Consider them signposts along the road of the Golden Knights season to date. A fork in the trail and a choice to make.
First it was a 1-4 start. Then a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. Later it was an overtime loss in New Jersey which saw Vegas blow a pair of three-goal leads. Each time the team has responded. Bounced back and strung together wins to keep themselves well above the playoff line.
They have once again come to another switch on the path. Having lost eight of 12 and four straight at home, the Golden Knights are gulping from the cup of adversity. They've proven they can handle what is put before them. Now they must do it again.
"Last season went so perfect," goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said Wednesday morning. "This is normal. This is what you usually go through... You can't get down on yourself. You have to stay positive and work through it."
Vegas sits third in the Pacific Division today, eight points back of the second place Calgary Flames. The Golden Knights are nine points above the playoff line. In today's era of three-point games, significant movement is difficult. Could Vegas battle for the Pacific banner? Sure. Could they fall out of the postseason? Yup. But the most likely scenario is this team stays right where it is - and finishes up as the third seed in the Pacific Division.