December was very good for the Golden Knights. How good? They went 11-1-1 and with the 23 points, moved to the top of the Pacific Division and have the best record in the NHL’s Western Conference at 26-9-2. The 23 points also was a record for a first-year team for the month. But as coach Gerard Gallant is quick to point out, it’s all about the next game. The Knights host the Nashville Predators at 7 p.m. Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena to kick off 2018 and they do so riding a franchise-best seven-game win streak after closing out 2017 with an impressive 6-3 win over Toronto on Sunday. With the calendar turning to January, new challenges await: They’re on the road seven times this month, including back-to-back games at St. Louis on Thursday and Chicago on Friday. “Obviously, this streak is unbelievable,” Gallant said. “The guys are playing well and they’re playing great hockey every night. They’re competing. I try and take it one game at a time, but it’s hard. You just keep working hard and battling, you get some puck luck. “We’re playing good hockey. Everything is falling into place. You want to get the guys going. You want to keep them working hard and keep them at the same level. Don’t get too high, don’t get too low. Come to the rink and play hard and good things happen.” The Knights continue to get contributions throughout the lineup. Whether it’s offense or killing penalties, everyone is chipping in. The goaltending remains solid as Malcolm Subban’s play in net is complimenting starter Marc-Andre Fleury nicely.
Confidence is high as Golden Knights head into 2018
Las Vegas Review-Journal | Jan 2