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SinBin Radio – CBS Sports Radio 1140 – 11/17/18

The first episode of our brand new call-in radio show on CBS Sports Radio 1140. We talk Nate Schmidt’s return, the idea of benching Deryk Engelland, and give predictions for the next three games.

You can listen to our show every Saturday from 10-11am on 1140 AM or streaming live on the Radio.com app. All shows will be archived as well.

Nate’s Back, But Who Should He Play With?

Welcome back Nate! Now, save the season. No pressure bud. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Nate’s back! But now he needs a partner, and finding the right option not only for Schmidt, but also for the rest of the blueline is easier said than done for the Golden Knights.

Last year eventual Jack Adams winner Gerard Gallant paired Schmidt with either Luca Sbisa or Brayden McNabb for a majority of the season. As the season went on Schmidt played most of his time on the top pair with McNabb. Now, as Schmidt is set to return the question is, should he go back with McNabb or is there a better option?

If the Schmidt/McNabb pair is indeed once again reunited, not much else will change in the lineup. Colin Miller will slide down to play with Nick Holden and Shea Theodore and Deryk Engelland will remain together.

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However, an argument can be made that Miller and McNabb have been the best and most consistent pair, and maybe they shouldn’t be split up. Thus Schmidt would have to find a new home. Since Nate plays on the right side, there are really only two options for who he can play with, Theodore or Holden.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (8-11-1 17 PTS)

The Golden Knights used a breakaway from William Carrier to take the lead early in the 1st. But, they turned around and gave it right back within a minute and then completely fell apart. Four straight St. Louis goals sunk the Golden Knights in an all too familiar fashion.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Lous Blues at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Possible: What should the D-pairings look like with Nate Schmidt back in the lineup.
  • Sunday: Carp’s column regard the impact Schmidt’s return will have on Colin Miller

Three Stars
*** William Carrier
** Jake Allen
* Ryan O’Reilly

The Play That Beat The Ducks

The play of the game. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Unlike baseball where there’s one pitch or football where there’s one play, hockey is not a game that is often decided, or even swung, by an individual moment in a game. However, during the game against Anaheim, Tomas Nosek and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare combined to make a play that flipped the course of that game and if all goes well, could end up changing the course of the season.

It came late in a somewhat sloppily played first period. The Golden Knights had taken a penalty and appeared like they could be headed for the all too familiar fate of falling behind early. The penalty kill begins with Bellemare winning the draw,  Brayden McNabb clears the puck, and the Golden Knights stop the first entry. But then, the Ducks maintain possession for 20 more seconds before setting up a shot from the high slot. It’s wired, Bellemare courageously blocks it, he then finds it first and springs Nosek into open ice. Here, give it a watch.

 

Nosek picks up the puck and drives directly toward the goal drawing a penalty, thus killing off the current penalty and earning Vegas a power play. But it’s not just the block and the breakaway, it’s when it happened in the shift. Penalty kill shifts are meant to be as short as possible, :20-:30 is great for forwards. Once you can safely change, you are supposed to do it. The normal play there would have been to send the puck down and get off the ice, but Nosek dug deep into his gas tank, already :50 seconds into the shift, and went straight to the net. 

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #131: Work Hard

Following a win over the Ducks, we get back into the studio to try and figure out what work ethic means and to argue over Nate Schmidt’s believability. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

DISCLAIMER: The Nate Schmidt argument just kept going and going and going and a vote on Twitter told us to leave it all in. So, once you hear the Nate argument, there’s nothing else after it, it’s all that same argument. It doesn’t really go anywhere, so feel free to give up at some point and know, you didn’t miss anything.

  • What does it mean that the Golden Knights are working hard?
  • Are we as the media too soft to force better responses after losses?
  • Jason hates Toy Story
  • Ken learns what condiments are
  • Do you believe Nate Schmidt is being honest?
  • Buy tickets to the next Monday’s Dark!

And much more…

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Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks Photo Gallery – November 15, 2018

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ANAHEIM DUCKS 0 (8-10-1 17 PTS)

The Golden Knights and Ducks skated to a sloppy start, but a big penalty kill play by Tomas Nosek completely unlocked the game for Vegas. It led to a Ducks penalty which Alex Tuch scored on. Then, in the 2nd, the Golden Knights tacked on three more. Vegas took advantage of every opportunity that was given to them and dominated another home game. Fleury held the Ducks out recording his second consecutive shutout at T-Mobile Arena.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • VGK now 2-0-1 vs. Pacific Division. With the stretch of division games coming up, the poor start could become a thing of the past quickly.
  • Photo gallery from Brandon Andreasen

Three Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Cody Eakin

McPhee On Injuries: “We Aren’t Deep Enough Yet To Not Have Everybody In”

Gerard Gallant confirmed this morning Haula is considered “month-to-month.” (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Injuries are a major part of hockey. Every team goes through them at various times and for various stretches of the season. For the Golden Knights, it’s come early and it’s come in the form of high-end forwards.

Alex Tuch missed the first eight games of the year and Max Pacioretty missed four games at the end of October. Both Pacioretty and Tuch have returned to the lineup, but the two guys they’ve played with on the Vegas second line haven’t been as fortunate. Paul Stastny went out in Game 3 and isn’t expected to return until late December at the earliest, and Erik Haula appears to be out for at least the balance of the calendar year.

Then there’s the suspension which has kept Nate Schmidt out for the first 20 games of the season. All in all, the Golden Knights have yet to play a game with anything resembling a full lineup, and the GM is frustrated.

I’d like to get healthy, for one game. just to see what we are. We just haven’t been. You know we rebuilt our second line and I think they’ve played two and half games together. Stastny’s been out most of the year, Pacioretty was out, Haula’s out, Tuch’s been out. We aren’t deep enough yet to not have everybody in. -George McPhee on Sportsnet 590 in Toronto

All in all, they’ve missed 39 games due to injury and 18 going on 20 due to suspension.

Nate Schmidt – 18 missed (100%)
Paul Stastny – 15 missed (83%)
Alex Tuch – 8 missed (44.%)
Deryk Engelland – 5 missed (28%)
Max Pacioretty – 4 missed (22%)
Erik Haula – 3 missed (17%)
Cody Eakin – 4 missed (22%)
Ryan Carpenter – 1 missed (6%)

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Golden Kights Prospect Paul Cotter Leaves Western Michigan For OHL’s London Knights

Paul Cotter showed he can score during his short time in Vegas for Development Camp. Now he’ll have a chance to show it in the OHL. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Paul Cotter was selected in the 4th round by the Golden Knights and within days became one of the most promising prospects in the Vegas system. At Development Camp, Cotter flashed in drills as well as scrimmage before heading off to Western Michigan University to play his freshman year in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Cotter did not score a goal and registered just one assist over his eight games at Western Michigan. His roles on the roster ranged from healthy scratch to top line center for the Broncos. Then, Cotter decided to leave.

Cotter will now join the London Knights of the OHL and likely instantly step into their everyday lineup.

He’s really grown as a player and he’s a mature young man. We believe he’s going to bring leadership and character to our dressing room. I think he can score at this level. He’s a good two-way hockey player. –Mark Hunter, London Knights GM to London Free Press

So what does this mean for the Golden Knights?

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Results Aren’t Changing, So Something Else Must

Let’s try changes before it’s 3-0. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Following their latest nightmare of a road trip, all three trips have been now, the Golden Knights now sit at 3-8-0 on the road, 7-10-1 overall, and with a measly 15 points in the first 18 games. If you extrapolate those numbers over a full 82 game season, that’s 11-31-0 on the road, 32-46-4 overall, and 68 points. That is a disaster.

That is also why something has to change. Of course, the easiest change will be made available to the Golden Knights in two games, when Nate Schmidt is eligible to return from his suspension. It will almost certainly help, but relying on one player to completely turn the fortunes of a team around is like walking up to the craps table thinking you’re going to win rent for the month. It might happen, but realistically, it’s probably not.

Following the loss in Boston, reigning Jack Adams winner Gerard Gallant responded to a question about swapping Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Marchessault mid-game with this answer.

If you are not winning you are going to try things. That’s what a coach’s job is supposed to be. So you try and get a little spark. -Gallant

However, the team has barely tried anything nearly a fourth of the way through the season. They’ve made one call-up from the AHL, they’ve made voluntary changes on just one line, and they’ve never swapped more than one defenseman if not dealing with an injury.

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