House opener: 80 predictions for the Golden Knights' ' inaugural season

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Ross D. Franklin/ AP Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) celebrates his objective scored versus the Arizona Coyotes with Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula (56) and Golden Knights left wing David Perron (57) throughout the 3rd period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Golden Knights defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017|2 a.m.

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It’s been more than a year given that the Golden Knights revealed their group name and logo design at Toshiba Plaza, but lots of Las Vegas sports fans have actually waited decades for this day.

Tonight the Golden Knights will drop the puck in their first-ever home video game at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena as they handle the Arizona Coyotes. The team is currently off to a fantastic start, becoming just the 3rd franchise group in NHL history to begin 2-0-0, and the very first to do it without the advantage of playing other growth teams.

For a little fun, I predicted anything and whatever I could consider we head into the season.

1. First goal at T-Mobile Arena: Colin Miller (Oct. 10 vs. Arizona)

2. First help at T-Mobile Arena: Cody Eakin (Oct. 10 vs. Arizona)

3. First charge at T-Mobile Arena: Luca Sbisa (slashing Oct. 10 vs. Arizona)

4. First fight: Deryk Engelland (Oct. 10 vs. Arizona)

It’s obvious who the enforcer on this group is. For those who weren’t sure, Engelland strengthened it throughout the Golden Knights preseason home opener on Sept. 30. Kurtis MacDermid of the Kings provided exactly what Engelland considered an inexpensive shot on colleague Tomas Nosek, and Engelland right away dropped the gloves and threw down with MacDermid.

5. First conserve at T-Mobile Arena: Marc-Andre Fleury (Oct. 10 vs. Arizona)

6. Very first shutout: Marc-Andre Fleury (Oct. 27 vs. Colorado)

7. First win at T-Mobile Arena: Oct. 10 vs. Arizona

8. First loss at T-Mobile Arena: Oct. 15 vs. Detroit

9. Final record: 29-40-13 (71 points)

The over-under for the Golden Knights’ win overall was 26.5. They are currently more than 7 percent of the method there, and I think they discuss due to an early-season rise riding the momentum of the new franchise.

10. Home record: 17-17-7

11. Away record: 12-23-6

12. Department record: 10-15-4

13. Conference record: 19-26-5

14. Department finish: 7

15. Conference surface: 14

16. League surface: 29

17. 2018 draft position: 1st

18. Overall goals scored: 203

Only four teams in the NHL permitted more objectives than this last year. The Golden Knights have talent on defense, but many of their finest defenders (Colin Miller, Nate Schmidt, Shea Theodore, Jason Fort) are offensive minded and will leave openings behind them.

19. Total goals permitted: 245

20. Power play goals scored: 28

21. Power play portion: 11%

22. Power play rank: 31

23. Power play objectives enabled: 41

24. Brief handed goals scored: 5

25. Brief handed objectives permitted: 8

26. Penalty kill percentage: 83%

27. Penalty kill rank: 9

28. Leader in goals: Jonathan Marchessault (27)

Marchessault scored 30 objectives in 2015 (tied with Connor McDavid just 3 behind

Alex Ovechkin). He will likely be using the leading line for the Golden Knights on most nights, which raises the level of competition. He may not match that this year but he’ll come close. The obvious choice through two games is James Neal, who already has three goals, but I’m not confident he will play adequate video games for Vegas to be the objective leader before being traded.

29. Leader in helps: Vadim Shipachyov (35)

30. Leader in points: Jonathan Marchessault (45)

31. Leader in typical time on ice: Jason Garrison (20:30)

32. Leading forward in average time on ice: Reilly Smith (18:10)

33. Leader in obstructed shots: Jason Fort (88)

34. Leader in saves: Marc-Andre Fleury (1,860)

35. Leader in objectives against average: Marc-Andre Fleury (2.89)

36. Leader in save portion: Marc-Andre Fleury (.912)

37. Leader in shutouts: Marc-Andre Fleury (5)

38. Leader in penalty minutes: Colin Miller (82)

39. Leader in fights: Deryk Engelland (7)

40. Leader in power play goals: James Neal (8)

41. Leader in power play helps: Vadim Shipachyov (14)

42. Leader in power play points: Vadim Shipachyov (18)

43. Leader in shorthanded goals: Reilly Smith (2)

44. Leader in shorthanded helps: Cody Eakin (2)

45. Leader in shorthanded points: Reilly Smith (3)

46. Leading defenseman in objectives: Colin Miller (11)

47. Leading defenseman in helps: Jason Garrison (18)

48. Leading defenseman in points: Colin Miller (21)

49. Golden Knights All-Stars: Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury’s goals versus average might be the worst he’s had in a long time, but the three-time Stanley Cup champ will have plenty of highlight-worthy nights where he faces a lots of shots. Take the season opener for example, where Fleury stopped 45 of 46 shots.

50. Very first empty net objective: James Neal (Oct. 27 vs. Colorado)

51. Leader in video game winning goals: James Neal (5)

52. Leader in overtime objectives: Jonathan Marchessault (3)

53. Leader in shootout goals: Jonathan Marchessault (3)

54. Leader in shots: Jonathan Marchessault (203)

55. Leader in shooting percentage: Vadim Shipachyov (15.8 percent)

56. Leader in face-off wins: Cody Eakin (687)

57. Leader in face-off percentage: Cody Eakin (54.9 percent)

58. Leader in plus/minus: James Neal (+3)

59. Leader in CORSI for: Colin Miller (1,313)

60. Leader in CORSI versus: Jason Fort (1,264)

61. Leader in Fenwick for: Colin Miller (904)

62. Leader in Fenwick versus: Jason Fort (825)

63. Leader in offensive zone start percentage: Vadim Shipachyov (59.6)

64. Leader in defensive zone start portion: Cody Eakin (60)

65. Very first call-up from American Hockey League: Vadim Shipachyov

The Russian star from the Kontinental Hockey League started the year in the American Hockey League due to the fact that of roster numbers, however I think he’ll be raised quicker instead of later.

66. Second call-up from American Hockey League: Alex Tuch

67. Leading scorer that does not begin the season in NHL: Alex Tuch (7)

68. First hat trick: None

69. Player to exceed expectations: Cody Eakin

70. Gamer to fall short of expectations: Nate Schmidt

71. Over/under record: 45 Under/ 37 Over

72. Very popular jersey: # 29 Marc-Andre Fleury

73. Hottest ticket: Oct. 10, 2016 vs. Arizona Coyotes

74. 2nd hottest ticket: Dec. 31, 2016 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

75. Least attended video game: March 28, 2017 vs. Arizona Coyotes

76. Unexpected fan favorite: Brayden McNabb

77. Most jam-packed pre-game bar/restaurant: Beerhaus at The Park

78. Longest concession line at T-Mobile Arena during video games: Shake Shack

79. First gamer to have actually name shouted in arena: Marc-Andre Fleury

80. Most popular team chant in arena: Go Knights Go!

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