No enlargement franchise within the historical past of the NHL — or in trendy skilled sport, for that matter — has certified for the postseason of their first season of competitors, however the Golden Knights can do exactly that by beating the San Jose Sharks on the highway at SAP Heart.
The Sharks are the first-place Golden Knights’ best challenger and the rationale the Pacific Division crown hasn’t but been awarded.
Vegas holds an eight-point cushion getting into the assembly, the groups’ third of 4 within the common season (VGK leads 2-Zero). Each have 9 video games remaining. That imply it is mathematically doable for the streaking Sharks (Eight-2-Zero of their final 10) to play catch-up. The Golden Knights have fallen off their torrid tempo, hovering across the .500 mark for a lot of the final month, however they’re nonetheless extra doubtless than to not lock up the the division, even when that development continues.
San Jose needs to be involved with preserving the remainder of the division at bay, too, with each the Kings and Geese threatening for second place.
As the highest seed within the Pacific and second general within the Western Convention, Vegas stands to attract the primary wild-card qualifier.
Sharks vs. Golden Knights
Time: 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 22
Location: SAP Heart, San Jose, Calif.
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