NHL Playoffs 2018: Vegas Golden Knights vs

Godin The Golden Knights and Las Vegas from baby steps to a full sprint

Godin The Golden Knights and Las Vegas from baby steps to a full sprint

That might drive some coaches or goalies insane, and it flies in the face of the credo that defense wins in the playoffs.

With the Pacific Division title and a playoff spot, the Vegas Golden Knights have had fans in awe. An experienced Los Angeles Kings group, led by Hart Trophy contender Anze Kopitar, isn't going to be anxious about facing the division's top team.

Exceeding all expectations, the Vegas Gold Knights have had an impressive winning season that has led the team to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Wilson recounts the highlights of another season of Kings Weekly, gives his picks in the rest of first round matchups around the National Hockey League and explores the balance of speed vs. defense in the upcoming playoffs.

With all that said, there is a huge difference between playing a different team every night in the regular season than trying to find a way to beat the same team four out of seven games.

The Kings were also 0 for 3 with a man advantage.

How They Lose: The Kings play a much more up-tempo game under Stevens than they ever did under Sutter. Beyond that Los Angeles has something else the Golden Knights simply can't have, and that's recent playoff experience. The Vegas blueline is the least experienced in the league, and it's prone to buckling under heat.

With the help of heart and soul player, Deryk Engelland, on the back end and the guidance of head coach Gerard Gallant, the team has been able to use their speed and focus on offense to keep their opponents stuck in the defensive end. The Golden Knights' production staff also raised their game for the playoffs, firing up the fans with a pregame package that included flashbacks to phrases like, "terrible idea", and predictions about the team failing in the desert. They prefer positioning and forechecking to win battles.

William Karlsson was a surprise to everyone this season, especially the Columbus Blue Jackets. A team that takes the body and pressures them to the boards will have success against these upstarts.

It therefore stands to reason that the Kings are not going to be bowled over by Vegas.

Shea Theodore scored the lone goal of the game for Vegas, the third playoff goal of the defenseman's career. If that's the Fleury that shows up against the Kings, Vegas could be in for an early exit.

Forward Jeff Carter sustained a lacerated ankle on October 19 in just the sixth game of the season, and missed over four months.

Los Angeles is 4-2 in its last six games. He lifted his shot over the goal. The only thing that can trip up Los Angeles' blueline is the knock to Jake Muzzin, which threatens to force him out of a game or two to start the series. With a more free-flowing gameplan and a talent level that is built around that play style, Los Angeles will not be the same team many remember from their Stanley Cup runs of years past.

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