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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!

Golden Knights lose preseason home opener in overtime

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017|10:05 p.m.

Las Vegas is understood for its late nights, so it’s suitable the very first home video game in Golden Knights history went to overtime.

Los Angeles Kings forward Brooks Laich scored the game-winning objective only 12 seconds into the extra duration, offering the Kings a 3-2 win at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night.

The contest was close throughout, with neither team taking more than a one-goal lead at any time.

Cody Eakin started the scoring off, blasting a one-timer into the top of the net to provide the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead only 3:44 into the game.

The Kings tied it 1-1 when Nic Dowd of the Kings had a puck ricochet off his skate, then off the leg of goalie Calvin Pickard and into the web.

The game headed to overtime connected 2-2, but ended rapidly. Golden Knights defender Nate Schmidt had the puck stolen from him behind the net. The Kings took quick advantage when Alex Iafallo passed it to Laich, who put it previous Pickard after 2 shots.

Crowd anticipated for Golden Knights' ' training camp opener

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=” Image”/ > Mikayla Whitmore George McPhee, General Manager, Las Vegas NHL team throughout a revolutionary occasion to begin the construction of the Las Vegas NHL’s practice center in Downtown Summerlin on October 5, 2016.

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When the Golden Knights rookies take the ice today at City National Arena, there should be many on-lookers.

Hundreds of fans are expected for the Golden Knights initial training school, excitedly seeing the very first major league sports team in Las Vegas history get ready for their launching season.

More crucial, the players will be viewed by coaches.

Coaches from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate Chicago Wolves will run the camp. Head coach Rocky Thompson and assistants Chris Dennis and Bob Nardella will be evaluating every relocation the gamers make.

“They are being evaluated because this is the real offer now,” Thompson stated. “You’re here to make the Vegas Golden Knights, so you need to reveal what you have.”

The most essential set of eyes on the gamers this week, however, sits high above the rink peering down on them. General Supervisor George McPhee will remain in his perch, watching the team he developed from the ground up.

“The cool thing about this process is it’s still a blank canvas,” McPhee stated. “We have a lot of gamers here and they need to make themselves into a group. There are still opportunities here for people to earn full-time NHL jobs, specifically young guys who were suppressed in other places with people ahead of them.”

Without a lineup from last season to use as a beginning point, McPhee enters training school in a much different circumstance than the other 30 executives around the NHL.

“I personally am truly anticipating this type of training camp where we have to evaluate everybody based upon how they perform on the ice, how they bring themselves off the ice, and how they play in the video games,” he stated. “It’s different from anything else I have actually ever experienced.”

It’s rejuvenating for the players, who can with confidence feel they have the opportunity to make a lineup area or top-line minutes if they carry out well on the ice.

“We are completely unbiased about exactly what may establish,” McPhee stated. “We are expecting some unidentified surprises, but it’s wide open and it should be.”

Among the players who will draw the most attention is first-round selection Nick Suzuki, who will likely be headed back to his junior group for at least another year.

“I’m taking this chance as both establishing my game throughout my very first rookie camp, and I’m also truly aiming to flaunt what I’ve done this summertime and how I have actually altered my video game to fit the pro level,” Suzuki stated. “I certainly want to attempt to make the team however you never ever know exactly what is going to occur and I’m still a young man with a lot of years left in me to try to make the lineup.”

There’s no pressure on Suzuki, who simply turned 18 and is clearly in the long-lasting plans for Vegas. For other gamers, this camp can determine whether they have a future with the team.

“You’re going to see the level of strength rise since now it’s time to make the team,” Thompson stated. “Guys are here making impressions for the very first time with the season right around the corner.”

Thursday, the novices went through medical exams and everything worked out, McPhee stated. When it comes to the veterans, who begin camp Sept. 14, McPhee said everybody is expected to be healthy enough to start with the exception of James Neal.

Neal broke his hand throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs (when he played for Nashville) and is still recovering, however McPhee said he would just miss a few weeks.

It’s been 14 months considering that the NHL granted Las Vegas an expansion group, however today for fans in the valley, hockey is finally here.

“The first day of camp resembles Christmas for a great deal of us in hockey,” McPhee stated. “It’s another new season and we will see where it goes and what fantastic things happen with our group and the game.”

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [e-mail safeguarded]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.

Matt Damon goes mini in Venice opener '' Downsizing '.

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Domenico Stinellis/ AP Star Matt Damon and his partner Luciana Barroso arrive on the red carpet of the premiere of the film “Downsizing” which opens the 74th edition of the Venice Movie Festival in Venice, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017|6 p.m.

VENICE, Italy– “Downsizing” has actually created jumbo-sized buzz at the Venice Movie Celebration– not least as viewers debate the best ways to explain it.

Is it a science fiction movie, a romantic funny, a political parable, an apocalyptic thriller? Alexander Payne’s film blends all those components in its story of a male, played by Matt Damon, who tries to resolve his issues by shrinking himself.

Damon and co-stars Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau signed up with Payne on the red carpet for the movie’s Venice premiere Wednesday– the first of 11 days of galas that will bring stars consisting of George Clooney and Jennifer Lawrence to the canal-crossed Italian city.

The Venice opening-night slot has actually ended up being coveted by filmmakers wanting to make a splash come awards season. Several current Venice openers, including “Gravity” and “La La Land,” have actually gone on to win several Academy Awards.

“Downsizing” has active ingredients that might help it strike a similar chord with audiences and awards citizens: a likable, bankable star in Damon; a strong supporting cast that includes Wiig and Christophe Waltz; and a creative story laced with empathy and humor.

Payne says in spite of its sci-fi facility and international canvas, “Downsizing” is not so various to the films he’s best understood for– funny-sad stories of middle aged or Midwestern strugglers such as “About Schmidt,”” Sideways “and”

Nebraska.”” It has the very same sense of humor and generally the same tone,” Payne told reporters in Venice on Wednesday.

The motion picture applies Payne’s wry eye for human characteristics to a plot that checks out the power and limits of science and the threat of ecological catastrophe.

The script by Payne and Jim Taylor opens with a Norwegian scientist making a development he thinks will conserve mankind: a technique that can shrink individuals to 5 inches (12 centimeters) high. That suggests they use a tiny portion of the resources they when did– and need to pay less, enabling people of modest means to grow immediately rich by becoming small.

The film has fun picturing exactly what the miniaturized world would resemble, as Damon goes to reside in a luxury micro-city, a sort of retirement home for the tiny.

Then it takes a major turn to ask whether science might be humankind’s salvation, or whether stubbornly imperfect human nature is likely to be our species’ undoing.

Along the way, a movie that began in the familiar Payne area of Omaha, Nebraska, takes audiences all the way to an underground bunker in a Norwegian fjord.

Numerous will discover the journey unexpected, but customers in Venice were mainly happy to be swept along for the trip. The Guardian called the movie a “spry, nuanced, winningly digressive motion picture,” while the Hollywood Reporter said it was “fascinating, funny” and “deeply humane.”

Eventually, the film rests on Payne’s propensity for portraying human relationships. Damon’s Paul becomes good friends with a louche European next-door neighbor, played by Waltz, and establishes sensations for Ngoc Lan, a former Vietnamese political prisoner working as a house cleaner.

Actress Hong Chau (“Treme,””Inherent Vice” )is currently being talked of as a possible awards candidate for her efficiency as the spirited, complicated character.

“This is a character that is normally in the background, that is low-status character in the culture, and not one that you generally see in the leading edge of a story,” she stated.

“Downsizing” is the latest ordinary-Joe role for Damon, who exudes a pleasant everyman-under-duress quality whether he’s action hero Jason Bourne or a stranded astronaut in “The Martian.”

Damon stated he thinks films “are the best tool for compassion that we have.”

“What I love about this– exactly what I love about a lot of these stories that I get to assist tell– is it reveals a relatable character whose life is various from our own however who we discover common cause with,” he said. “This is a stunning and optimistic motion picture. A reporter stated to me, which I thought was really terrific: ‘This is Alexander’s the majority of optimistic movie and it has the apocalypse in it.'”

The movie has actually been in the works for a years, however in an AP interview, Damon said its ecological style felt “torn from the headlines.”

“Though the (U.S.) administration would not say that,” he included. “They’re not acknowledging climate modification as a reality.”

Harvey, Murphy lead Mets over Cubs 4-2 in NLCS opener

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015|7:36 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP)– Matt Harvey delivered his first huge performance on baseball’s October phase. Daniel Murphy has been offering them all postseason.

Harvey pitched the video game he’s been pining for, Murphy took his most current star turn and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Saturday night in their NL Championship Series opener.

“I wanted this video game bad,” Harvey stated.

After getting rid of competing St. Louis and streaking into New York with 12 wins in 13 games, the power-hitting Cubs and their young sluggers were stopped cold on a chilly night at Citi Field. Trying to end a champion dry spell that dates to 1908, they continued to be 4 wins from catching their first pennant in 7 decades.

Meanwhile, the Mets have a mind to make some history of their own– the kind that would break the Cubs’ hearts one more tormenting time.

“If Harvey had not been pitching, it would have looked a lot better. He was exceptional tonight,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon stated. “His things is always excellent, but the command was outrageous tonight.”

Game 2 in the best-of-seven set is Sunday night, with Chicago ace Jake Arrieta facing novice Noah Syndergaard.

Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes lowered a runner at the plate, and Curtis Granderson had two RBIs for New York. Travis d’Arnaud homered off the huge Mets apple in straightaway center field.

“I’ve never ever seen that in the past,” Murphy said.

Helped by Cespedes’ strong toss, Harvey struck out nine and worked into the eighth for the first time in more than 2 months– brushing aside all that late-season hoopla about his innings limit as his 2015 total reached 202.

“I talk to this guy every day. I know precisely what he’s made from,” Mets supervisor Terry Collins stated. “He desires the baseball. … That is not simply a mask that he’s putting out. This children likes to compete.”

Jeurys Familia got 4 outs for his third playoff save, and the NL East champs solved the wild-card Cubs for the very first time all year. The Mets went 0-7 throughout the period series and had actually dropped nine in a row to Chicago in general.

New york city is seeking to advance to the World Series for the first time in 15 years, the longest absence in franchise history however one the Cubs and all their hurt, loyal followers certainly scoff at.

Murphy connected off losing pitcher Jon Lester for his fourth homer of the playoffs and made a diving play at 2nd base for the final out.

“I went crazy when I caught it, then you have actually got to make the throw,” Murphy stated. “I simply occurred to be in the ideal area.”

Kyle Schwarber was the only one of those rookie boppers who flaunted his prodigious power for the Cubs, striking a massive homer that chased Harvey with 2 outs in the 8th and pulled Chicago to 4-2.

Starlin Castro had an RBI double in the fifth but was thrown away at the plate by Cespedes on Javier Baez’s single.

Murphy finished off the Dodgers in the deciding video game of their Division Series with an all-around offending performance that influenced a “Mr. October” nod in a tweet from the New York original, Reggie Jackson.

2 nights later, the free agent-to-be was at it once again, getting the Mets off to a rollicking start against Chicago.

“As soon as once more, put our team behind the 8-ball versus a truly good pitcher,” Lester stated. “Just aiming to get your feet wet and trying to figure out exactly what’s going on, and boom! You’re down 1-0.”

Murphy, who set a career high this season with 14 homers, launched another one into the second deck in right field for his fourth of the postseason. By taking Clayton Kershaw (twice), Zack Greinke and Lester deep, the 2014 All-Star has tagged $517 million worth of pitchers in these playoffs.

“He’s secured, when he gets secured he can do some damage offensively, and you’re seeing that today,” colleague David Wright stated. “It doesn’t matter what they throw at him. Left-hander, right-hander. Fastballs, off-speed pitches. It’s enjoyable to see.”

It was Murphy’s 3rd homer versus a left-hander in the playoffs– he had one throughout the regular period. And by connecting in his 3rd successive postseason game, he matched a Mets record set by Donn Clendenon in 1969, the year he was World Series MVP.

“Conserving the homers, I think,” Murphy joked. “If I knew exactly what I was doing, I would have struck more homers during the regular season.”

Granderson’s soft RBI single on an 0-2 pitch from Lester put the Mets up 2-1 in the fifth, and d’Arnaud struck a 431-foot drive in the sixth. Juan Lagares took third against Lester in the seventh and scored on Granderson’s sacrifice fly.

With that familiar October chill in the New york city air for the first time this postseason, Harvey came out firing 95-96 mph heat on a 48-degree night.

Chicago hit several line drives that were developed into outs, including one that prompted Harvey to duck rapidly out of the method and another that struck him near his pitching shoulder.

But this was his video game.

“The ball kind of dented my arm a little bit, got me best in the triceps muscles,” Harvey said. “It’s a bit inflamed today, however the training staff will take care of that and we’ll be all set.”

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Cubs: Arrieta is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts in two playoff starts. No Cubs pitcher has actually won three games in one postseason. The right-hander was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two getaways against the Mets this season.

Mets: Syndergaard lost his major league launching 6-1 to Arrieta at Wrigley Field in May. “I remember I fell back a couple of batters. Still sort of was a lot to take in. I simply seem like a completely different pitcher now,” Syndergaard stated.