The Vegas Golden Knights have set a new standard for the expansion team in professional sports, enjoying a remarkable amount of success over just four NHL seasons.
They reached the Stanley Cup finals in their first year and advanced to the Western Conference finals after the pandemic pause last season. Their 40 wins this year were the most in the league. They’ve never missed the playoffs. Their all-time record, sample size notwithstanding, is the best of the NHL’s 31 franchises.
The Minnesota Wild haven’t played along. Their 11-2-3 overall record against Vegas, including 6-0-2 at home, is by far the best of any opponent of the Golden Knights.
“We know that we’ve outplayed them a lot of times this season,” Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek said, “and I