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Sport You pretty much have to root for the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL playoffs

05:10  17 april  2018
05:10  17 april  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Are you someone searching for a bandwagon to jump on in the NHL playoffs ? Then have I got a team for you ! May I present the Vegas Golden Knights , the team that just went up 3-0 in its opening round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings? There is SO MUCH to root for here

Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Golden Knights in the NHL playoffs Let’s break it down: 1. They have the chance to be an all-time incredible sports story 2. The “ Vegas Flu” might be a thing 3. They’re so Vegas 4. They’re good at hockey There is SO MUCH to root for here.

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Are you someone searching for a bandwagon to jump on in the NHL playoffs? Then have I got a team for you!

May I present the Vegas Golden Knights, the team that just went up 3-0 in its opening round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings? There is SO MUCH to root for here, and if you're not careful, you're going to miss out on all the fun.

Let's break it down:

1. They have the chance to be an all-time incredible sports story

Expansion teams in their first year of full operations aren't supposed to make the playoffs. They're usually in tank mode, building up young assets while getting veterans left unprotected in the expansion draft to do their best to build a fanbase.

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The Golden Knights didn't just reach the postseason in Year 1. They nearly won the Presidents' Trophy for the team with the best record during the regular season. They won the Pacific division with a 51-24-7 record. And they're a real threat to run through the Western Conference en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.

This is unprecedented territory - just read this Five Thirty Eight story with the headline "Vegas Has The Best Expansion Team In The History Of Pro Sports, And It's Not Close." Root for history to be made!!!

2. The "Vegas Flu" might be a thing

That's the nickname for the "condition" that could explain how the Knights won 29 of their 41 home games. The theory: Opposing teams come to Las Vegas, stay up late, gamble and whatnot and come to the arena the next day a little slower than usual.

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Who the hell are the Vegas Golden Knights ? Vegas has a hockey team? He showed up in the playoffs and scored and did the things he was supposed to do pretty much every other year.

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It really could be that the team is a deep squad filled with savvy vets, hungry youngsters and a goaltender who knows what it takes to win a Cup. But I really do believe that having the temptations of The Strip could help just enough to give the Knights an edge on some evenings. That said, the Golden Knights were great on the road too.

But, hey, isn't it quirky that the "Vegas Flu" might be a factor for this team and this team only (for now)?

3. They're so Vegas

And don't we all love the over-the-top nature of Vegas? Just re-watch this pregame skit with a knight "fighting" a King:

Also, their mascot is a Gila monster named Chance:

I just love that a Vegas team embraced its Vegas-ness.

4. They're good at hockey

As I said above: There's talent up and down the roster, with scoring that can come from any one of their four lines. They have shot-blockers like Brayden McNabb (6th in the NHL at putting his body in front of pucks) and Deryk Engelland. Goaltender Mark-Andre Fleury turned back the clock this year in the net. This isn't a fluke. They're legitimately good.

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