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Rookie Vegas Golden Knights netminder Logan Thompson turned away all 27 shots put on net by the Chicago Blackhawks to post his first shutout of the season Thursday night in the young season’s home opener at T-Mobile Arena.

With number one goaltender Robin Lehner out for the season due to hip surgery and a long rehabilitation process, the starting goaltending position was up for grabs during training camp. New coach Bruce Cassidy saw good things from 25-year old Thompson, and newly acquired puck stopper Adin Hill.

Thompson won game one Tuesday night in Los Angeles 4-3, thanks to a last-minute goal from team captain Mark Stone. Hockey pundits from all over North America have been saying that the Vegas Golden Knights look very solid throughout the lineup, except for the goaltending position. The pressure is on both Thompson and Hill to backstop this team into the playoffs, after they missed a chance to play for the Stanley Cup last spring.

So, Golden Knights fans should be happy to see a very solid performance from the young netminder on Thursday night against the Blackhawks, who had a lot of good chances against Thompson in the first period.

And, with all the star firepower the Golden Knights possess with names like Stone, Jack Eichel, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, Phil Kessel and Reilly Smith at forward, and studs like Alex Pietroangelo, Shea Theodore, and Alec Martinez on defense, you would expect they could score a bunch of goals to give their rookie netminder a bit of a cushion against a rebuilding team like the Blackhawks. But it was 22-year old fourth liner Paul Cotter who scored the lone goal for the home team Thursday night. In all fairness, Vegas did put 37 shots on goal, but Chicago goalie Alex Stalock was excellent in net as well.

In other team news, it was good to see newly resigned defenseman Nic Hague back in the lineup and on the ice Thursday night in the home opener. Now, the Vegas Golden Knights go on the road for a battle against the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night, and over to Calgary to face the Flames next Tuesday night. Go Knights Go!!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


NHL Releases Las Vegas Golden Knights' Season Schedule, See Here

The official schedule for the Vegas Golden Knights‘ 2022-23 regular season has finally been released.

On Wednesday, July 6, the National Hockey League unveiled the schedule. However, there’s a slight difference to the VGK’s first game compared to pervious seasons.

For the second time since the team’s inception, the Golden Knights will start their season away rather than at home, according to the NHL.

The first game will be on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. with the VGKs playing against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena.

On Oct. 13, the Golden Knights will play their first home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to the NHL, the Golden Knights will have a “season-high, seven-game homestand” that’ll start on Jan. 5, 2023.

This homestand will go as following:

  • Jan. 5 against Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jan. 7 against Los Angeles Kings
  • Jan. 12 against Florida Panthers
  • Jan. 14 against Edmonton Oilers
  • Jan. 16 against Dallas Stars
  • Jan. 19 against Detroit Red Wings
  • Jan. 21 against Washington Capitals

After this homestand, the Golden Knights will play a “season high” of six consecutive games on the road, which starts immediately after the streak of home games.

  • Jan. 22 in Arizona (Coyotes)
  • Jan. 24 in New Jersey (Devils)
  • Jan. 27 in New York (Rangers)
  • Jan. 28 in New York (Islanders)
  • Feb. 7 in Tennessee (Predators)
  • Feb. 9 in Minnesota (Wild)

According to the NHL, VGK will play at T-Mobile Arena during key dates for Sin City! These dates include Nevada Day, New Year’s Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the day of the National Football League’s Super Bowl LVII.

This season is sure to be an exciting one with new leadership and a change in command for the team.

Memberships for the full season will be available starting July 11 for the team’s 41 regular season games and additional preseason games.

“Key benefits to being a full-season member include the best pricing on tickets to all home games, a complimentary jersey, exclusive member-only events, and the ability to safely and conveniently resell game tickets,” the NHL stated.

For the Golden Knights‘ full 2022-23 schedule, see below!

  • Games in October

    • Tue. Oct. 11 at Los Angeles 7 p.m.
    • Thu. Oct. 13 vs. Chicago 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Oct. 15 at Seattle 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Oct. 18 at Calgary 6 p.m.
    • Thu. Oct. 20 vs. Winnipeg 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Oct. 22 vs. Colorado 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Oct. 24 vs. Toronto 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Oct. 25 at San Jose 7:30 p.m.
    • Fri. Oct. 28 vs. Anaheim 3 p.m.
    • Sun. Oct. 30 vs. Winnipeg 5 p.m.
  • Games In November

    • Tue. Nov. 1 at Washington 4 p.m.Thu. Nov. 3 at Ottawa 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 5 at Montreal 4 p.m.
    • Tue. Nov. 8 at Toronto 4 p.m.
    • Thu. Nov. 10 at Buffalo 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 12 vs. St. Louis 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Nov. 15 vs. San Jose 7 p.m.
    • Thu. Nov. 17 vs. Arizona 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 19 at Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Nov. 21 at Vancouver 7:30 p.m.
    • Wed. Nov. 23 vs. Ottawa 7 p.m.
    • Fri. Nov. 25 vs. Seattle 5 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov. 26 vs. Vancouver 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Nov. 28 at Columbus 4 p.m.
  • Games In December

    • Thu. Dec. 1 at Pittsburgh 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 3 at Detroit 4 p.m.
    • Mon. Dec. 5 at Boston 4 p.m.
    • Wed. Dec. 7 vs. N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.
    • Fri. Dec. 9 vs. Philadelphia 7 p.m.
    • Sun. Dec. 11 vs. Boston 5 p.m.
    • Tue. Dec. 13 at Winnipeg 5 p.m.
    • Thu. Dec. 15 at Chicago 5:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 17 vs. N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Dec. 19 vs. Buffalo 7 p.m.
    • Wed. Dec. 21 vs. Arizona 7 p.m.
    • Fri. Dec. 23 vs. St. Louis 7 p.m.
    • Tue. Dec. 27 at Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
    • Wed. Dec. 28 at Anaheim 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 31 vs. Nashville 12 p.m.
  • Games In January

    • Mon. Jan. 2 at Colorado 6 p.m.
    • Thu. Jan. 5 vs. Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 7 vs. Los Angeles 7 p.m.
    • Thu. Jan. 12 vs. Florida 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 14 vs. Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Jan. 16 vs. Dallas 3 p.m.
    • Thu. Jan. 19 vs. Detroit 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 21 vs. Washington 7 p.m.
    • Sun. Jan. 22 at Arizona 5 p.m.
    • Tue. Jan. 24 at New Jersey 4 p.m.
    • Fri. Jan. 27 at N.Y. Rangers 4 p.m.
    • Sat. Jan. 28 at N.Y. Islanders 4:30 p.m.


  • Games in February

    • Tue. Feb. 7 at Nashville 5 p.m.
    • Thu. Feb. 9 at Minnesota 5 p.m.
    • Sun. Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim 12 p.m.
    • Thu. Feb. 16 vs. San Jose 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Feb. 18 vs. Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
    • Tue. Feb. 21 at Chicago 5:30 p.m.
    • Thu. Feb. 23 vs. Calgary 7 p.m.
    • Sat. Feb. 25 vs. Dallas 7 p.m.
    • Mon. Feb. 27 at Colorado 6 p.m.


  • Games In March

    • Wed. March 1 vs. Carolina 7 p.m.
    • Fri. March 3 vs. New Jersey 7 p.m.
    • Sun. March 5 vs. Montreal 3 p.m.
    • Tue. March 7 at Florida 4 p.m.
    • Thu. March 9 at Tampa Bay 4 p.m.
    • Sat. March 11 at Carolina 4 p.m.
    • Sun. March 12 at St. Louis 4 p.m.
    • Tue. March 14 at Philadelphia 4 p.m.
    • Thu. March 16 vs. Calgary 7 p.m.
    • Sun. March 19 vs Columbus 1 p.m.
    • Tue. March 21 at Vancouver 7 p.m.
    • Thu. March 23 at Calgary 6 p.m.
    • Sat. March 25 at Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Tue. March 28 vs. Edmonton 7 p.m.
    • Thu. March 30 at San Jose 7:30 p.m.
  • Games In April

    • Sat. April. 1 vs. Minnesota 7 p.m.
    • Mon. April 3 at Minnesota 5 p.m.
    • Tue. April 4 at Nashville 5 p.m.
    • Thu. April 6 vs. Los Angeles 7 p.m.
    • Sat. April 8 at Dallas 5 p.m.
    • Tue. April 11 vs. Seattle 7 p.m.
    • Thu. April 13 at Seattle 7 p.m.
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