Aside from a good stretch of play in December, the Vegas Golden Knights have been a pretty inconsistent group for the 2021-22 season.
Plenty of their inconsistencies have been injury related, as they haven’t caught any breaks when it comes to health this season. However, another big reason is their surprisingly average play on home ice, as they have gone just 13-10-2 in 25 games at the T-Mobile Arena this season. That pales in comparison to their play on the road, as they have a much better 11-5-0 record in 16 away games.
On Thursday, the Golden Knights were able to squeak by the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-3 overtime win. That game put an end to an eight-game homestand. Now, they are getting set for a four-game road stretch, something head coach Pete DeBoer believes will help his team in a big way.
“Yeah, I think so,” DeBoer said, when asked if his team is looking forward to their upcoming road trip. “Particularly the feeling we had on our last trip, on that Eastern trip. How we felt coming off that trip, I think we feel real good about playing on the road. It’s been a long homestand, so I think everybody is ready to get out and get to work in some of these tough buildings.”
Despite the Golden Knights being very successful on the road this season, this four game stretch will be far from easy. All four games will come against four of the best teams in the league. Up first is the Washington Capitals on tonight, and then the Carolina Hurricanes the very next night. From there, they will take on an offensive juggernaut in the Florida Panthers on Thursday, and will end the trip playing against the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
It certainly won’t be easy, but will be a great test for a team that has high expectations for themselves this season. Through 41 games so far this season. the Golden Knights remain in first place in the Pacific Division.
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