Golden Knights push for first

18 December 2017 06:03:06 GMTPlus11

The Vegas Golden Knights can pull even with the Los Angeles Kings atop the Pacific Division on Sunday if they beat the visiting Florida Panthers.

The Knights continue to be the story of the season as the expansion franchise has exceeded all expectations by challenging from the first day of the campaign.

Winners last time out against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas is in the midst of a five-game home stand that will also see the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals come into town prior to Christmas.

Former Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 24 of the 25 shots that he faced against Pittsburgh to help his new club to the 2-1 win.

James Neal's 15th of the season was cancelled out by Ian Cole of the visitors but Jon Merrill scored the winner midway through the third period as the Knights bounced back from a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the Kings have lost three in a row although they did pick up a regulation point against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Jordan Eberle struck for the winner in the extra frame for the hosts at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after Anze Kopitar had tied proceedings with 13 seconds to play in regulation.

LA moves on to Philadelphia to face the Flyers in the finale of their four-game road swing and then heads home later in the week to entertain the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kings are 8.00 to win the Pacific Division with the Golden Knights 1.47.

The Kings are 12.00 to win the Western Conference while the Dallas Stars are priced at 11.00.

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