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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 (19-9-1 39 PTS) DALLAS STARS 3

2nd period magic returns as the Golden Knights jump out to a 4-2 lead using a three goal 2nd. Dallas was able to get the next goal, but a late empty-netter by Erik Haula seals the deal for the Golden Knights. That’s four wins in a row and an incredible road trip to Nashville and Dallas.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

  • 35 shots = Win for the Golden Knights
  • 12 road games with a backup goalie, don’t underestimate that.

Three Stars
*** Jason Spezza
** Reilly Smith
* David Perron

How To Split The Starts With Fleury And Subban

After the Expansion Draft most believed the Golden Knights best position was goalie. The combination of Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard would be able to keep Vegas in most games, even when they were being badly outplayed.

At least that’s what we thought.

Now a rash of injuries, a roster move, and 28 games into the season, the Golden Knights are back in a similar position of strength between the pipes, but in a much different situation. Since being claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins, Malcolm Subban has done nothing but impress in the net. He’s 7-2-0 as a starter with a save percentage of .924. Subban is also 2-0 in shootout and has saved all nine attempts he’s faced.

Don’t worry, I’m not advocating for benching Fleury. Trading him though… (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Meanwhile, Fleury appears to be within days of his return and it’s long been considered that it’s his goal when he gets back. The question needs to be asked though, should it be?

There’s no question Fleury is the better goalie at this point in his career. He has three Stanley Cups, 375 career wins, 44 shutouts, and was pretty darn good before the injury (3-1, .925 SV%). But he’s also 33-years-old, coming off what we believe to be his third concussion.

There’s also a future to consider. Fleury’s cap hit is $5.75 million per year for the next two before he becomes a free agent. Subban, on the other hand, is 23-years old, flourishing in his first extended opportunity at the NHL level, and still has two years left on his entry-level contract ($650,000 AAV).

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (18-9-1 37 PTS) NASHVILLE PREDATORS 3 – SO (1-0)

Golden Knights jump out early with a goal in the 1st and the first in the 2nd but surrender the next three to go down 3-2. With Subban out of the net, Vegas had chance after chance after chance, but couldn’t get one to go. Finally on a great pass from Colin Miller, Erik Haula tied the game inside the final minute. No score in OT led to an incredible shootout in which Malcolm Subban saved six for six. It’s three straight wins for the Golden Knights and a huge road win to start the two-game “Dad’s Trip.”

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

  • Let’s talk about using Subban when Fleury comes back.

Three Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Nick Bonino
* Victor Arvidsson

DAVID PERRON (F) ACTIVATED FROM IR; EXPECTED TO PLAY AGAINST NASHVILLE

After missing the previous six games with an upper-body injury, one of the Golden Knights best wingers returns to the lineup tonight. David Perron will slot back into the lineup with Erik Haula and James Neal and he’ll play on of the of the two Golden Knights power play units.

The Golden Knights did not need to make a corresponding move as William Carrier was placed on IR the same day as Perron and Vegas only recalled one player, Stefan Matteau.

Marc-Andre Fleury Returns To Full Practice

Remember this guy? He’s getting really close. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

We are now just one step away from Marc-Andre Fleury making his return to the ice after missing nearly two months with a concussion.

It was great being back on the ice with my teammates for a full practice today. I am hopeful that I can join the team for game action soon. We have been playing well and I am looking forward to getting back and doing what I can to help the team win. -Fleury

Fleury cleared his neurological exams last week and today he made his return to the ice as a full participant in the team’s final practice before heading to Nashville and Dallas.

The guys are excited to see him out there in a full practice. It’s good to see him out there for his sake. He’s been out a long time and to get back out with the boys, there’s nothing better than that. I know it’s one step at a time but it’s good to get him back out with the group so he’s happy. -Gerard Gallant

Fleury is traveling with the team as the Golden Knights are taking their “Dad’s Trip,” but he is not expected to be activated off the IR for either game.

Following this road trip the Golden Knights return home for a five-game homestand. We likely won’t get any word on the exact date he’ll be back in the net, but there’s no doubt that December 14th game against his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, looks like the target.

Second Time Through Telling Story Of Golden Knights Sustainability

One third of the season is gone and the first 27 games couldn’t have gone too much better for the Golden Knights. However, over the course of those games, Vegas has only seen five teams multiple times. In the next 27, they play former opponents for a second or third time 17 times.

So you don’t buy that there’s no book on your team? -SinBin.vegas

Not a chance. No. When people talk about our team they know that we are a team that’s quick and we compete. -Gallant

Why can’t they all be like the Coyotes? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Arizona Coyotes
Win 2-1 (OT)
Win 5-2
Win 4-2
Win 3-2 (OT)

Anaheim Ducks
Win 4-2
Win 4-3 (SO)

Boston Bruins
Win 3-1
Loss 2-1

Dallas Stars
Win 2-1
Loss 3-0

Winnipeg Jets
Win 5-2
Loss 7-4

Last night’s game was a big one in showing how opposing teams would respond to their second crack at the Golden Knights. It was hard to take much out of the Arizona games because, well, Arizona tends to lose most games no matter how they are played.

However, with Dallas and Winnipeg, the second games were played similarly to the first. With Dallas, Vegas had a tough time getting out in transition, they didn’t get a lot of shot attempts, and the Stars controlled the game. In the first game, the Golden Knights were able to overcome it. In the second game, they were not. Against Winnipeg, Vegas played their style of north-and-south hockey which gave them a jump on the Jets and they were able to ride the hot start to the finish line. The second time against Winnipeg, the 1st period went that way, and there were moments throughout the 2nd and 3rd, but when all was said and done, the Jets came out on top.

Then there’s Boston. The two games were nearly identical with the home team winning each one. They are by no means the style of game Vegas wants to play, but the two games are further proof that the second time through, the games tend to go the same as the first.

The first game in Anaheim was one of the Golden Knights’ best. They were flying around in all three zones, created tons of scoring chances, and were even able to overcome an incredibly hot goalie and a deficit to fight back and get the win they deserved. Last night, it appeared to be going the same way in the 1st, but it came to a screeching halt out of intermission.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (17-9-1 35 PTS) ANAHEIM DUCKS 3 – SO (1-0)

The night got off to an odd start after the Golden Knight slipped during the opening ceremony and then the goal horn sounded after John Gibson’s miraculous save that was not a goal. But that didn’t stop the Golden Knights as they jumped on the Ducks with two goals late in the 1st. However, Anaheim got right back in it and ended up taking a one goal lead to the locker room. Golden Knights were able to tie it late to send it to OT. Vegas killed a big penalty to send it to shootout, the first in T-Mobile Arena history. Alex Tuch wins it with an incredible penalty shot and Subban saves all three.

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

Three Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** James Neal
* Erik Haula

Vegas Golden Knights Rank 14th On Forbes NHL Franchise Valuation List

Every year Forbes releases a list of the most valuable franchises in the NHL. The leader, for the third straight year, is the New York Rangers coming in at $1.5 billion. For this year, the Vegas Golden Knights were simply slotted in at the price The Creator paid for the franchise, $500 million.

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The interesting number is the Golden Knights debt to income ratio, which is listed at 42%. Having no historical data to go off, it’s hard to determine where that number should be less than two years into existence and without a full season under their belt, but it’s certainly a number to keep our eyes on.

Next year’s chart will be much more telling as Forbes will estimate the Golden Knights revenue and operating income which will shift the debt ratio.

The $500 million fee paid by the Golden Knights to become the NHL’s 31st team this season as a base line for the value of hockey teams illustrates the league’s enormous financial success as it has grown from six to 31 franchises. -Mike Ozanian, Forbes

The Maple Leafs, Canadiens, and Blackhawks were the only other teams that checked in at over $1 billion.

Based on the rousing success the Golden Knights have had on the ice, as well as with ticket sales, merchandise, and sponsorship, we can reasonably expect the Golden Knights to move up near the top 10 by next year.

He may still have his mind on “Playoffs by three, Cup by six,” but a spot amongst the NHL’s elite in valuation is something The Creator is also dying to see.

Golden Knights Players Explain Why They Are Dominant In Overtime

The 3-on-3 Golden Knights struck again on Sunday night winning their fifth game in overtime game of the season. They are undefeated in the 3-on-3 portion of overtime (lost in shootout to Toronto) and have an impressive 4-0 record in the extra frame at T-Mobile Arena.

It’s easier when there’s fewer of us. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Back when the Golden Knights were just 2-0 in OT, we pointed out individual defensive efforts, line changes, and pure scoring skill as the reasons why the Golden Knights were having success in overtime. Well, now that they’ve pushed the number to five out of five, we need to add a few more aspects of the game that are leading to this OT domination.

To do that, I asked just about every player and coach I could find the exact same question, “what are you guys doing in overtime that other teams are not?”

I think it’s puck possession. We are a really high puck possession team, guys like James Neal, Marchessault, guys like that who like to hold on to the puck, and we are also really good off the rush. We do 2-on-1’s a lot in practice so I guess that’s helpful. –Alex Tuch

We just play well defensively and limit their chances, and we get a chance we’ve got to move, and we do that we are successful. We have good offensive power and if we just take care of being above them, we’ll get rewarded. –Jonathan Marchessault

Usually, I don’t think we trade as many chances as we did tonight (vs. ARI). We try not to do that, but it seems like we are finding different ways to win every time in overtime. –Reilly Smith

I think we are smart. Things like that little play off the boards by Marchessault, he’s made plays like that that create odd-man rushes, same with Smith, Perry (Perron), and all those skill guys, we have forwards that do it all. We’re playing tight and trying to control the play, and honestly, I can’t say enough about the fans here. They give us so much energy and so much adrenaline that gives us an advantage over the other team. –Malcolm Subban

We got some good, skilled players and they’re quick players. I think when there’s open ice, we’re a pretty good team. It’s early, but so far we’ve been really good at it. -Gerard Gallant

Here’s are the skills/reasons we took out of all of that.

  • Puck possession
  • Scoring and defending 2-on-1’s
  • Skilled possession-minded forwards
  • Quick players that find open ice
  • Not trading chances
  • Home crowd

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