Vegas Golden Knights to play LA Kings in preseason action at Vivint Arena in fall

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) celebrates after defenseman Nick Holden, left, scored a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) celebrates after defenseman Nick Holden, left, scored a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (John Locher, Associated Press)



SALT LAKE CITY — Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights claimed a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Monday to take a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals.

The Golden Knights, who have only been in the league since 2017 as an NHL expansion team, became Las Vegas' first major team and have hit the ground running ever since. With the No. 2 seed out West, the Golden Knights are tracking well to return to the Stanley Cup Finals since its debut season in 2017 when it lost to the Washington Capitols 4-1.

On Tuesday, the Utah Sports Commission announced the Golden Knights will meet up with the LA Kings at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Sept. 30 as part of the 2021 NHL preseason schedule.

Could it will be the World Champion Golden Knights? Time will tell.

The Kings, who did not qualify for the 2020-21 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 21-28-7 record, will play host to what is the first of a three-game series dubbed Frozen Fury Utah.

It's the third time the Kings have played at Vivint Arena since 2018 but the first time the two teams will meet in the Frozen Fury series, which was created by the Kings in 1997. The two will again meet up in 2022 and 2023.

"It has always been important for us to have a destination game in the preseason. We feel Salt Lake City, and the surrounding areas, are the ideal setting," Kings president and hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille said in a statement. "It will be great to play the Vegas Golden Knights in what will be a fun and festive atmosphere. Hockey continues to prosper in Utah and playing against our rival is a natural fit for this game and for the next few games in subsequent seasons."

The game will be played in front of what is expected to be a full-capacity stadium. Tickets for the matchup will go on sale Friday, June 25 at vivintarena.com.

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