Much of the focus through three games of the West Division final has been on the matchup between the No. 1 lines of the Golden Knights and Avalanche, and rightfully so.
All the while, it’s the Misfit Line that’s provided most of the offense for the Knights.
The trio of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith have benefited from the absence of suspended Colorado forward Nazem Kadri and helped keep the Knights in the best-of-seven series.
The Avalanche lead 2-1 in the battle between the top two teams in regular season with a pivotal Game 4 set for Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.
“Those guys have been here since day one,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer said. “And they’re not alone in that group, but that’s the identity of this franchise.”
Karlsson, Marchessault and Smith have been one of the league’s most productive lines the past four seasons and were branded the Misfit Line on social media after the “Golden Misfits” nickname associated with the inaugural team.
They’ve produced four of the Knights’ six goals in the series against Colorado, all at five-on-five and often at key times.
“Obviously, we believe in each other,” Marchessault said. “We’re never going to be satisfied until we actually win it all, and I think we have the team for that.”
Karlsson gave the Knights their first lead in the series when he deftly kicked the puck onto his stick to set up a backhand…