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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 0 (6-3-0 12 PTS)

Former Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury kept things close making some outstanding stops early in the 1st period against his old teammates. Pittsburgh riffled 11 shots on net but couldn’t slip one past Fleury.

After a scoreless twenty minutes, the 2nd period began quickly with the Golden Knights getting on the board first. Paul Stastny scored his 4th goal of the season on the power play to give his team the 1-0 lead. Vegas’ defensive unit did a good job of limiting Pittsburgh’s offensive stars.

Holding a 1-0 lead, the Golden Knights continued to lock down defensively in the 3rd period. The Penguins would go on back-to-back power plays but would come up empty on great efforts by Tomas Nosek, Deryk Engelland and Brayden McNabb. Fleury also made two crucial saves to preserve the one-goal lead. William Karlsson and Mark Stone added empty-netters to secure the 3-0 shutout.

Vegas improves their record to 6-3-0 on the season. The Golden Knights next play on Monday in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Puck drops at 4PM PT. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena

  • Carp’s Sunday column on VGK’s consistent struggles with Russian players

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jake Bischoff
** Mark Stone
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VGK Assistant Coaches Explain How/Why They Select D-Pairs

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For just the second time this season, the Golden Knights will see a new defensive pair along their blueline. Following the injury to Nate Schmidt, Nic Hague was placed into the lineup playing alongside Deryk Engelland. He held that position for seven straight games, recording two assists, six shots on goal, and averaging 14:28 per game.

Tonight, however, Hague will watch from the press box as Jake Bischoff is slated to make his NHL debut. Bischoff made the Golden Knights roster out of training camp last year, stayed with the team for about three weeks, but never drew into a game. This year, he was sent to the AHL out of training camp before being recalled eight days ago to replace Jimmy Schuldt.

Like Hague, his defense partner will be Deryk Engelland as the two slot in as the Golden Knights third pair.

Recently, speaking at a fan Q&A hosted at Jaguar & Land Rover Las Vegas, assistant coaches Ryan McGill and Mike Kelly were asked about what goes into the decision-making process of picking defensive pairs.

First of all, we like to try to put experience with a little bit of inexperience. Just to give them a little bit of a safety valve. Number two, you want to have somebody that can move the puck up the ice quick or that can be involved with the play with another guy that can watch his back. -Ryan McGill

McGill is the assistant that handles the Golden Knights defense.

But the biggest thing trying to find chemistry. If you don’t find chemistry you can’t have those players together all the time. -McGill

Kelly, who has worked alongside Gerard Gallant for nearly a decade, piggybacked McGill’s comments.

If something happens on the ice where it didn’t go well for the younger guy, he makes a mistake, he’s going back to the bench with the guy he’s playing with. You like to have someone who is a good person with experience whispering in his ear saying ‘don’t worry about it kid.’ -Mike Kelly

The Golden Knights have always had a heavy focus on leadership, character, and other unquantifiable intangibles. Through two years and eight games, it’s hard to argue against its success.

You put them with people that you think it’s going to work with and you kind of look the other way, cross your fingers, and hope it works. Most of the time it does. Sometimes they are going to hit a rocky patch but you know if they are with a Deryk Engelland you know they are hearing the right words. -Kelly

Every rookie that’s come through the Golden Knight d-corps, Hague, Schuldt, Whitecloud, and Theodore, has found their way to Engelland’s side.

Now it’s Jake Bischoff’s turn. Here’s to hoping there aren’t too many “don’t worry about it kid” comments needed from Engelland tonight in Pittsburgh.

Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Photo Gallery – October 17th, 2019

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 OTTAWA SENATORS 2 (5-3-0 10 PTS) – SO (3-2)

The game began like a heavyweight title fight. Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves (6’2) and Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin (6’3) dropped gloves 2:27 into the game. Both players were penalized five minutes for fighting. A couple of minutes later the Golden Knights offense went to work. Reilly Smith scored his sixth goal of the season to give Vegas the early lead.

Vegas had an early 2nd period power play but couldn’t convert. Ottawa took some chances but Marc-Andre Fleury made some tremendous saves to keep it a one goal lead.

JG Pageau score the game-tying goal for Ottawa 4:25 into the 3rd period. Both teams had chances throughout the period but both goaltenders were brick walls down the stretch. The game would need an overtime period, and eventually a shootout to decide the winner. Jonathan Marchessault would win it for the Golden Knights.

Vegas improves their record to (5-3). The Golden Knights travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Saturday evening. Puck drops at 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Ottawa Senators at T-Mobile Arena

  • VGK assistant coach shares how/why they pick D-pairs
  • 4th line scoring usually leads to wins
  • Photo gallery from tonight’s game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Nic Hague
* Marc-Andre Fleury

 

McPhee, Gallant, And Golden Knights Players Respond To Zykov Suspension

Following the suspension of Valentin Zykov, multiple Golden Knights players, the head coach, and president of hockey operations met with the media.

0:00 – George McPhee
5:56 – Gerard Gallant
6:28 – Mark Stone
6:57  – Brayden McNabb
8:31 – Max Pacioretty
10:27 – Jonathan Marchessault

VALENTIN ZYKOV SUSPENDED 20 GAMES

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The NHL announced today that Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov has been suspended for 20 games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators Photo Gallery – October 15th, 2019

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #172: Following Nashville (From Moneyline Sports Bar)

Recorded from Moneyline Sports Bar at Park MGM, we chat about the loss to Nashville as well as a myriad of future-focused topics from that game. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Has Nic Hague done enough to keep his spot in the lineup?
  • Who’s the lazy one?
  • Cody Glass on the power play
  • Is Deryk Engelland even being considered to be taken out?
  • Philosophical difference between us and Gallant
  • Predictions for the next four games
  • WATCH PARTY AT MONEYLINE ON OCTOBER 22ND!

And much more…

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (4-3-0 8 PTS)

Nashville got off to a quick start scoring 2:14 into the game. Down one early the Golden Knights gathered themselves and score two unanswered goals. Team leaders Mark Stone and Reilly Smith each registered their fifth goals of the season in the 1st period. After 20 minutes Vegas took the 2-1 lead into the intermission.

The 2nd period was all Nashville. The visiting team was able to take advantage of a few of Vegas’ miscues. The Predators scored three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into the second break.

Nashville had two early power plays to start the 3rd period. The Predators were able to convert on one of them to take a 5-2 lead.

Vegas’ record drops to 4-3-0 but they’ll have a chance to better it on Thursday night. The Ottawa Senators come to town to take on the Golden Knights for a 7 PM puck drop. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Nashville Predators at T-Mobile Arena

  • Puck management lapses have plagued the Golden Knights with Nate Schmidt out of the lineup
  • SinBin.vegas Podcast recorded from Moneyline Sports Bar after the game
  • Photo gallery from the game.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Reilly Smith
* Mark Stone

New Wrinkle On Power Play Providing Extra Element

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The Golden Knights power play was much maligned last year. They finished the season 25th in the NHL, converting on just 16.8% of their chances.

To make matters worse, it didn’t improve with the addition of one of the most dangerous power play weapons in team history, Mark Stone. After the deadline, Vegas hit on just 7 of 45 power-play opportunities or 15.6%. They picked it up dramatically in the postseason, running at a 27.5% clip, but it was all against the same team, and it fell off a cliff in Games 6 and 7 when they went 0 for 5 and gave up a shorthanded game-winner.

This year, the Golden Knights have connected on 6 of their 20, 30%, which has them in 6th place in the NHL through 6 games.

Last game in Los Angeles, the power play looked unstoppable, going 3 for 3 and creating opportunities consistently. I set out to figure out what, if any, differences there were on the power play between now and last year (especially in the playoffs when the personnel was most similar).

The first thing to focus on is the entry. Vegas consistently uses a drop pass which leads to a puck carrier with speed brinign the puck through the neutral zone. He then brings it in himself or drops it off to one of the two wingers standings at the blue line. The Golden Knights strayed from this entry for a bit in the playoffs, but returned to it by the end of the series. So, for the most part, that’s completely unchanged.

The units are not far off from what they were against the Sharks in the postseason. The better unit includes Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, Paul Stastny, Shea Theodore. The other unit includes Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, and William Karlsson. The difference that Cody Glass in now in for Alex Tuch on the first unit, and Nic Hague and Valentin Zykov are in for Colin Miller and Cody Eakin on the second.

What this has done has created a small difference in the default layout the Golden Knights use once they enter the zone and are completely set up. It’s literally the only difference I can find, but there does seem to be a contrast in how the units operate due to the change.

To illustrate it, we head to the grease board!

Power Play setup last year with Tuch

Power Play setup this year with Glass

As you can see, the only difference is where Glass and Tuch play. Tuch is set up directly in front of the net with the idea of screening the goalie and picking up rebounds, while Glass is under the goal line as an extra passing option.

The main difference is the options that are presented for the two guys in the circles when they have the puck (Pacioretty and Stone).

Last year with Tuch

This year with Glass

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