffs this year.
The Golden Knights didn’t get much help from the rest of the league Tuesday night, with wins by Los Angeles and Nashville along with Vancouver earning a point in a shootout loss to Ottawa. This has been the story for the VGK for a few weeks now, who have won seven of their last eleven, but are farther away from a playoff spot than two weeks ago.
The Golden Knights loss to New Jersey Monday night is being looked at as one of the worst results of the season, after being unable to earn any points on home ice against the 27th ranked Devils. The 3-2 loss was Vegas’ second straight and third defeat in their last four games. Monday night proved to be a huge gut punch to a franchise on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time.
The Golden Knights are back at T-Mobile Arena Monday night for the start of their final regular season homestand, when they play host to the New Jersey Devils. The VGK are coming off their 7th shutout loss of the season, to put that in perspective, Vegas had only been blanked a combined 12 times in their first four seasons of the franchise. Not scoring goals this time of year is frustrating, but dropping points at this stage is downright devastating for a Golden Knights team currently on the outside of the playoff picture and on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time in team history.