The Golden Knights play five home games at T-Mobile Arena in the month of January. Our Home Preview, presented by Berkshire Hathaway, looks at what's on tab for the Golden Knights this month.
Throughout the season's first half, the reigning Western Conference champion Nashville Predators have been one of the league's best team. However, the Golden Knights won the only game so far between the teams in Nashville on December 8. It wouldn't have seemed this way at the start of the season, but the Golden Knights' first contest of 2018 has a chance of featuring two first place teams.
The Rangers got off to a woeful 3-7-2 start to the season, before using a win against the Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden on Halloween to right their ship. Although four years removed from the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers still feature the likes of future Hall of Famer Henrik Lundqvist in goal, and will be playing their first game in Las Vegas since they met the LA Kings outdoors at Caesars Palace.
The Oilers handed the Golden Knights their worse loss of the first half of the season when Vegas was walloped, 8-2, in Edmonton in November. But despite the Oilers having the reigning league MVP in Connor McDavid, they've been behind the Golden Knights in the standings all season. Can Edmonton close the gap? To do so, a win in its first-ever visit to Las Vegas might be necessary.
Backed by reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets have emerged as a contender in the Metropolitan Division this season. Although the Golden Knights have gotten solid goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm, Subban, among others, all season. This shapes January 23's tilt with Columbus up to be an interesting matchup between two teams in different conferences.
On October 30, the Islanders handed the Golden Knights a loss that started a 1-4-1 skid for Vegas. The Islanders success this season has been driven by a high-scoring line centered by franchise lynchpin John Tavares, with Josh Bailey on the wing. In fact, Vegas and New York have been neck-and-neck in the goals scored department for most of the season. In this matchup, the Golden Knights look to salvage a split in the season series.