Las Vegas valley embraces, excited for Golden Knights playoff run

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The Las Vegas valley is embracing the playoff run of the Golden Knights during their inaugural season.

The NHL team is Sin City’s first major professional sports franchise and on Wednesday night it will make its playoff debut when it hosts the Los Angeles Kings.

Thousands of people flocked to the outside area of the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip hours before the big game.

Fans who couldn’t score tickets to the big game opted to watch it at local sports bars.  Rapper Logic performed outside of the T-Mobile Arena ahead of the big game.

Properties on the Strip have embraced the #VegasBorn fever.

Those driving will see a giant puck sticking out of an elevator tower on the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Strip outside the Cromwell boutique hotel and Caesars Palace casino-resort.

The Statue of Liberty replica outside the New York-New York casino-resort will be sporting a team jersey in the coming days.

The Bellagio casino-resort has unveiled a five-foot-tall chocolate statue of Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.  Pastry chefs completed the statue in five weeks using 90 pounds of milk, dark and white chocolate, in addition to rice cereal and fondant.

Besides the 90 pounds of milk, there are other relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the playoffs. For instance, zero comes to mind, which is the number of expansion teams that have hoisted the Cup after starting from scratch. That’s a figure the upstart Vegas Golden Knights are aiming to update.

New teams that weren’t in the playoffs a season ago, matching the biggest year-to-year change. It includes Colorado, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Winnipeg.

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