Pacific Division Rankings During the All-Star Break: Where the Golden Knights Stand

The All-Star Break is upon us. Every NHL team needs their rest to prep for a Stanley Cup run, specifically in the Pacific. Where do the Vegas Golden Knights stand?

Vegas Golden Knights v New York Rangers
Vegas Golden Knights v New York Rangers / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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1. Vancouver Canucks

Morgan Rielly, Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, Auston Matthews
Toronto Maple Leafs v Vancouver Canucks / Derek Cain/GettyImages

Newly acquired Elias Lindholm is expected to boost Vancouver on both ends of the ice. The former Flames center can be inserted on the first line, bringing his 200-foot game to British Columbia. On top of that, he's great on special teams, specifically in the penalty kill (Vancouver is tied for 16th in penalties killed with 120, and tied for 15th in penalty kill percentage at 80%).

As for the Canucks themselves, they'll be tested coming out of the All-Star Break. We're talking about facing five teams currently in playoff positioning out of the first seven games back. Lindholm, along with the first-place 'Nucks, will have to put together complete games coming back. Otherwise, they have to deal with Vegas and Edmonton on their young tails.