The deadliest terror attack in New York since 9-11 won’t break the city, much as the Route 91 Harvest shooting hasn’t shattered Las Vegas.
On a day when the biggest news regarding the NHL expansion team was supposed to be working toward a conclusion that is the obvious swing and miss in signing forward Vadim Shipachyov, the Knights saw a dire situation in net become even more grim.
The two-game road trip that began with a forgettable 34-14 loss to the Bills on Sunday before 69,599 at New Era Field was supposed to tell us if Raiders are good or bad, legitimate or fraudulent, pretender or contender.
This is the place folks like to say is a drinking town with a sports problem, where purposefully setting your friends on fire isn’t as much criminal act as communal endorsement of a longstanding love affair with all things Buffalo Bills.
The Knights are 7-1 to begin their inaugural season, having continued their historic beginning with a 4-2 victory against Chicago.
It’s either coaching or players or both for the Rebels, and yet perhaps all of the defensive nonsense has over time created a sort of systematic culture that breeds an expectation of failure.
It was an AFC West battle the Raiders had to absolutely win.
Thursday night isn’t as much an AFC showdown between the first-place Chiefs and a last-place Raiders team hoping to discover some sort of divisional relevance as it is unmitigated survival mode from the hosts.
Vadim Shipachyov scored his first NHL goal in a win against Boston on Sunday and played nearly 11 minutes of a 5-4 overtime victory against Buffalo on Tuesday night before 17,617 at T-Mobile Arena.
Marc-Andre Fleury on Sunday was placed on injured reserve by the Knights, the face of the expansion franchise lost for the time being with a concussion suffered in the second period of a 6-3 loss to Detroit on Friday.