The Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s first expansion team in 17 years, will play their first regular-season game Friday at Dallas. With the addition of the Golden Knights, the league now has 31 teams. Since 1967, the NHL, which has been commemorating its 100th anniversary this year, has had four significant periods of expansion. Some went better than others. 1967 The Expansion Six The NHL vacillated from three to 10 franchises in its fledgling years, before a stretch of 25 years in which it had six teams, the Original Six, consisting of the Rangers, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. For the 1967-68 season, the NHL doubled in size with the arrival of the California Seals, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues. The NHL put the new teams in their own division, and the winners of each division met in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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