Free concert, tattoos and more available at Toshiba Plaza before Game 1

"The Stanley Cup final that was never meant to be, right?" the Knights defenceman said at Sunday's media day. Meanwhile, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are playing for Lord Stanley's mug in their very first year of existence.

As the Golden Knights head into game one of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the Washington Capitals, the city of Las Vegas is seriously backing its team by launching the #nocaps campaign, boycotting all capital letters.

A couple who survived the October shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has named their newborn after the Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith, saying the team has brought some positivity into their lives after the tragedy.

"While I'd like to tell you we programmed our winter sports around the Canadian market coming to visit, it's just kind of more of a bonus for us".

Died hard fans like Steiner placed his bet at the Atlantis Casino Sports Book.

At 3 p.m., rapper Lil Jon and feature special guests will host a free concert on Toshiba Plaza.

The Knights led in ticket count, 151-59, at the Westgate as of early Monday afternoon.

"We're approaching it like we've approached every game this year - just focus on ourselves", said Vegas defenseman Luca Sbisa, who broke into the National Hockey League with the Flyers in 2008. "And then I'm fine to come back". Perhaps that is why, rather than viewing the finals in terms of heroes and villains, Trotz said the matchup with the Golden Knights is good for growing the sport. "Grab a hold of these moments and do whatever you can to win". It was Prior who recommended McPhee and company draft Holtby in 2008, when the Capitals made him the second pick of the fourth round (and the 10th goalie taken in the draft).

The total on Game 1 is 5½ goals (Under minus 125).

Most NHL GMs choose their assistants from among their past colleagues. He identified good players and developed them.

The betting public also is backing the Knights on the puck line (-1½) at plus 175.

The Knights would be the first debut team in major U.S. sports history to win the title.

"Besides your family and kids, there's nothing better than winning", said winger James Neal, who fell two wins shy of the Cup previous year in Nashville.

And now, just as this storybook season should end, the only team standing between McPhee and his first Stanley Cup as a player or general manager, is the team that he built.

"People like to take a shot on that at really long odds", Salmons said.

Asked here Sunday afternoon how he would characterize perhaps the most unlikely championship showdown in National Hockey League history, Schmidt didn't disappoint. Matter of fact, don't enter Game 1 expecting the contest to be all that embarrassing for either side because blowouts have been extremely rare to open the Stanley Cup final.

In the first round, it was overcoming a 2-0 deficit against Columbus and its fiery coach, John Tortorella, who had stirred up so much playoff tension with Washington over the years with the New York Rangers, another franchise that has haunted the Capitals in recent springs.

Knights gear is everywhere in Sin City and numerous casinos' massive electronic marquees wish the Knights good luck.

"We're going to look to go to Game 4 in D.C. next Monday night".

  • Julie Sanders