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The Vegas Golden Knights quickly became the hottest thing in hockey last season, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals during their first year in existence. Although they ultimately lost to the Washington Capitals, it was quite the feat for an expansion team from Nevada.

Hoping the Golden Knights will take it all the way this year? Here are the five most important games of their schedule.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks

November 24 | 7 PM

The sharks currently lead the Pacific Division, and if the Knights want to take that honor, they will have to knock them off. They have already played twice this season, with Las Vegas taking both victories. However, that was celar back in november, and the trajectory of both teams has diverged. If the Golden Knights want to make up some ground, this is their first chance. SHOP TICKETS HERE

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals

December 4 | 7 PM

The Capitals are the ones who ended the Las Vegas dream season in the Finals last year, trouncing them in five games. To make matters worse, they faced off in October this year, with the Capitals crushing the Knights 5-2. Needless to say, revenge is on the minds of the Vegas faithful. They get their chance in December, with pride on the line. SHOP TICKETS HERE

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks

November 29 | 7 PM

The Canucks are the other leading team in the Pacific Division, trailing the Sharks by only a point at the time of this writing. This is another chance for the Knights to make up some ground and close the gap between the top and bottom of the standings. The last time these two teams met was in October, ending in an intense shootout that the Canucks ultimately prevailed in. SHOP TICKETS HERE

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings

December 23 | 5 PM

On the other side of the revenge coin are the Kings, who have quickly grown to hate their new neighbors across the desert. The Knights swept them in the playoffs last season, becoming the first team to sweep a foe in their inaugural year. Making matters worse, they cleaned their clocks both times the teams saw each other in preseason, and they beat them two of the three times they met last year. Do we smell a rivalry brewing? SHOP TICKETS HERE

Vegas Golden Knights vs Arizona Coyotes

November 21 | 7 PM

Speaking of potential rivals, the Coyotes were one of the teams rumored to be moving to Vegas before the Golden Knights came into existence. Their geographic proximity and the fact that they both play in the same division also leads many to believe that they will develop a relationship that could be interesting. But before that all happens, they have to face off against each other many more times, and since the Knights already beat Phoenix four out of five games that they’ve seen each other, you can bet that the Coyotes are already howling for blood. SHOP TICKETS HERE

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