If you are in it you have a chance and that’s all that counts for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Following the blockbuster announcement from the NHL on Tuesday, we are now a step closer to hockey and the Vegas Golden Knights returning.
Granted, there is still a lot to be thrashed out and agreed upon before a puck is even dropped, but the Golden Knights will get to fight for the Stanley Cup and that’s all that matters.
You have to be in the dance in order to have a chance, after all.
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There will be some, and a few already have, cast doubt on the 24-team Playoff format and its true merits when it comes to fairness.
Granted, for teams like the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning who slogged hard to earn top seed status, the fact that they could begin play in the actual Stanley Cup Playoffs as a third or fourth-seed does seem a bit baffling.
But there was no perfect solution out there and it was impossible to make every single team happy.
Let’s face it, this is an odd year and we all have to just go with the flow.
And that’s exactly what the NHL are doing and you have to give them full credit for being creative in trying to ensure that a Stanley Cup Champion will be crowned in 2019-20.
It also works out pretty well for the Golden Knights all considering too.
A third-seed based on points percentage, the Knights will get the chance to battle for the top-seed in the three-game, in-conference round-robin tournament, while the worst outcome is to fall to the fourth-seed where they could face the Edmonton Oilers who they handled pretty well during the regular season, going 2-1-0 in three games.
But, for a team like the Golden Knights and with the abundance of riches at their disposal, it doesn’t really matter what happens in the round-robin tournament.
The fact of the matter is that no matter what, as long as hockey can return this year, they have already punched their Stanley Cup Playoffs ticket.
Vegas will be in the dance no matter what and they have the weapons and the brains behind the bench needed to go all the way and lift the greatest prize in all of sports.
That’s all that matters.
There probably won’t be any complaints from the front office over the format, they will just deal with whatever is laid out in-front of them and conduct their business.
They will no doubt use those three games in the round-robin tournament as the perfect opportunity to get the likes of Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch up to speed following their respective injuries, while blowing off any rust for the rest of the roster.
Then, no matter the opponent in the First Round, the Golden Knights should be pretty much at the peak of their powers and good to go.
With an elite one-two punch between the pipes, a solid blueline that can get the job done and an explosive forward unit, the Golden Knights are built to go the distance and survive the ultimate endurance test.
They are built to win now and that hasn’t changed.
It doesn’t matter about a new way of doing things, it doesn’t matter that they will have to play in somebody else’s building for the duration and it doesn’t matter that there won’t be fans in attendance.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be in the postseason and, as a result, they will get the chance to fulfill their ultimate destiny.
And that’s all that matters.