This is not how it was supposed to be when the Chicago Blackhawks arrived at T-Mobile Arena in February.
The Blackhawks, three-time Stanley Cup winners in this decade and the model NHL franchise, were supposed to be in first place. As usual.
The Golden Knights, the expansion upstarts, were supposed to be outside the playoff picture. As expansion teams usually are.
Instead the roles have been reversed.
The Golden Knights (36-15-4) lead the Pacific Division, while the Blackhawks (24-24-8) are last in the Central Division, 10 points out of a playoff spot.
Although both are coming into tonight following disappointing losses - Vegas fell to Philadelphia, 4-1, on Sunday and Chicago was thumped by the last place Arizona Coyotes last night, 6-1.
Tonight's game starts at 7:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena.
Here are three keys to the game.