Sport How good are the Golden Knights? NHL's best story can be more than also-ran

14:40  13 october  2017
14:40  13 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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While we know what their jerseys will look like and what their roster is shaping up to be , the big question many have is how good the Golden Knights will be in their first NHL season.

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The Golden Knights have been arguably the biggest surprise early this season, doing what no NHL expansion team has done before them in winning their first three games. Taking down the Stars once and the Coyotes twice may not seem like the largest accomplishment, but it’s fairly significant for a team made up of players the other 30 NHL teams deemed expendable.

The question then is whether the Golden Knights have been full value for those wins, or whether they’re getting a little helping hand from the hockey gods. In order to find out, we can turn to Corsica.Hockey’s excellent data and see how well the Golden Knights have been carrying play at even strength.

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It’s fairly clear from the score-adjusted Corsi of 47.36 percent that Vegas isn’t exactly dominating the flow of play at 5-vs-5, especially when you consider that Arizona isn’t the strongest possession team, but let’s take a second to remember that based on how they were built, the Golden Knights should be the worst team in the league this year, yet their score-adjusted Corsi has them ranked 20th of 31.

They may not be a force to be reckoned with, but they’re better than you expect them to be.

However, the gap between their actual goals for percentage at evens and their expected goals based on Corsica’s expected goals model is extreme so far.

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While Vegas is solidly in the middle of the pack in the early days of the season when it comes to shot attempts, that expected goals-for percentage has them in 30th out of 31. It’s not all bad news, though, because so far the Golden Knights have been killer on special teams.

If you flip from 5-vs-5 to all situations, their expected goals-for percentage rises from 39.25 percent to 59.24 percent, the fourth-best mark in the NHL. That’s probably not a realistic mark for the entire season — special teams usually don’t have that large of an impact overall — but their true team talent is likely somewhere in the middle.

One reason the Golden Knights have been able to find so much more success on special teams has been their ability to draw more penalties than they take at even strength, where they already boast a differential of plus-4 after just three games.

Golden Knights remain undefeated after James Neal's overtime-winner

  Golden Knights remain undefeated after James Neal's overtime-winner The Vegas Golden Knights stayed undefeated on Saturday, again on the stick of forward James Neal.And while it's entirely too early in the season to make any grand declarations, what's true up to this very minute is the Knights are 2-0-0, undefeated in the franchise's history after forward James Neal scored again on Saturday, his second game-winner in as many nights, to lead the Knights to a 2-1 overtime victory against the Coyotes.

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Doing so will also prioritize the local fans. That said, the tourists matter a lot to the Golden Knights , too. They’re a crucial tool. It’ s the social media era, and fans have better access to information than ever.

Another reason the Golden Knights have looked strong has been the incredible start to the season that James Neal has had, with a team-leading +12.87 percent relative Corsi, alongside scoring every game for five markers in total, including all three game winners.

Neal won’t be scoring on 45.5 percent of his shots on goal for very long, but his overall play outside of that inflated shooting percentage has still been stellar as well. If he’s able to give the Golden Knights a star quality performance all season, while as a team they continue to play disciplined while managing to draw a lot of calls, we may see the Golden Knights finish higher in the standings than any of the projections had them.

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Golden Knights' Tuch, Shipachyov score first NHL goals .
A pair of Vegas Golden Knights players scored their first NHL goals in a win over Boston on Sunday.Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov each scored their maiden goals in the league in the Golden Knights' 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the second period of Sunday's game, with Tuch also notching an assist on his teammate's tally.

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