The Vegas Golden Knights are threatening to rewrite the template for successful expansion franchises authored four decades ago by the New York Islanders.
The most surprising story in hockey visits the East Coast for the first time Monday, when the surging Golden Knights begin a six-game road trip by visiting the Islanders at Barclays Center.
Both teams are coming off resounding victories. The Golden Knights (8-1-0) continued their historic start Friday by earning their fifth straight win with a 7-0 blanking of the Colorado Avalanche. The five-game winning streak ties the NHL record for a first-year club, set previously by the New York Rangers in 1926-27 and the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80.
The Islanders (6-4-1) won for the fourth time in five games Saturday, when they cruised past the host Nashville Predators 6-3.
Only three teams have more wins this season than the Golden Knights, who are looking to become the first expansion team to reach the playoffs since 1967, when the Campbell Conference was comprised entirely of new franchises. Vegas already has as many wins as the Washington Capitals had in their first season in 1974-75. >> Read more
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