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A Recap of the NHL Golden Knights Hockey Season

The NHL season is coming to a close and to say that the Golden Knights performed well would be an understatement. The newest team to join the league has been analyzed all season and while the secret sauce of their success may still be a mystery, Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt explains it succinctly: “It’s Vegas, right? They say the house always wins.”

Let’s take a look at the Golden Knight’s inaugural season, their successes, and what we can expect for the remainder of the year.

The 2017-2018 Season

Golden Knights team members huddled up.

The Golden Knights are the NHL’s first expansion team in 17 years and started the season with an 8-1-0 record back in October. Only three of the past nine expansion teams that began playing since 1991 won more than one of their first seven games, but that didn’t scare the Knights. In the beginning of the season, even the players themselves were impressed. “I don’t think anyone was expecting a start like this, even though we knew we were pretty good,” forward William Karlsson said. “It’s been working so far. We had some dips, too, but we seem to find a way to win games still. So far, so good.”

At the time of writing, the Golden Knights are seeded #1 in the Pacific with 44 wins and 19 losses. These stats put them fourth in the entire league (trailing Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Boston). Now that the season is coming to a close, we’re looking toward the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup 2018

Representation of the NHL Stanley Cup.

Called “the surprise team of the season,” the Golden Knights have secured their playoff spot, with a 100% probability. The playoffs begin on April 11th and while the schedule has yet to be decided, below are the current standings and top three teams of each division at the time of writing:

Atlantic Division

1.Tampa Bay Lightning
2.Boston Bruins
3.Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1.Pittsburgh Penguins
2.Washington Capitals
3.Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference

1.Nashville Predators
2.Winnipeg Jets
3.Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1.Vegas Golden Knights
2.San Jose Sharks
3.Anaheim Ducks

It will be interesting to see who ends up making it to the playoffs and, eventually, the championship.

The Golden Knights

Majority of the Las Vegas Golden Knights team on the ice.

So who is this new team that’s taken the league by storm? Let’s learn a little more about the hockey team that calls Las Vegas home.

In 2014, Foley and other investors held a season ticket drive to gauge the public’s interest in having an NHL team, and the drive drew more than 5,000 deposits in the first day and a half. Needless to say, the NHL expansion team was welcomed with open arms in 2016. Since then, the team has recruited plenty of young talent, plus veterans who have come from other NHL teams. Right wing James Neal was part of the Nashville Predators’ first Stanley Cup Finals appearance and was an alternate captain during his time with the team. His leadership makes him a great fit that has guided the Golden Knights.

Left wing David Perron was a top scorer for the St. Louis Blues with 159 career goals, which definitely helped boost the Golden Knights in their first year. Shea Theodore, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Deryk Engelland are all also touted to be top performers for the team. As we close the season, we have seen Jonathan Marchessault lead the team with points scored, and William Karlsson lead goals scored. Perron has had 45 assists. And who could forget Chance the Gila Monster? He made his official debut as the team mascot and has appeared as a regular at the rink, building a community and fan base around the NHL’s newest hockey team.

Vegas is a city full of change and the electric momentum that the Golden Knights have brought to the city couldn’t have come at a better time. Thinking of visiting Vegas to catch one of the remaining games to see this momentous team in action? The D is only twenty minutes away from the T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights’ home turf. Stay and play Downtown for the ultimate convenience.

Classic Slot machines found at The D.

7 Slot Machines You Can Only Find in Las Vegas

Many visitors come to Vegas for the gaming, events, or nightlife and stay because of the city’s uniqueness. One way our city shows off its style is with unique Vegas casino games! Some of the oldest and rarest games call Las Vegas home. Below are seven casino slot games and machines you can only find in Vegas:

1 – Classic Slot Machines at the D

The D, Vintage Vegas casino gaming.

Venture to the second level of the D Hotel and Casino and you’ll find a little slice of old Las Vegas. Rows of classic slot machines line the space, transporting you back to the city’s roots. The original Vegas vibe is palpable on the second floor and classic gaming favorites give you the chance to embrace the nostalgia. Adding to the authenticity of the experience is the hum of throwback jams playing throughout the casino floor.

2 – Vintage Slots at Main Street Station Hotel, Casino, & Brewery

Located near the registration area of Main Street Hotel, Casino, & Brewery are a few of the remaining original slot machines from Vegas’s not-so-humble beginnings. These slots used to dispense candy, golf balls, and cigars to lucky winners and they now serve as a fascinating relic from the city’s early days. Hotel guests and visitors marvel over the intricate details and old school charm of these slots. Though they’re not functional anymore, they pay tribute to the original glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

3 – Oversized Slot Machines at The Golden Nugget

The jumbo Vegas slot machines just inside the entrance of the Golden Nugget are the perfect opportunity to go big instead of going home. The golden gleam of the machines is consistent with the hotel’s theme and often attracts a crowd of both players and onlookers. At eight feet tall, playing these slots is sure to please those who like unique experiences.

4 – Silver Strike at Four Queens

Silver Strike slot machine sign.
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Perfectly fitting for the nicknamed “Silver State”, the Silver Strike dispenses both traditional currency and souvenir tokens containing silver. Most players choose to hang onto the coins they’ve won to commemorate their Vegas trip, although they can be redeemed for cash at the casino cage. This unique experience is perfect for those who crave a little variation in their casino gaming.

5 – The SlotZilla Zip Line

SlotZilla is the world’s largest slot machine, standing twelve stories tall. Perhaps the cherry on top of the Fremont Street Experience, the SlotZilla zip line delivers an adrenaline rush to adventure-seekers and an entertaining spectacle for those who like to remain on the ground. The zip line features two different levels, one is seven stories above the ground and the other is a heart-pumping eleven stories high.

6 – The Giant Slot at the D

As mentioned earlier, the second floor of the D is dedicated to vintage Vegas casino games. In eccentric Vegas style, there’s an oversized slot on the exterior of the casino’s second floor complete with flashing lights and a moving arm. Though this slot can’t be played, it makes for a great Vegas photo op!

7 – Sigma Derby

Sigma Derby casino game.

While Sigma Derby was popular back in the day, casinos have slowly phased it out because it yields lower profits than other games and repairs tend to be complicated and difficult. However, there are still two places in Las Vegas that offer the opportunity to play – the D Hotel & Casino and MGM Grand. The retro horse racing game involves playing against other participants, which can make the experience interactive and social.

Las Vegas’s inception in 1905 sparked the culture that birthed the Entertainment Capital of the World. With such a unique, rich history, it’s no wonder why rare and record-breaking casino games live in this city. Visit Fremont Street to marvel at the world’s largest slot machine or head to the D to play one of the last remaining Sigma Derby games. Seeking out and taking advantage of Vegas’ collection of unique games will round out your trip with a nostalgic nod to the past.   

Group of friends raising their beers at the bar.

The Top 7 Must-See Bars in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas has definitely earned its reputation as the best bar hopping spot out there. If you’re looking to experience the classic Las Vegas feel, downtown Las Vegas bars are the way to go. Find everything from creative, hand-crafted cocktails to artisan brews at the best bars that the downtown district has to offer – many of which are walking distance from each other! Downtown is also home to the Fremont Street Experience, five whole blocks of entertainment. Read on for our top 7 must-see bars in downtown Las Vegas.

  1. D Bar

The D Bar in downtown Las Vegas.

Looking for a lively and entertaining spot to hang out and sip on a beverage (or a few) this weekend? Check out the D Bar at the D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Not only do we specialize in fun, frozen drinks and specialty cocktails, but you’ll enjoy service from talented, sexy dancers at one of the best bars in downtown Las Vegas.

  1. Downtown Cocktail Room

Interior view of the Downtown Cocktail Room.attribute: http://www.downtowncocktailroom.com/

Located just off Fremont Street, Downtown Cocktail Room (or DCR) is the place to go for a swanky evening among locals. This exclusive speakeasy has been called one of Vegas’s best kept secrets. The bar has a creative menu full of original cocktails sure to keep things interesting. Get dressed up and go off the beaten path for a more mysterious night out on the town. Once you do, DCR is sure to be your new favorite downtown Las Vegas bar.

  1. LONGBAR

The LongBar at The D Hotel & Casino.

LONGBAR, introduced just a few years ago, in The D Las Vegas, really lives up to its name as the longest bar in the state of Nevada. Lined with huge, state of the art TVs and tons of seating, this bar is the perfect place to grab a drink while watching a big game or catching up with friends. You can even place a few bets at LONGBAR thanks to game machines at every seat.

  1. Commonwealth

Rooftop view at Commonwealth in Downtown Las Vegas.attribute: https://www.commonwealthlv.com/

One of the most stylish Fremont Street bars in Las Vegas, Commonwealth, brings together the best of old and new. Check out this pre-Prohibition inspired bar, featuring a variety of seating and views, including their very own speakeasy and a huge rooftop patio. Get lost in history with an intimate feel, quality spirits, and one of the finest venues around.

  1. The Griffin

Glasses hanging from the bar at The Griffin.

If you’re looking for a more low-key evening, look no further than this relaxed downtown hangout. Finding a spot that doesn’t scream glitz and glam can seem difficult when you’re on the Strip, which is why The Griffin is a favorite for locals looking for drink deals and a mellow night. Brick ceilings, dim lighting, and fire pits give this downtown Las Vegas a warm and cozy vibe. Add in the jukebox and you have yourself an old-school party.

  1. Oak & Ivy

Rooftop view at Oak & Ivy bar.attribute: http://oakandivy.com/

This American craft whiskey cocktail bar is sure to impress during your stay in downtown Las Vegas. Featuring unique drinks handcrafted from fresh, seasonal ingredients, Oak & Ivy is nothing short of premium quality. They even use homemade garnishes and mixers in their cocktails, which the experienced bartenders will be happy to craft based on your specific preferences. Offering a fine selection of barrel aged cocktails, this trendy joint will quickly secure itself in your Las Vegas repertoire.

  1. Beauty Bar

Performer on stage at Beauty Bar.

Make sure to save time for Beauty Bar. Not at all like your average bar, this unique spot channels 1950’s salon vibes, but with live music and cocktails, as well! Beauty Bar has everything from deluxe hair dryer chairs to extravagant vanities just like the ones you would see in a salon way back when. Guests are entertained with not one, but two, stages that offer live music every night. Between the intimate indoor stage and the outdoor arena, this bar is one-of-a-kind.

There is so much more to explore in Las Vegas beyond the Strip. Make sure to put downtown Las Vegas on your must-see list during your next trip and don’t miss any of these 7 quirky and unique bars.

Elvis and guest standing in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

Must-Dos During the Colder Months in Las Vegas

There are two major times of the year in Vegas – summer and offseason and both phases have characteristics that make them unique. In the Summertime, pool parties flourish, tourists flock from around the world, and summer vacation reigns supreme. But in the winter, a different kind of magic permeates the city. The crowds thin, the locals come out, and the heart and soul of Vegas’ culture is palpable. If you’re a fan of Vegas in the summer, give it a run for its money by visiting in the cooler months.

Here are a few must-dos during the winter in Las Vegas:

1 – Take in the Views

View of Las Vegas from a high point on the Strip.

Vegas views are unbelievably gorgeous year-round and while most observation locations are packed in the Summer, the cooler months are an opportunity to enjoy a little space while taking in the views. Two of the best viewpoints include the Stratosphere Observation Decks and The High Roller. At the Stratosphere, you have the choice of indoor or outdoor observation decks, as well as dining and drink options. If the weather is a bit too cool for comfort, stick to the inside deck so you can stay nice and toasty while you bask in the beauty. The High Roller features enclosed pods that take you on a 30-minute ride 550 feet above the center of the Strip. Panoramic views greet you as you ride the world’s tallest observation wheel.

2 – Explore Exhibitions and Museums

Exterior of the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas.

The cooler months in Vegas tend to be pleasant, with the occasional rainy day. But even on those rainy days, the city is packed with activities that will both entertain you and protect you from the weather. Museums and exhibits pepper the city, each one more interesting than the last. The Mob Museum downtown tells the story of organized crime in America in an engaging, unique way. Explore the museum and immerse yourself in the rich history of American mobs and the impact they had on Las Vegas. Bodies at the Luxor is another intriguing exhibit that gives guests a detailed look at the intricacy of the human form. For a visually engaging history of Vegas signage and culture, book a guided tour of the Neon Museum. There are so many different options when it comes to museums and exhibitions in Vegas, you’re sure to find at least one that aligns with your interests for some of the top things to do in Vegas during the winter.

3 – Visit the Downtown Container Park

Outside view of Container Park located in Downtown Las Vegas.

Enjoy the pleasant temperatures in an open-air shopping and dining destination. The Container Park downtown is a collection of culinary, shopping, and entertainment destinations all wrapped up in an industrially-designed space. Entertainment opportunities are plentiful with an interactive playground for kiddos and a main stage featuring a variety of free concerts, shows, and more. Built with over 40 re-purposed shipping containers, the park makes for some great photo ops.

4 – Seek Warmth at the Shows

Visitors attending a show in Las Vegas.

It doesn’t get cold too often in Vegas, but when it does, there’s nothing better than seeking warmth in the venue of an acclaimed Vegas show. With a variety of shows performed daily, you are sure to find the show of your dreams, from G-rated, family-friendly options to more risque numbers. Enjoy exhibitions from some of the most talented people in the world while staying warm and dry. For interactive show experiences and other fun events, check out The D Casino on Fremont Street.

5 – Explore the Desert

Seven Magic Mountains attraction found in Las Vegas.

Though Vegas temperatures fluctuate in the winter, it’s often cool and pleasant outside. This presents the perfect opportunity for some desert exploration which, in the summertime, may be too hot. There are lots of spots worth visiting just a few minutes from the heart of Vegas. For example, Seven Magic Mountains lies about ten miles outside of the city and boasts colorful rock formations. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone wanted to creatively portray the human experience in the desert. Not only did he accomplish that, but he also made the perfect Instagram photo op!

6 – Indulge in Spa Treatments

Couple enjoying a spa treatment together.

Visiting the spa is a Vegas must-do regardless of the season. Vegas is home to several world-renowned spas, ranging from traditional to one-of-a-kind. Whether you want a simple pedicure or you’re looking for a full day of pampering, Vegas has a spa service or package that fits your needs. The Spa at Encore is known for its 51 luxurious treatment rooms and indulgent services, while the spa at Mandarin Oriental offers a relaxing oasis inspired by traditional Eastern philosophies. Whatever spa you visit, you are sure to be swept away by the ever-present Vegas extravagance.

Winter in Vegas is a unique time. Not only is there a dip in the number of tourists, but there’s also a dip in the temperatures. This combination creates many opportunities to explore the city in a spacious, comfortable atmosphere. Winter visitors enjoy shorter lines, more flexible reservations, and both indoor and outdoor options. Who knows, you may find that winter is your new favorite time to visit the desert!