Published Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 8:34 p.m.
Updated 1 hour, 47 minutes ago
The Golden Knights will kick off the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild as the No. 2 seed in the West Division.
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings tonight, clinching the West title and the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top seed. That sets up Vegas to host the Wild in a best-of-seven series, which will begin at noon Sunday at T-Mobile Arena and televised on NBC. Games 1 and 2 will be at T-Mobile Arena, as will Games 5 and 7, if necessary.
The Golden Knights struggled against the Wild this season, going 3-4-1 and only winning one game in regulation. Minnesota was the only team against which Vegas had a losing record in the regular season, and the Golden Knights are 5-10-1 all-time against the Wild.
The Golden Knights finished second in the West, but also second in the NHL, meaning they will have home-ice advantage in every series except if they play the Avalanche. Vegas and Colorado finished with the same number of standings points (82), but Colorado has the tiebreaker based on regulation wins (35-30).
Colorado will play the St. Louis Blues, with the winner of that series facing the winner of Vegas-Minnesota.
Golden Knights playoff schedule
Sunday — Game 1 vs. Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena, noon, NBC
Tuesday — Game 2 vs. Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena, 7 p.m., AT&T SportsNet (local) and NBC Sports Network (national)
May 20 — Game 3 vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, 6:30 p.m., AT&T SportsNet (local) and NBC Sports Network (national)
May 22 — Game 4 vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, 5 p.m., NBC
May 24 — Game 5 vs. Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena, TBD*
May 26 — Game 6 vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, TBD*
May 28 — Game 7 vs. Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena, TBD*