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Author: Ken Boehlke (Page 2 of 102)

The Golden Knights Don’t Pick Their Starting Lineup Like You Probably Think They Do

Ever been sitting in the seats at T-Mobile listening to the names announced in the starting lineup or been sitting at home watching the faces scroll across the top of the screen and thought to yourself, why are these players in the starting lineup tonight?

Normally, you would simply assume that the best players start the game to allow them to get the most playing time, but in hockey that’s not always the case. With the Golden Knights, the nearly every player on the team has drawn into the starting lineup at some time or another. There’s no question the top line is Smith, Karlsson, and Marchessault, but sometimes Carrier, Bellemare, and Nosek hear their names announced as starters.

The guy in the net is really the only name that matters. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The standard explanation for this is that there would be a strategical advantage to start a certain line and certain defensive pairing. Normally that would be to match up the lines against what the opponents put on the ice.

It’s a lesser-known fact in the NHL, but at every stoppage of play the away team chooses their players first and then the home team gets to react and pick their players (except for icings when all players on the infracting team must remain on the ice). So, for the starting lineup, the away team picks, and then the home team gets to pick to match.

However, with All Star head coach Gerard Gallant, he goes with a bit of a different method.

Sometimes it’s to reward guys for a real good game the game before. Sometimes it’s coach’s superstition. Marchessault’s line won four or five games in a row so you just start them. And then some night’s it’s who the other team starts. When you are the home team you sorta look at who they are starting. Some coaches match real hard, I’m not a big hard matcher.  -Gerard Gallant

He literally doesn’t care.

To be honest with you though it’s a coin toss for me. -Gallant

So the next time you think, why the heck is that guy in there to start the game, just know…

It’s insignificant. -Gallant

Wild Feeling Pretty Pretty Pretty Good About Potentially Seeing Vegas Again In April

We’ve forgotten about them right now until the thing happens. -Bruce Boudreau, Wild Head Coach

There’s just something about the Wild… in the regular season. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The ‘thing’ that Boudreau was referring to is a potential playoff matchup against the Golden Knights. It’s not the matchup as of right now, but Minnesota’s holds just a three point lead on the wild card teams which means a date with Vegas is certainly a realistic possibility.

Boudreau’s nickname is Gabby, because he’s constantly gabbing. However, he gave short responses when I asked how a season sweep could carry over to the postseason.

Playoffs are a whole different animal. But this was as close to a playoff matchup you’ll get. -Boudreau

Unlike their coach, the Wild players didn’t downplay the season sweep.

Yeah I think we can use this confidence. I think to have the psychological advantage over them says something. We can definitely use that. -Charlie Coyle, Wild Forward

Coyle scored his 11th goal of the season on Friday night.

We’d be pretty confident playing against these guys. For some reason we play well against them every game. We see our real team when we play against these guys. -Coyle

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For the second game in a row the Golden Knights got off to a miserable start. They allowed one in the 1st and two more in the 2nd and headed to intermission down 3-0. Vegas finally looked like themselves for the final seven minutes or so of the game, but the goals game to few and too late and an empty netter sealed it for Minnesota. That’s four straight losses at T-Mobile Arena for the Golden Knights.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena.

  • How does All Star head coach Gerard Gallant choose who starts each game? (It’s not the best players or best line)
  • What are the Wild doing against VGK and could they do it if this were a round one playoff series?

Three Stars
*** Mat Dumba
** Erik Haula
* Jason Zucker

Three Star Tally

Wild Bill will always be our first star. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Wednesday night was the first time all season the Golden Knights failed to register a single player in the “three stars of the night” rankings in a home game. They’ve done it eight times in road games over the first 70 games of the season.

Now, of course, we know that the three stars really do not mean much as it’s usually a heavily biased vote for the home team, but it does give us at least somewhat of an indication of which players are making the big plays that jump off the page in games. So, here goes…

 3rd2nd1stTotalStar Points
William Karlsson40101432
Marc-Andre Fleury7291838
Reilly Smith4361328
Jonathan Marchessault315920
Erik Haula233817
David Perron7411218
Alex Tuch432916
James Neal6311015
Shea Theodore21147
Ryan Carpenter02137
Nate Schmidt22046
Oscar Dansk00226
Malcolm Subban12035
Colin Miller01125
Deryk Engelland21034
Luca Sbisa21034
Cody Eakin02024
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare11023
Brayden McNabb11023
Tomas Tatar00113
William Carrier00113
City of Las Vegas00113
Tomas Hyka20022
Maxime Lagace20022
Brad Hunt01012
Oscar Lindberg01012
Vadim Shipachyov10011

**Star Points are awarded: 3 for 1st star, 2 for 2nd star, 1 for 3rd star**

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Despite controlling play for a majority of the 1st period the Golden Knights made a pair of errors and ended up falling behind 2-0. In the 2nd, New Jersey came out firing and scored a pair of early games which chased Marc-Andre Fleury from the game. Vegas fired back with a pair of their own, but it got ugly in the 3rd.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. New Jersey Devils at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Three Stars for the year. Who has been featured most often this season?

Three Stars
*** Taylor Hall
** Keith Kinkaid
* Blake Coleman

Golden Knights Injury Updates; James Neal, Reilly Smith, Malcolm Subban, Luca Sbisa, William Carrier, Oscar Lindberg

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

James Neal
Injury: Hand/Wrist
Injured on February 26th vs. Kings

Neal has missed 10 of the last 11 games. He played in the Kings game on the road where he left after falling behind the goal, seemingly on the same hand that was injured last year in the playoffs.

He did not travel with the team on the recent five-game road trip, but was seen skating many of the days while the team was away. Neal participated in the most recent morning skate wearing a red no-contact jersey.

James is doing real good. He’s skating today. He’s not playing tonight but we’ll see him in the near future. -Gerard Gallant

Reilly Smith
Injury: Wrist/Shoulder
Injured on March 6th vs. Blue Jackets

Smith left the game after a hit in the 2nd period in Columbus. He remained on the road trip for a short time following the injury before returning to Vegas.

He has not participated in a practice since the injury but was seen putting on skates and pads to take the ice for an individual practice today.

A source indicated to that the team initially feared Smith had broken a bone in his hand that could have ended his season, but an MRI confirmed otherwise. The same source put the timeline at about two weeks from the injury following the news of no broken bones.

He is not playing tonight. Day to day. Getting better. -Gallant

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Special Podcast: Pacific Division Recap – Episode 1

Jesse Cohen, host of the official podcast of the LA Kings, All The Kings Men, and Ken Boehlke of discuss the Pacific Division in detail with sidebar conversations ranging from annoying fan bases, the importance of goal differential, selling playoff tickets, and much more.

**This is the first podcast in what we are planning to be a series that will run through the remainder of the season and into the playoffs until all Pacific Division teams are eliminated. Any and all feedback is welcome as we explore the possibility of making this a permanent fixture on the site. Yes, we will come up with a real name at some point.**


For the first time in a while, the Golden Knights were buzzing in the 1st. The high paced period ended with just one goal, from Erik Haula. The 2nd seemed to resort back to more of what we’ve seen recently from Vegas; a much slower period which led to a goal by the Flyers to head to the final intermission tied. The Golden Knights got it going again early in the final period scoring first, but they conceded the game tying goal moments later. Then, an incredible shift by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare set up a goal for Ryan Carpenter to give Vegas their 45th win and Marc-Andre Fleury’s 400th career victory.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

  • Three Stars for the year. Who has been featured most often this season?

Three Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Claude Giroux
* Ryan Carpenter

Future Cap Better Than Present Team

Three of the four major professional sports in North America have a salary cap. The reason the salary cap is used in leagues like the NHL is to keep parity as high as possible. It makes it challenging to keep all of the best players while helping to distribute them to the weaker teams in the process.

Hopefully guys will keep taking fair prices like Marchessault did before testing free agency. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

This may be hard to believe, but even with the superb talent the Golden Knights have put on the ice in 2017-18, with the three 1st round picks, and with the contract extensions for Jonathan Marchessault, Jon Merrill, and Deryk Engelland, George McPhee’s biggest asset from the Expansion Draft is still the salary cap.

When all is said and done with this season, the Golden Knights will end the season among the bottom 10 teams in money spent against the cap. This includes the contracts of David Clarkson, Mikhail Grabovski, and Clayton Stoner, none of which will play a game for the Golden Knights. It also includes the retained salary of Alexei Emelin and Derick Brassard. Things can change slightly down the stretch, but as it stands, the Golden Knights will be the cheapest team to make the playoffs.

Projected Salary Cap Usage In 2017-18 ($75m Salary Cap)
Vegas Golden Knights – $68,950,653
Buffalo Sabres – $68,698,464
Florida Panthers – $68,068,090
Montreal Canadiens – $67,761,117
New Jersey Devils – $67,421,712
Colorado Avalanche – $66,931,457
Edmonton Oilers – $66,249,688
Carolina Hurricanes – $59,183,386
Arizona Coyotes – $58,768,559
*All other teams are higher

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After a sleepy first two periods of scoreless hockey, the Sabres broke through early in the 3rd. Vegas wasn’t mustering up much, but finally found a wacky game tying goal from Deryk Engelland that banked off a Buffalo player. OT was back and forth but neither team could convert. David Perron got the Golden Knights on the board first in shootout, but Buffalo tied it with their last attempt. Erik Haula came through with the game winner in shootout.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.

  • Future cap space has the Golden Knights in company closer to lottery teams than Cup contenders.

Three Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Robin Lehner
* Marc-Andre Fleury

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