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Red Wings At Golden Knights: 3 Keys To The Game

Tonight's game starts at 7:30. It can be seen on AT&T SportsNet. This is Cox channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

All good things must come to an end.

Or do they?

The UNDEFEATED Vegas Golden Knights are the only expansion team in NHL history to have started out 3-0-0, and look to extend their own record against the Detroit Red Wing this evening

Tonight's game starts at 7:30.

It can be seen on AT&T SportsNet. This is Cox channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD). 

The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.

Here are three keys to tonight's game.

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Video: Gerard Gallant on Friday's game against Detroit

 

1. How does Vegas feel?

It's no secret that the Golden Knights fed off the emotion in T-Mobile Arena before Tuesday's home opener and came firing out of the gates with four first-period goals.

That was three days ago, however.

And while Friday should be a large home crowd once again, the question is how will the Golden Knights come out of the gate in the aftermath of Tuesday.

"Well, I don't think you'll ever match the emotion we had Tuesday night," Gerard Gallant said Friday morning at City National Arena. "That was once in a lifetime, inaugural game. There's lots of emotions from the tragedy, obviously.

"We want to come out (tonight) and we want to play a consistent 60 minutes. Battle hard every night.

"Our job is to try to win hockey games."

 

2. How does Detroit feel?

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1990 last season, not much was expected of the Red Wings this year.

However, after defeating the Arizona Coyotes yesterday evening, Detroit is an impressive 3-1-0. Although this is a very strong start, this still isn't your father's Detroit Red Wings.

The Henrik Zetterbergs and Niklas Kronwalls are still there. But this team's leading scorer is Mike Green, the veteran defenseman who enjoyed his best years playing for George McPhee with the Washington Capitals.

Its top forwards are Anthony Mantha (2G, 2A), Dylan Larkin (1G, 4A) and Martin Frk (3G, 1A). All three of these players are age 24 or younger.

Yes, most experts predicted the Red Wings would miss the playoffs again this year. But off to a strong start, but also playing the second half of a back-to-back, what this team is, it's hard to say.

They still play a puck possessions style that relies more on brains than brawn, but still…

The Red Wings are just so different than what they've been the past 25 years.

 

3. Going for some history

Vegas is already the only expansion team in NHL history to win its first three games as a team.

As it relates to professional sports as a whole, a win tonight would make the Golden Knights only the second expansion team in any of the four major North American team sports to win its first four games. That team was the Denver Nuggets, who actually won their first eight NBA games in 1976-77, although it must be noted that they previously existed in the ABA.

The only other expansion teams in any sport to win their first three games were the 1966-67 Chicago Bulls, the 1969 San Diego Padres and the 1962 Houston Colt .45's (now Astros).

All of those teams started 3-0 and lost their fourth games.

A win tonight and Vegas joins the Nuggets as the only expansion teams to win their first four games.

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