The Vegas Golden Knights are wrapping up their final trip to Minnesota as they face the Wild for the final time in the regular season on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT at Xcel Energy Center. As the team prepares for what will feel like a playoff game, here are some of the storylines swirling around the team in today's Allegiant Road Trip Report.
Peyton Krebs hit the ice for his NHL debut Monday night against the Wild. The 2019 first round pick (19th overall) has had an eventful year. After spending nearly two months in Edmonton with the Golden Knights during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Krebs returned to Edmonton with Team Canada for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight points (3G, 5A) in seven games as Canada claimed the silver medal in the tournament. After that international experience, Krebs joined the Henderson Silver Knights and he posted five points (1G, 4A) in five games in the AHL. When the WHL kicked off its season, Krebs returned to the Winnipeg Ice and dominated with 43 points (13G, 30A) in just 24 games. The latest chapter for Krebs saw him record an assist in his first game as a Golden Knight.
As of Tuesday morning, the Golden Knights still hold the top spot in the Honda West Division with 74 points. Colorado has strung together three consecutive wins to close the gap atop the division as the Avalanche has 72 points with one game in hand on Vegas. With the win Monday night, Minnesota has crept to within two points of Colorado with 70 points. St. Louis has all but locked down the final playoff spot as the Blues have a five-point lead over Arizona with three games in hand.
MAY THE FOURTH
May The Force be with you, Golden Knights fans on this Star Wars day. Some of the biggest Star Wars fans on the team will doubtlessly catch one of the franchise's movies or shows Tuesday in honor of the day. William Karlsson and Oscar Dansk are two of the biggest fans on the team as documented by their Instagram posts with realistic Mandalorian helmets. Alex Tuch's fandom of the saga is a family affair because his two younger siblings are twins named Luke and Leah. Though their names were not directly inspired by twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, the connection to Star Wars is strong with the Tuch family!
After the Golden Knights wrap up their set with the Wild on Wednesday night, the team will return home to play three game in four nights at T-Mobile Arena. Fans who attend games on May 7 and May 8 against the St. Louis Blues will receive a gold Marc-Andre Fleury figurine commemorating his famous diving glove save against Toronto last season. Playoff seeding will be on the line on May 10 as Vegas hosts Colorado for the final home game before the playoffs. Tickets for those games are available here.