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    made an historic run through the regular season.On to the next step Womens Zach Parise Jersey , the playoffs – something entirely different, with Vegas facing a major test in the first round.Postseason hockey makes its debut on The Strip on Wednesday night with the Knights hosting the Los Angeles Kings, an experienced playoff team that hoisted the Stanley Cup as recently as 2014 and that used to hold exhibition games in Vegas.The teams split their four regular-season games, each winning once at home and once on the road, even as the Knights were making an unprecedented run through the regular season, which included winning the Pacific Division title. They were the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four major North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish first in its division.”It’s a new season now and we gotta keep battling and keep playing hard and do what we did all regular season long – win hockey games,” said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, a heavy favorite to win the Jack Adams Award that honors the coach of the year. ”We’re playing against a real good LA team that’s had great playoff experience. It’s going to be a battle, but it’s gonna be fun.”Here are some things to look for as Los Angeles, which won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 Andrew Shaw Jersey , looks to end Vegas’ storybook first season.FLOWER POWER: Veteran netminder Marc-Andre Fleury is back in the playoffs after hoisting the Stanley Cup the past two years with Pittsburgh. Gallant was never named a captain on the Golden Knights but the three-time champion and 14-year veteran – affectionately known as Flower – has been a locker room leader all season. Fleury finished second in the league with a 2.24 goals-against average. He was 1-0-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .931 save percentage against the Kings this season.WILD BILL: William Karlsson finished the season with 43 goals and 35 assists. Last season with Columbus, he scored six goals and had 19 assists. His 37-goal improvement matched the third-largest year-to-year boost in NHL history. With Reilly Smith healthy again, rejoining Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault on the top line, the Golden Knights’ offense will be tough to contain.KING QUICK: Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick snatched his second career William M. Jennings Trophy, an annual award given to the goalkeeper having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed an NHL-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the President’s Cup Trophy-winning Nashville Predators (211) and 11 less than the Boston Bruins (214). Quick was 1-1-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and .908 save percentage against Vegas.DOUGHTY THE DOUBTER: Back in December, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was quoted as saying ”there’s no way they’re going to be a better team than us by the end of the season,” after the Golden Knights went into Los Angeles and stole a 3-2 victory in overtime.”They’re a confident group, that’s for sure,” said former King and current Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. ”I think that’s a little bit of Doughty’s personality. He’s a confident guy http://www.officialcanadiensprostore.com/authentic-adidas-antti-niemi-jersey , rightfully so, he’s a great player. But we don’t really think much into that. We’re a confident group in here, too.”— As the NHL trade season has intensified, Artemi Panarin of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been viewed as the top prize for teams in the market for a high-scoring winger.Panarin will be a free agent July 1, and he has shown he can put the puck in the net with his lightning-quick and accurate wrist shot. Panarin has scored 24 goals and leads the Blue Jackets with 67 points in 57 games.Panarin could also help Columbus make its own postseason run this year, with the team third in the Metropolitan Division and having justacquired high-scoring forward Matt Duchene in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.Bringing in Duchene indicates the Blue Jackets believe they can make a run in the postseason, but their playoff position is tenuous, with division rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins level on points with them in the wild-card spots and the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes just a point behind them.The Duchene move indicates the team has belief in itself, and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen would likely have to receive a blockbuster offer to move Panarin.The Senators have two potential free agents this summer in forwards Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel. Both players are putting the puck in the net with regularity, with 28 goals for Stone and 22 for Dzingel.The Senators have already moved Duchene Authentic Artturi Lehkonen Jersey , and Hockey Night in Canada insider Elliotte Friedman tweetedFriday that Stone and Dzingel have been put on the market.The Senators are in last place in the Eastern Conference with 49 points and have already picked up a 2019 first-round draft choice in the Duchene trade (and a conditional first-round choice in 2020). General manager Pierre Dorion could get another first-round pick for Stone, while Dzingel is more likely to bring in a second-round draft pick.Power forward Wayne Simmonds has been the subject of speculation since the start of the NHL’s trade season. While they are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, the Flyers are still eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have lost their last two games.NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweeted Thursday that the Flyers were looking at Thursday’s game with the Montreal Canadiens and Saturday night’s game with the Pittsburgh Penguins (outdoors at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia) before making their final decision on Simmonds.The Flyers dropped a 5-1 decision to Montreal, and while a victory over Pittsburgh would help their cause, they would still be quite a distance from the final playoff spot.Even reaching that final playoff position would put them on track to play the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have been the best regular-season team by a wide margin and are unlikely to be troubled by an eighth seed.LeBrun had identified the Lightning, Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators as the teams interested in Simmonds in early February.Mike Hoffman of the Florida Panthers, Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers have also been mentioned as possible trade candidates. Craig Custance of The Athletic had that trio in the top 10 of players most likely to be moved prior to the deadline.

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