Remember all those times the Caps played the Golden Knights??
When the Road Crew and Fan Club flew out to Las Vegas and were really part of the VGK hype? Oh and we went to see Nate Schmidt because we felt like George McPhee stole him from DC??
Then they came to Capital One Arena and we were excited to see the pretty new shiny thing in the NHL. And Nate Schmidt.
April rolled around. May turned to June and fans lined up to send their warriors into battle in the desert.
The Capitals returned home a little bruised yet determined as the Knights skated into Red Country where the Caps remained victorious, winning their third in a row, making it 3-1 for the series. And Nate- well he became the enemy to defeat as captain Alex Ovechkin scored a beauty of a goal laying Schmidty out.
The Knights were escorted home by an invigorated and determinedWashington team. Fans bled red throughout Washington as their hero Lars Eller lobbed the final blow behind the Knights guardian of the net to win the biggest bestest trophy ever!
The Vegas Golden Knights return to Capital One Arena on Wednesday to face their past and forge their future. It won’t be a pleasant welcome this time. The rival is real.
There will be no Nate Schmidt, who is still working through a 20-game suspension for use of a banned substance and currently playing in Switzerland to keep in shape. Nor will Tom Wilson be part of the return match as he too is out for 20 games because of a judged illegal hit.
So far Thai new season, the Caps won their first game and lost their second in OT this season. They also haven’t played in a week because of some odd scheduling by the NHL. The Knights have played three games, losing their first to the Flyers, winning their second, and losing their third to the Sabres on Monday. They seem to be struggling more with a playoff hangover then the winners.
Braden Holtby and Marc-Andre Fleury are expected to defend their net again.
Any way you look at it, Wednesday will be a special night as the battle to go back-to-back and to claim a first Cup continues. Game has a late start- 8 pm and will be televised on NBCSN. There is local coverage before and after the game on NBC Sports Washington and of course live coverage by John Walton and his team on the Caps Radio. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.