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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (13-6-1 27 PTS) ANAHEIM DUCKS 2

The Golden Knights put on an advanced stats clinic through two periods, however, the scoreboard didn’t agree. Vegas gave up the first two before they finally got one on the board against John Gibson. Then, an early 3rd period goal by Colin Miller tied it up and Vegas used goals from James Neal and William Karlsson to seal the deal. The Golden Knights are in first place in the Pacific Division!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

  • The Golden Knights are in the playoffs as of Thanksgiving, what does it really mean, and how likely are they actually to make the playoffs?
  • Theodore’s impact on the power play
  • 1st Quarter Expansion Draft Report Card
  • The Golden Knights are in first place, could anyone have ever imagined it, we asked players and coach.

Three Stars
*** Jonathan Marchessault
** John Gibson
* Erik Haula

The 2-0 lead wasn’t really a true tale of the game. We just got lucky. The score should’ve been a lot more if we didn’t have Gibby in there. We shouldn’t kid ourselves. We weren’t even close. -Andrew Cogliano, Ducks Forward

Third Period’s Ours

We’ll stop playing like garbage in the 3rd period if you guys stop chanting “Third Period’s Ours.” (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

One sign of a good team in any sport is an ability to correct a consistent problem. Early in the season, the Golden Knights could not figure out how to close out games.

In the first 13 games of the season, the Golden Knights outscored their opponent in the final period just three times while being outscored in seven. If you throw out the first two games, which Vegas won the 3rd in both, that makes for an 11 game stretch in which they had the upper hand in the 3rd just one time.

Over the course of the last six games, they’ve won the final frame in three and tied two others. Throwing out the disaster in Edmonton, the Golden Knights are outscoring their opponents by a score of 6-1 and they’ve yet to surrender a lead in the 3rd since the first and second games of the long road trip.

I think the guys are getting used to it, they’re more confident. -Gerard Gallant

The reason for the struggles has almost always been blamed on the same thing by the coach and players, aggressiveness. They’ve pointed directly at the fact that previously when the team had a lead, they would change their style of play and attempt to hold on to the game. In fact, following the OT win against St. Louis, Luca Sbisa even used the words afraid and scared.

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #89: Jesse Cohen

A bit of a trip behind enemy lines for us on this episode. The host of All The Kings Men, the official podcast of the LA Kings, joins us for a spirited Pacific Division discussion. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Jesse thinks the Golden Knights are somehow cheating at home.
  • VegasFlu doesn’t mean gambling, it means changing routines.
  • The benefit of getting to the playoffs with your core of players.
  • Why The Creator’s money doesn’t matter.
  • Niche markets will save SinBin.vegas

And much more…

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Finding Alex Tuch The Right Linemates Crucial For Golden Knights

When the Expansion Draft ended there was a lot to look at. There were well-known veteran names, there were up-and-coming goal scorers, there were puck-moving defensemen, and there was a heaping pile of bonus draft picks.

Then there was Alex Tuch.

Give me Leipsic or give me death! (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

One of just two players the Golden Knights gave up an asset to acquire (the other was Reilly Smith), and a prospect that was unlike anything else in the Golden Knights system. A big strong forward with good speed and an innate ability to put the puck in the net. Oh, and he’s 21-years-old, an age that was difficult for the Golden Knights to find players due to the expansion draft rules.

Despite not participating in any previous NHL Entry Drafts, Alex Tuch became a Golden Knights first round pick. Having given up a pick and letting the Wild “escape” the Expansion Draft (didn’t really work for Minnesota), George McPhee put a lot of stock in Tuch. Unlike Shea Theodore, who had just finished up dominating the NHL playoffs, Tuch was unproven at the NHL level. He was a true prospect, and he had/has to be good.

Showing his commitment, Tuch showed up to Development Camp, he came back early for Rookie Camp, and he was always one of the last guys on the ice during full Training Camp. He was putting in the work, his talent was showing, and he appeared to have a spot on the Golden Knights roster.

He didn’t.

Due to what was called “a numbers decision” Tuch was sent to the AHL to begin the year. Four games later a pair of injuries opened the door and Tuch was ready to make his Golden Knights debut. In his first game, he scored and tallied an assist, and Vegas won. Since his recall, the Golden Knights have not lost a game at home.

But when the team went on the road, and Tuch wasn’t playing nearly as well. There was a change in his line as Erik Haula was moved away and Cody Eakin came in with Tuch and Oscar Lindberg.

I think with Lindberg we had a good line, we just weren’t finding the right chemistry. I don’t think I was playing well. -Alex Tuch

Recently, Brendan Leipsic was added to the line to replace Lindberg, and since, the results have been astounding.

Last night while playing together that line created 17 shot attempts while allowing just five. They were also on the ice together for two of the Golden Knights four goals. But more importantly than just the statistics, Leipsic’s addition to the line has brought back the Tuch we got used to in his first few appearances and the preseason.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (12-6-1 25 PTS) LOS ANGELES KINGS 2

Yet again here at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights jump out to an incredibly quick start. They scored 3 goals in the first 11:22 aided by some really poor goaltending from Jonathan Quick. Vegas maintained the possession advantage through the 2nd, but a tough turnover led to the Kings first goal. Got a little tense down the stretch, but Vegas held on and got the W in their first game against the LA Kings.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena.

Three Stars
*** Maxime Lagace
** Cody Eakin
* William Karlsson

Players Visit Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation; Plus Other Hockey Fights Cancer Initiatives

November is Hockey Fight Cancer month in the NHL. The Golden Knights have designated the November 28th game against the Stars as Hockey Fights Cancer Night in which they will wear special pink pregame jerseys, the proceeds from the 51/49 raffle will go toward to assist cancer patients, and pediatric cancer patients and survivors will be brought on the ice before the game.

But before that special night, many Golden Knights players (like literally almost the whole team) visited the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation to paint with the kids.

Hockey players are awesome. That’s really all we have to say.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (11-6-1 23 PTS) VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2

Golden Knights jump out to a quick start but a terrible giveaway in the 2nd made it a game. Tied 2-2 after two periods the Golden Knights played a great 3rd and end up winning the game 5-2 with a few late goals. Big win to get two points in two games on the road.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

  • Golden Knights offense = net presence

Three Stars (coming shortly)
*** David Perron
** Erik Haula
* Jonathan Marchessault

Replay: In The Bin – Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks (Guest: Shawn Tempesta)

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In The Bin is back on the air for tonight’s game in Vancouver. Our live stream will start promptly at 7PM with special guest Shawn Tempesta of Mix 94.7 and Channel 13’s The Morning Blend.

You can listen here or you can download the Mixlr app.

**If you missed tonight’s In The Bin, here’s the replay.**

 

Why Are The Golden Knights Good? Gambling, Of Course

Big money, big money, no whammies. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It’s the age-old question that just about everyone who writes a story about the Golden Knights is trying to figure out; why the heck is this team not awful? The same reasons are tossed around by just about everyone who writes the story. Team dinners, revenge against old teams, no pressure, Vegas flu, we’ve heard them all.

But a new one popped up today, and it’s one that’s kind of surprising everyone else has overlooked. Gambling.

The Golden Knights players have embraced a huge part of the culture of their new hometown and brought it to the ice.

Another fun tradition, albeit a standard in the hockey world, is putting money on the board. Essentially used by players when they want to motivate their boys to beat a former team, writing down a cash prize for the winning goal on the whiteboard has been a constant in Vegas, since everybody has a former team. ‘We had a lot of money on the board, especially early on,’ Sbisa said. ‘And we got the wins.’-Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News

Plenty of teams do it, but it seems all the more fitting for it to be working for the Golden Knights.

The house always wins, right?

Editor’s Note: No, I did not write this article for the sole purpose of pointing you back to the shirts we are selling. I legitimately found it interesting. However, I would like you to buy a shirt, and it does fit the story, so leave me alone.

Too Much Rest Cost The Golden Knights In Edmonton; So Says Gerard Gallant

The Golden Knights have had the luxury of a relatively spread out schedule to this point in the season. During the seven-game homestand to begin the year Vegas had 11 days in which they were not playing a game. They took full advantage of a majority of those days by practicing.

NO BREAKS! (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

On the long road trip they had just three days off between the six games. When the Golden Knights came home for the Friday game against the Jets, which they dominated, they had a decision to make about practice days, off days, and when to travel.

With three days in between the game against Winnipeg and the one in Edmonton, the Golden Knights opted for an off-ice training session on Saturday, a complete off day on Sunday, and a practice in Vegas before traveling to Edmonton on Monday. After seeing the dismal performance in Edmonton, Gerard Gallant’s now second guessing that schedule.

You go back and think, ‘did we do the right thing?’ You are trying to rest your team and get them ready, maybe it was the wrong decision. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but we looked flat tonight. -Gerard Gallant

It’s the first time all year (including training camp) the Golden Knights did not hit the ice in back-to-back days, despite having multiple opportunities to do so with the early spread out schedule. Looking forward, the next chance the schedule could possibly permit for consecutive days off the ice is from December 20th to the 27th when they play just one home game before heading off to the LA/Anaheim back-to-back. They’ll likely have Christmas off, but it doesn’t sound like there will be many more off days in the Golden Knights’ future.

As a coach, you think about those decisions you make. We had two days off the ice and then we had a practice day yesterday. Maybe that’ll be the last time we have two days off the ice at one time. -Gallant

It’s certainly an interesting thought to come to mind for a coach after his team put forth their worst effort of the year. Whether the training schedule was the reason will never truly be determined, but the next time the team feels they deserve an extra day off the ice, they’ll likely be reminded of November 14th in Edmonton.

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