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[*] posted on 15-1-2018 at 05:55
Home crowd has been huge lift for expansion Golden Knights

as dozens of fans in Rangers jerseys wandered through the Vegas strip and casinos before heading to a sold-out T-Mobile Arena for the first time.,The buzz was evident in town

To be sure, the teams got to this point on different, winding roads.

The first 12 games were a struggle for the Rangers, who went 3-7-2. The media and fans put coach Alain Vigneault under a microscope and wondered if a change should be made behind the bench if the downward spiral continued. It didn’t, things turned around, and the Rangers were in an Eastern Conference playoff position on Saturday.

About 2,500 miles to the west, where expectations were not as high, the Golden Knights charged out of the gate. Entering Sunday night’s game, they were in second place in the NHL and were a league-best 17-2-1 at home.

we had a bunch of home games, we went on a six-game road trip, and I think we went 1-4-1. Then when we came home,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said Sunday. “The first two were on the road, and we finished the trip 2-0, so the guys built a little more confidence off that. But probably a couple weeks after that,“In the beginning, so that was a good confidence-builder. Then we won seven of eight at home, we got hot again.

“So I think it was probably after about a good month and a half that we felt we had a really good team and we can play with anybody if we play our game.”

Gallant said the home crowd has provided great backing for the newcomers, noting that the noise level, in his mind, could be compared only to old Chicago Stadium.

Defenseman Deryk Engelland, a Calgary native who had lived here for 14 years before coming back from Pittsburgh in the expansion draft, said he isn’t surprised by the way the area has embraced the Knights.

actually, and for the East Coast,adidas Sidney Crosby jersey, that was pretty good the first few years I was here. There’s a lot of people from different hockey states and different countries,” he said, “playing here in the East Coast [Hockey League],500 fans,“No,adidas Jake Guentzel jersey, I think we averaged 5, and that helps grow it even more. And a lot of people just got tickets to come to their first game and got hooked. I’ve heard a lot of that.”

Vigneault, who was an assistant coach for the expansion Ottawa Senators, made this comparison: “I can tell you from my first experience with an expansion team back in ’92-93, the [expansion] rules were a lot different, so the quality of their players is different. But give this organization full credit.”

On the ice Sunday,adidas Brent Burns jersey, who was 2-0-1 with a 1.26 GAA and a .966 save percentage in his last three starts, there was another twist: Henrik Lundqvist, did not start. Ondrej Pavelec, whose 38 saves through overtime and three more in a shootout that ended in a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes in Arizona on Saturday, was in net for the Rangers.

Although Lundqvist would have four or five days to rest, the move was planned,Authentic Steven Stamkos jersey, Vigneault said. Pavelec, who stopped all 30 shots in regulation and two shots in a shootout on Dec. 27 against Washington for a shutout in his last start, knew since the beginning of the week that this would be another opportunity.

” Vigneault said. “We’ve got two good goaltenders and feel it’s the right thing to do.”,“He’s playing well

and sang a few words as Georgia’s Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed the anthem.,Tens of thousands of fans filling the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium greeted Trump with a mixed reaction as ROTC members escorted him onto the field for the national anthem. The president stood with his hand over his heart and an American flag pin on his lapel

as well as the NFL itself for allowing it.,Trump has criticized professional football players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice

“We want our flag respected,” Trump said earlier Monday during a speech in Nashville, “and we want our national anthem respected also.”

the sale price is 13.5% more than our valuation of the NHL team last month.,Media outlets are reporting the value of the sale as $550 million. Not true. Two people with first-hand knowledge of the sale have told me the enterprise value was $420 million. Still

Dundon now owns 61% of the Hurricanes (the $420 million valuation is for 100%) with outgoing owner Peter Karmanos retaining 39%. Dundon has an option to purchase the remainder in three years.

For Karmanos, the $420 million (3.9 times 2016-17 revenue) is a huge win. The Hurricanes generally have been losing money and with no basketball team to help anchor PNC Arena, which is run by the hockey team, the building's economics are challenging.

For the NHL, possibly in Seattle, the $420 million enterprise value hammers home the point that expansion team prices do not equate to a floor for team values. The expansion fee paid by Vegas Golden Knights, was $500 million. And the next expansion team, which joined the league this season, may indeed go for over $600 million.

thinly capitalized franchise and Karmanos--who bought the team for $47.5 million in 1994--has wanted out for a few years.,But the Hurricanes were a debt-laden

The Devils were back on the ice for practice after their bye week and defenseman Mirco Mueller was back on the ice with his teammates for the first time since fracturing his left clavicle on Nov. 12.

Mueller, 22, was expected to miss 10-12 weeks. He’s been skating on his own since just before Christmas.

Devils coach John Hynes listed Mueller as day to day after practice and said he still needs some more practices before being re-inserted into the lineup.

physically,"I think, I'm ready to play," Mueller said after practice. "I'd be ready to play tomorrow with the injury. That's all healed up. I think now it's just, I haven't really played or practiced with anyone for a while. That's kind of the other part. I've got to get back a bit. I've been skating for a while now on my own, which obviously helps a bit. Conditioning-wise, obviously, I felt really good. I think I was able to hold a decent pace during practice.

"It's more the battle, getting confident again," Mueller added. "I was trying to be a little cautious at the beginning."

The Devils practiced today at Barnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center and will host the Flyers on Saturday night (Faceoff: 7 p.m.; Television: MSG Plus; Radio: digital WFAN.com, One Jersey Network) in their first game since a 5-4, five-round shootout loss to the Islanders at Barclays Center.

just to put them in some tight-area situations,“That was one of the reasons we practiced the way we did today, where there’s not a lot of time and space and they’ve got to have their thought process, making decisions," Hynes said. "Then we did some things where they had to go up and down the ice in similar situations. We’ll have another quick skate tomorrow and we expect them to be ready. They’re fresh and the thing with them, their read and reacting, four days off does not de-condition them. It’s just they’re a little rusty. so I think it’s more about just getting ourselves mentally prepared to play and making sure we have our details down.”

The Devils are looking to snap a season-high five-game losing streak (0-2-3) in their first of four meetings with the Flyers this season. It’s the second in a string of five straight games against Metropolitan Division opponents. Twenty of the Devils’ final 41 games are against divisional foes.

Mueller participated fully in the drills and it did not look like there were any restrictions.

Acquired from the Sharks in the offseason to bolster their defense corps, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Mueller,Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey, an offensive-minded defenseman, has two assists in 13 games for the Devils.

He said he knew immediately at Chicago when he was checked by John Hayden just 18 seconds into the first period of a 7-5 win on Nov. 12 what he had injured.

"Yeah," Mueller said. "The funny thing is I broke the same exact bone when I was like 10 years old. When it happened,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey, I remembered the pain of that. It was the same thing so when I was skating off I was like 99 percent sure that’s what it was.

"It was an awkward play," Mueller added. "Thinking back, I haven’t really watched it, I was kind in a tough spot. He just finished his hit and caught my shoulder."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman,Authentic Jake Guentzel jersey, speaking in Nashville ahead of this weekend's All-Star festivities,Authentic Brent Burns jersey, said Wideman would face the league's standard disciplinary process.

"I may ultimately have to be in a position of making a judgment here, and I try to never prejudge things," Bettman told WKRN. "There is a process that we will go through, and ultimately, we'll get to the right place."

sending Henderson to the ice and against the boards. Wideman said the hit was unintentional. He was not penalized.,adidas Joe Thornton jersey,Wideman had just taken a hit from Nashville winger Miikka Salomaki and was skating toward the Flames' bench when he leveled linesman Don Henderson from behind

Wideman said after the game that he was distracted after the Salomaki hit and unintentionally collided with Henderson.

"I took a pretty good hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and neck,adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey," Wideman said. "I was just trying to get off the ice and kind of keeled over. At the last second, I looked up and saw [Henderson] and couldn't avoid it. I went up to Donnie and apologized to him on the ice.

"I didn't see him. I didn't know where to go and how to get out of the way. I've been around for a few years, and I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref. It was completely unintentional,Authentic Vladimir Tarasenko jersey, and I already apologized to him."

Wideman skated over to where the officials were gathered and apologized.,At the next stoppage

Wideman, 32, is in his fourth season with the Flames and 11th in the NHL. He is second on the team in penalty minutes with 30 and has two goals and 19 points this season.

New York Rangers left wing Dan Carcillo elbowed linesman Steve Driscoll while Driscoll was trying to keep Carcillo away from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust. Carcillo was assessed a game misconduct penalty and suspended 10 games.,Most physical contact between players and officials has occurred when officials have been trying to break up fights among players. In the 2014 Eastern Conference finals

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Andre Roy left the penalty box and made contact with a linesman who was trying to stop him from resuming a fight with the Rangers' Sandy McCarthy. Roy was suspended three games for physical abuse of an official and 10 games for leaving the penalty box.,adidas Steven Stamkos jersey,In April 2002

Some officials have been more than collateral damage. In September 2000, then left the penalty box and pulled referee Mark Faucette to the ice as he tried to go after Reekie again. Dwyer was suspended 10 games for physical abuse of officials, Lightning winger Gordie Dwyer "applied physical force, to linesman David Brisebois during a fight with Joe Murphy and Joe Reekie of the Washington Capitals," per the NHL, 10 games for leaving the penalty box and three games for three game-misconduct penalties.

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph was given a misconduct penalty but not suspended in 2000 after he tried to confront referee Mick McGeough about a controversial goal and slipped and took out McGeough's legs. However, Chicago Blackhawks center Tom Lysiak was suspended 20 games, among the longest bans in NHL history, for intentionally tripping linesman Ron Foyt in 1983.

1955, it sparked "The Richard Riot" on the streets of Montreal, causing an estimated $100, Richard, a Canadiens winger, who was trying to break things up. NHL president Clarence Campbell suspended Richard for the rest of the season. When Campbell showed up at a Canadiens game four days later,On March 13, was on the receiving end of a high stick from Boston Bruins defenseman Hal Laycoe. Richard went after Laycoe and punched linesman Cliff Thompson,000 damage and leading to arrests and injuries.

In the 1927 Stanley Cup finals, Coutu, a defenseman for the Bruins, punched a referee and tackled another during a bench-clearing brawl. He received a lifetime ban and was fined $100. His ban later was reduced to 2? years, but he never played again.

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