It is a big one for the Vegas Golden Knights tonight as they matchup against a desperate Toronto Maple Leafs team at T-Mobile Arena (7:00 p.m. PT).
After snapping their five game losing streak in style by smoking the Calgary Flames on Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights will now look to build some momentum as they continue this four-game homestand.
But they come up against a Maple Leafs team who are in dire straits having lost five straight, being outscored 23-13 in that span.
In-fact, they haven’t won since beating the Golden Knights in Overtime on Nov, 7, and Head Coach Mike Babcock is now attracting a lot of heat.
So, it goes without saying that they will be a real desperate team coming into tonight’s game and, let’s face it, they still boast a plethora of talent.
And, on that note, let’s delve into the three keys to the game for the Vegas Golden Knights heaping more misery on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight…
1. Come Out Firing
As already mentioned, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in a slump right now and, as is par for the course given the market they are in, the walls are starting to close in on that franchise.
So, while this team may be extra motivated to get the win tonight, there will also be a plethora of pressure on their shoulders.
And that should play right into the hands of the Golden Knights.
Because, if they can repeat what they did against the Calgary Flames on Sunday by coming out fast and hard and putting the Leafs on the backfoot from the first drop of the puck, then the game will be there for the taking for Vegas.
Getting an early goal, playing hard and not giving Toronto a minute to breathe could result in an implosion from the Leafs.
After breaking out of their slump on Sunday and with all the pressure on the Maple Leafs, the pressure is off the Vegas Golden Knights and that should give them a major advantage.