AJ Mleczko provided insight during the first six games of the Winnipeg-Nashville series as an NBC hockey analyst, which makes her something of an expert on the Knights’ opponent in the Western Conference Final that begins Saturday.
Heading into Game 7 of the Winnipeg-Nashville second-round series, the home teams have won 31 games in the NHL playoffs and the away teams have won 33.
T-Mobile is quickly building a reputation as one of the NHL’s most deafening arenas. It’s like the amplifiers of the fictional rock band Spinal Tap: Where the roar in most buildings tops out at 10, it goes to 11 on Knights’ home ice.
It has been 28 years — 27 if you count the Rebels’ return to the Final Four in 1991 when they lost to Duke — since a local sports team has captivated and galvanized Las Vegas in the manner of the Golden Knights.
Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals was televised live and in prime time on NBC audience. It was first time the Golden Knights skated in front of a national TV audience.
They don’t throw chickens onto the ice at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Florida, where Golden Knights forward Ryan Carpenter skated growing up. Not yet anyway.
The temperature is expected to rise into the 90s when the Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks finally get around to dropping the puck in their Western Conference semifinal series at T-Mobile Arena, but it should still be cool inside.
Green Valley High’s Tyrell Crosby is one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL draft, but has interests outside of football.
Some hockey pundits are billing the Knights vs. San Jose Sharks Western Conference semifinal series as speed vs. speed, but Eddie Olczyk isn’t one of them.
Allen Iverson, who once delivered an iconic rant about practice when he was with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, can relate to what has been going on with the Golden Knights.