Tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes start a six-game road trip predominantly on the west coast with a stopover in the Entertainment Capital of the world. A battered and bruised Vegas Golden Knights team awaits the Hurricanes, but the Knights have seen an improvement in their fortunes since the acquisition of the former Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel.
Vegas is coming into this game on the back of three straight wins. Not a team to be dismissed. This is with their entire first line on the injured reserve. Vegas as a team is certainly not someone you want to take lightly, because they have the ability to put games out of reach. Specifically at the fortress that is T-Mobile Arena on the Vegas strip.
Carolina is coming into this game coming off the back of a strong 3-2 win over the St Louis Blues back in Raleigh. Carolina will now get the chance to move to the top of the NHL standings with a win in Las Vegas and get to put a gap between themselves and the Washington Capitals at the top of the bloodbath that fans get to call the Metropolitan division.
With the Carolina Hurricanes fighting for a chance to move to the top of the NHL, extend their lead in the Metropolitan division, and continue their hot start to the season, a win tonight can do a lot more for the team. Tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes get to prove that they are the best team in the NHL and against one of the best teams in the National Hockey League.