Crosby doesn't consider Golden Knights' hot start a fluke

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner is a believer in the Vegas Golden Knights.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is apparently a bit of a stickler when it comes to analytics, and after breaking down their performances, believes the Golden Knights' 8-1-0 record is not a fluke, he told The Athletic's Josh Yohe.

The club is enjoying the best start ever for an expansion team and currently leads the league in point percentage (.889).

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Vegas currently boasts a PDO (five-on-five save percentage plus shooting percentage) of 106.55, according to Corsica, the highest mark in the league, suggesting regression is likely to follow. The club has also played just two of its opening nine games on the road, but will now embark on a six-game road trip, which should provide a stern test of its mettle.

The outcome of the road trip could go a long way in assessing the accuracy of Crosby's hypothesis.