PHILADELPHIA – Last year, when the Flyers’ 2017-18 schedule came out, many local hockey fans rushed to see when the first trip to Las Vegas would be made.
After all, with their team likely heavy favorites against the first-year expansion Golden Knights, they could celebrate a win at one of the world-famous casinos on the Strip.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum: The Vegas Golden Knights turned out to be not only a respectable team, but a very good one.
All season long, the Knights have shocked the hockey world by performing at an incredible level.
In fact, going into Thursday night action, Vegas was in position to go back into first place for the top spot in the National Hockey League standings.
Imagine if a first-year team won the President’s Trophy. How cool, and amazing, would that be?
So now, fans from Philly who are making the trip can expect a very competitive game (and, win or lose, they will probably celebrate anyway).
That’s one of the reasons why FlyingFishHockey.com is so excited to cover this ground-breaking game.
It’s a chance to take in hockey in a place where they said professional sports would never be played because of Las Vegas’ reputation for gambling. As if billions of dollars are wagered on hockey games every year.
The great part of the Golden Knights’ success is they’re doing it with only a handful of proven star players, namely goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and forward James Neal, both of Pittsburgh Penguins fame.
That said, the Knights find all different ways to win and figure to be a handful for the Flyers.
It promises to be an exciting event. Look for all the coverage on this website.