The Vegas Golden Knights have exceeded all expectations, both in terms of their contemporary peers and historically.
The Knights became the third team in NHL history to record four wins in the first five games of their inaugural season. The only other franchises to do so were the 1917-18 Montreal Canadiens and the 1926-27 New York Rangers. Both teams were competing in drastically different leagues, with a fifth the number of teams that exist now.
Vegas’ matchup against the Bruins on Sunday night represented its first meeting with a 2016-17 playoff team. They played Arizona twice in a home and home as well as Dallas and Detroit on the road prior to Sunday nights game.
They could very well be favored to win their next matchup (against the Sabres), who have struggled out of the gate.
The Golden Knights will then face the Blues and Blackhawks later in the week.
With Marc Andre Fleury gone with a concussion and the goaltending core falling on the hands of an inexperienced Malcolm Subban and Maxime Lagace, the road ahead is uncertain for the new franchise.