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Bruins vs. Golden Knights 10/15/17 PREVIEW: New team, familiar faces

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Ha ha they get to beat up on the expansion tea-oh...oh they’re good.

Arizona Coyotes v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Just the Facts:

The Time: 7:00pm EST

The Place: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (Paradise), Nevada

Place to Watch: NESN, Sportsnet-1, AT&T Sportsnet

Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM

Opposing Team SBNation Blog: Knights on Ice

Players to watch for:

  • James Neal has had a point in every game Vegas has played this year and has often scored at critical times. Watch out for this guy.
  • Nate Schmidt has been quietly racking up assists and has taken to his top pairing role with aplomb.
  • Vadim Shipachyov went to the Vegas AHL team for a couple games for...roster limit skulduggery or something like that. With Erik Haula out, the ex-KHL all-star will finally get to debut for the Knights.
  • Colin Miller’s first game back in Boston will be him playing in the top 4.

Quick Game Preview:

Whoo boy...this might be a little tricky.

See, y’know how you might’ve thought to yourself over the past like two weeks that Vegas would be some kind of pushover or something? Vegas would like a word with that thought. They would like to beat it to death with a rock.

Now granted, it’s still early, and Marc Andre Fleury can have a bad game if the mood strikes him, but right now the Golden Knights have been an absolutely hellacious team to play. Their seemingly rag-tag lineup has gelled into a shockingly effective team at penalty killing, scoring, and keeping pace. Believe it or not, the first real test of the season is the Bruins’ first visit to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Man, the early season’s weird, isn’t it?

NEVER 4GET:

It was Gretzky who first pioneered skating in Vegas:

Also, this team will be the one to enter T-Mobile Arena as the first Boston Bruins team facing Las Vegas. Time to party.