WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights looks on as he awaits his helmet repair during the second period of the game against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on January 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights are watching the playoffs this year after making the postseason in each of their first four years in existence. Players were still feeling the sting of missing the postseason for the first time even days after the end of the season. The Knights had what was supposed to be the team’s most talented roster yet and carried high expectations into the season. Instead, a franchise-high 39 players appeared in at least one game for the most banged-up roster in franchise history.