The Golden Knights will open their fourth consecutive postseason appearance against the Minnesota Wild. Game 1 will be Sunday at T-Mobile Arena, with puck drop set for noon.
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Thursday to win the West Division and Presidents’ Trophy, clinching the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason. Despite squandering such an opportunity, the Golden Knights will have home-ice advantage against Minnesota.
Yet despite a 40-win season and, by all accounts a successful season, the Golden Knights got the worst possible draw for the first round.
Vegas is 5-10-1 all-time against Minnesota, including a 3-4-1 stretch during this compressed season. Vegas blew third-period leads on April 3, a 2-1 loss at Vegas, and May 3; a 6-5 loss that saw the Wild score three times in the third.
The first two rounds of this year’s postseason will be inter-divisional play. The top-seeded Avalanche will face the St. Louis Blues in a seven-game series; Game 1 of that matchup is on Monday.
Golden Knights vs. Wild schedule
Game 1: Sunday, noon — NBC
Game 2: Tuesday, 7 p.m. — NBCSN
Game 3: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. — NBCSN
Game 4: May 22, 5 p.m. — NBC
Game 5: May 24, TBD*
Game 6: May 26, TBD*
Game 7: May 28, TBD*