Western Conference (NHL)

Golden Knights hope to sustain momentum in second half

A day after the NHL's biggest surprise team lost a rare home game in front of the biggest crowd of the season, more than 10,000 fans flooded downtown Las Vegas for a Golden Knights fan fest.

That's the kind of impact their record-shattering first half has had in the community.

The first-year Golden Knights lead the Western Conference with a record of 29-10-3 (61 points).

Their current points percentage (.726) is higher than the midpoint of any expansion team in its inaugural season in the NBA (since 1961-62), MLB (1961) or the NFL/AFL (1960). That includes an incredible 18-2-2 record at T-Mobile Arena.

No NHL club in the expansion era (since 1967) has...