Golden Knights set to tie expansion wins record

Record now held by Ducks, Panthers with 33 wins

With a win over the visiting New York Islander on Thursday night, the Vegas Golden Knights can tie the record for most wins by an expansion NHL team.

That record of 33 wins is currently held by the Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers, which both reached that victory total in the 1993-94 season.

While it took those teams the full 84-game season to do so, the Golden Knights are poised to do so in just 48 games. Vegas' record sits at a Western Conference-best 32-11-4 going into Thursday's game at T-Mobile Arena.

They briefly led the NHL standings with 66 points after a victory Sunday over the Carolina Hurricanes, but the Tampa Bay Lightning reclaimed that lead with a 2-0 victory at Chicago on Monday and then held on to it with a 4-3 overtime victory at Nashville on Tuesday, the same night Vegas beat Columbus 6-3 at home.

The Golden Knights should feel pretty secure against the Islanders at home, having posted a 10-0-2 record in their last 12 home games and league-best 19-2-2 home record overall. However, the Islanders won the team's inaugural meeting 6-3 on Oct. 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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