If the Golden Knights made it to the playoffs, would it be worth it?

The Stanley Cup playoffs feature the best and most unpredictable hockey game among the 16 teams that made it to the post-season which is why we love them so much. The focus now for the Vegas Golden Knights is simply to make them for the fifth consecutive season.

Things are getting better after the overtime win over the Washington Capitals and the Dallas Stars lose to Calgary Flames. Here are the updated Western Conference Stanley Cup Playoff match odds.

But looking forward a bit, if the Golden Knights were able to reach the playoffs, could they do damage? The two paths we’ve assumed over the past few weeks for the Golden Knights to creep into the playoffs will be second in the Wild Card in the West or third in the Pacific Division.

With Calgary Flames winning the Pacific Division Thursday night, we now have a good understanding of what some of the playoffs will be in the West.

The Colorado Avalanche snatched first place in the Western Conference and will play for the second wild card team. The Edmonton Oilers are somewhat guaranteed to stay second in the Pacific Division as they have two games on hand over the Los Angeles Kings who are in third place.

So with these three teams in mind, let’s do an early and quick playoff preview of the Golden Knights, assuming they’ll end up dancing. Can this team run?

Experience and intangible assets

It’s worth noting that the Golden Knights have three active Stanley Cup champions on their roster: Chandler Stevenson, Alex Petrangelo and Alec Martinez. Pietrangelo and Martinez know a thing or two about sneaking qualifying and running.

The 2019 St. Louis Blues, led by Captain Petrangelo, finished last in the standings in January but rallied to run into the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup. Martinez and the 2012 Kings were the last ranked team in the Western Conference, but they took off thanks to Jonathan Quick and won the Stanley Cup as well.

But on the other side of the spectrum, the Golden Knights have two very important members of their squad who don’t have any experience in the playoffs. The first is Jack Eichel, whose six years in Buffalo didn’t get him close to the playoffs. We all know how important it is for him to play in a potential cup tour.

The second is Logan Thompson, who could end up being the start of the Golden Knight if they manage to slip into the playoffs. Debate continues over whether or not Thompson should play Robin Lehner. But Thompson proved to be a strong and reliable young goalkeeper for VGK and his workload would increase exponentially if he ended up taking the call in the playoffs.

reinforcements

Another thing that works in favor of the Golden Knights if they release is the players who can come back from injury. It’s no secret that the Golden Knights have seven players in the LTIR for the purpose of managing the maximum salary. But once the playoffs begin, Kelly McCrammon can take a sigh of relief and energize some of his prepared players.

Head coach Peter DeBoer confirmed that Riley Smith will be available if the Golden Knights make the playoffs, so this is indeed a huge plus for the team. Then you have guys like Nolan Patrick, William Carrier, Brett Howden, Nicolas Hague and Laurent Brossoit all available.

Perhaps, if the Golden Knights make the playoffs, we can finally see what this team can do with full force.

2nd Wild Card – Colorado Avalanche

Let’s shift gears now and dive into potential final matches if the Golden Knight sneaks in. I won’t go into too much detail here just yet because this series has yet to be confirmed.

The Colorado Avalanche are a total buggy and arguably the best team in the NHL. This team has been waiting for the postseason since the beginning of their schedule. This core is being pushed to win the Stanley Cup and 2022 could be the year they end up doing so.

They have a goal difference of +83, seven players with over 50 points, three players with over 30 goals, and Nathan McKinnon, Gabriel Landskog, Mikko Rantanen, Nazim Kadri, and Kal Makar are all on their squad.

I don’t see any scenario where the Golden Knights would survive against such a strong team.

“If I was a Wild Card, I sure as hell wouldn’t want to play Colorado in the first round, because it would be a waste of eight days,” — March 15 quote from Daryl Sutter — Calgary Flames head coach.

3rd Pacific- Edmonton Oilers

A first round match against Avalanche is currently the most likely scenario for the Golden Knights if they press on after the season. But if the Los Angeles Kings fell from the Pacific, VGK could face the Edmonton Oilers. This is a chain that could end in the path of the Golden Knight.

Obviously, you have a threat from Conor McDavid and Leon Drysittel to worry about but even with some improvements this season, the Oilers are still a heavyweight side. Goaltending is also an oil sketch as Mike Smith and Miko Koskinen underperform or become brick walls.

Oh, and another good series against Evander Kane… I’ll let you decide what that could mean.

Panties In Punch

Of course, this article may soon become outdated if the Golden Knights end up losing in the playoffs. They still have a lot of work to do to get to the dance. Four matches are still on VGK’s schedule. They will play their final regular season game at home on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. against the San Jose Sharks. Then, Tuesday, they face the Superstars in a match likely to decide the fate of the team’s season.

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