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2nd Period “Magic”

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Last night the Golden Knights scored twice in the second period giving them a two-goal lead, and eventually the win. The complete opposite of what occurred on Saturday in LA.

The win was very important. You don’t want to have a losing streak going, so to bounce back after a loss is huge and we’ll take this to New York. -William Karlsson

This season, Vegas has played so-so in second periods. After Sunday’s victory against Dallas, the Golden Knights moved to -6 in the 2nd (33 goals for, 39 goals against). It’s their worst period as they are +1 in the 1st, +8 in the 3rd, and +2 in overtime, but what’s more important is how often the results of the game mirror the 2nd period score.

Overall, the Golden Knights have been outscored 12 times this season in the second period. Their record is 2-10-0 in those games. Not good right?

But when Vegas outscores opponents in the 2nd period, their record is 12-1-0, and are unblemished at 12-0-0 when they lead heading into the second intermission.

It’s somewhat of a stark contrast from a year ago when the first goal was seemingly the most important number. This year, when the Golden Knights score first, they are just 11-6-1, while a year ago they went 34-5-2. However, they’ve actually been able to overcome the early deficit about the same as they did a year ago. This year they’ve gone 6-8-0 (0.429 Points %) when allowing the first goal as opposed to 17-19-5 (0.476 Points %)

It’s not by a lack of effort, the Golden Knights have outshot opponents 362 to 328 in the second period. Including, last night’s 12-7 edge over the Stars.

So it’s pretty clear scoring in the 2nd is essential to the Golden Knights future success. Which is why outscoring Dallas last night in the second period was a positive sign for Vegas. Especially, coming off a 5-1 clunker in LA, where the Kings scored two second period goals in their victory. At this point in the season, 2nd period success has directly translated into Golden Knights wins or loses.

It’s pretty simple, if Vegas wins the battle of the 2nd period they win the game (12-0-0). And when they lose the 2nd period, chances are they’ll lose the game (2-10). That’s real 2nd period magic.


Opponents Outscore VGK in Second Period (2-10-0)

10/04 vs Philadelphia (Loss)
Vegas allows three second period goals

10/08 @ Buffalo (Loss)
Sabres score three second period goals

10/11 @ Pittsburgh (Loss)
Penguins score three second period goals

10/26 vs Tampa (Loss)
Tampa scored one second period goal

10/30 @ Nashville (Loss)
Nashville scored two second period goals

11/01 @ St. Louis (Loss)
Blues score three second period goals
Vegas scored one second period goal

11/10 vs Montreal (Loss)
Canadiens scored three second period goals
Vegas scored one second period goals

11/16 vs St. Louis (Loss)
Blues scored three second period goals

11/19 @ Calgary (Loss)
Calgary scored two second period goals

12/04 vs Washington (Win)
Washington scored one second period goal

12/06 vs Chicago (Win)
Hawks scored two second period goals

12/08 @ LA (Loss)
Kings scored two second period goals

VGK Outscores Opponents in Second Period (12-1-0)

10/16 vs Buffalo (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goal

10/20 vs Anaheim (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goal

10/28 vs Ottawa (Win)
Vegas scored two second period goals
Ottawa score one second period goal

11/03 vs Carolina (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goal

11/14 vs Anaheim(Win)
Vegas scored three second period goals

11/18 vs Edmonton(Win)
Vegas scored three second period goals

11/21 @ Arizona (Win-OT)
Vegas scored two second period goals

11/23 vs Calgary (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goal

11/24 vs San Jose (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goal

11/27 @ Chicago (Win)
Vegas scored three second period goals
Hawks scored two second period goals

11/29 @ Vancouver (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goal

12/01 @ Edmonton (Loss)
Vegas scored one second period goal

12/09 vs Dallas (Win)
Vegas scored one second period goals

Reid Duke Finally Made It To The NHL, Now Does He Get To Actually Play?

**Steve Carp’s twice-weekly column publishes every Wednesday and Sunday during the Golden Knights season.**

It was nice to see the original Golden Knight, Reid Duke, get called up from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on Wednesday.

He was having a pretty good season to date with the Wolves. In 22 games, he had six goals and seven assists.

Duke was the fourth call-up by the Knights to date, joining Jake Bischoff, Tomas Hyka and Daniel Carr.

Injuries to Paul Stastny, Erik Haula and Max Pacioretty played a partial role in some of the moves. The Knights have been without Stastny since October 9 after he got hurt in Buffalo the day before. Haula has been out since injuring his knee in Toronto on November 6. Pacioretty missed a few games last month and didn’t play Tuesday against Washington, but returned to the ice Thursday against Chicago.

So you always want to have that 23rd body available, if nothing else than for practice.

Carr did nothing wrong. He is a victim of the waiver exemption rules. He had to go back to Chicago or risk being eventually claimed by another team or being with Vegas permanently.

But I also think there may be another reason why George McPhee opted to do what he did.

One reason for the call-ups may be to give these guys a little familiarity with the way the Knights do things, how Gerard Gallant coaches and see what they can do in the event they are needed down the road.

GMGM is always thinking ahead and while calling up Duke may not be a big deal short-term, he may want to see if Duke has the ability to contribute if he’s given a significant role. McPhee could have called someone else up (read on to see who). But he chose to bring up Duke, who perhaps should be rewarded for his fine play in the AHL. But he has teammates who have performed as well, if not better, who have yet to get a call to Vegas.

So, here’s the question: does Duke ever get into the lineup? Or is this merely a chance for McPhee to bide his time until Stastny returns?

Stastny has been practicing and all signs point to him rejoining the Knights soon. Perhaps his return comes late in the upcoming four-game east coast road trip in New York against the Rangers a week from today or the following night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

Duke was a healthy scratch Thursday against Chicago and again Saturday in Los Angeles. Maybe he gets in tonight against Dallas. But after hearing Gallant’s response when I asked him about Duke, I’m not too optimistic.

I’m worried about winning games. I’m not worried about individuals coming into our lineup. He’s coming up here because some guys have been hurt and we’re short bodies. I don’t know if he’s going to play. It depends on our roster. We’re playing real good right now. I’m not going to mess up our lines just to put somebody in. -Gerard Gallant

And based on the ice time given the previous call-ups, it doesn’t look good for Duke to get over the boards. Of the three previous call-ups, Hyka played 17 games, averaged 11:46 TOI, had one goal and three assists before being sent back down to Chicago. Carr played six games, averaged just 9:50 TOI and had one goal. Bischoff never even suited up.

So I get where Gallant is coming from. Hyka and Carr both had prior NHL experience and Gallant may have felt more comfortable in giving them a shot instead of maybe playing Oscar Lindberg.

And speaking of Lindberg, good for him for finally lighting the lamp with his first goal of the year Saturday in the 5-1 loss to the Kings. He was one of Vegas’ best players on the ice at Staples Center and he’s probably staying in the lineup tonight against the Stars because of his strong play Saturday.

To Duke’s credit, he’s handling his “promotion” well. In some ways it’s similar to when he joined Chicago right after the Knights signed him in March 2017. He practiced with the Wolves but never got in a game. However, Duke said back then it was a great opportunity to learn from the older players and make the transition from juniors to pro hockey. He said virtually the same thing Friday about his call-up to the NHL.

I’m very thankful to be called up here. It’s a great thrill and I’m just looking to learn all I can and help the team if I get the opportunity.-Reid Duke

Duke has the right mindset. He doesn’t control his ice time. Gallant does. But he does get to benefit being around an NHL locker room, watching how guys prepare on a daily basis. He gets to skate with them in practice, get a feel for the higher tempo in which things are done at this level. And even if he doesn’t play, at least he gets a small taste of NHL life.

He went through this last year after his shoulder injury sustained in a rookie scrimmage against the Kings in September forced him out of action until the spring of 2018 where he played 14 games with the Wolves. A lot of his rehab was spent in Las Vegas and he tried to take advantage of it.

I wasn’t playing last year and I had a great opportunity to be around the team and see how they come to the rink every day, their work ethic, their attention to detail. I got to watch a lot of hockey and learn the ins and outs of the team. -Duke

The good news for Duke is he’s only 22 years old. Time is on his side. I have no doubt he’ll play in the NHL at some point. He’s got good size (6-0, 191 pounds), he has a good feel for the puck and knows how to find the back of the net. He’s also tough and won’t be intimidated. But he may have to wait a little longer to play that first NHL game.

He’ll probably get sent down in a few days. So who would be next to get the call from Chicago not named Hyka or Carr?

* Brooks Macek — He leads the team with 15 goals. His shooting percentage is 34.1 percent, which is Karlsson-like (circa 2017-18). If the Knights need a winger, he’s a likely possibility.

* Gage Quinney — I thought he might have gotten a chance by now, especially when Haula went down. He’s got 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 23 games and he’s reliable at both ends of the ice, much like Carr showed when he was up with the team.

* Brandon Pirri — If the Knights need some scoring, he’s your guy. He leads the Wolves with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and he has lots of NHL experience. He’s somewhat of a liability defensively and that’s always been the rub against him.

And what about Erik Brannstrom, you ask?

I go back to what I wrote a few weeks ago. When and if the Knights call up Brannstrom, it’s for good. They’re not going to yo-yo him between Vegas and Chicago. He’s making great progress learning from Rocky Thompson and he’s going to be wonderful when he gets to the NHL. I have no doubt about that. But GMGM isn’t going to bring him up just for the heck of it.

Of course, waiver exemptions, the calendar, and the Golden Knights 23-man roster will play a big factor in any future call-ups. Macek and Quinney are waiver exempt, so they can go back and forth freely. Pirri is not, so like Carr, if he’s on the Knights for 30 days or plays in 10 games, he’d have to re-clear waivers. But of course all of this disappears on February 25th, the NHL trade deadline, when the roster limits disappear, and McPhee is free to call up as many players as he would like.

Last year, McPhee didn’t really utilize the expanded roster as the only recall was Tomas Hyka and he was returned a week later. May this year be different? Only time will tell.

As for now, enjoy the NHL life, Reid Duke. Hopefully you get a spin. If not, maybe it will be better to wait. That way your dad will have his passport and be able to come watch you in Vegas the next time around.

**Steve Carp is the author of “Vegas Born — The remarkable story of the Golden Knights.” Follow him on Twitter @stevecarp56. All of Steve Carp’s work here on SinBin.vegas is presented to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm. For over twenty-five years, the Jimmerson Law Firm has been widely recognized as one of Las Vegas’s preeminent full-service law firms. Specializing in high stakes business, civil and family litigation, the Jimmerson Law Firm has an unparalleled track record of winning when it matters most. To reach the Jimmerson Law Firm, call (702) 388-7171 and tell them SinBin.vegas sent you.**

VG(P)K

The numbers on the VGK penalty kill against Washington were staggering. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In a year of inconsistency, there has been one constant in the Golden Knights game throughout the first 29 games. It’s the league’s 2nd ranked penalty kill which just so happens to be the #1 PK at home and has killed 20 straight penalties at T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights have killed penalties off at an 85.2% clip and are well over 90% on home ice, but never, and by that I mean in the history of the franchise, has the PK shown up bigger than it did on Tuesday night.

Following the Ryan Reaves ejection, the Capitals, who already had a 2-1 lead, went on the man-advantage for five minutes spanning over two periods. Not only did the Golden Knights kill it off, they barely even allowed a scoring chance. Vegas went on to kill two more penalties in the 3rd amassing a perfect 5 for 5 kill against a team scoring on more than 25% of their power plays.

It was big. Obviously, we had killed one of the best power plays in the league tonight. The guys responded because they were trying to pick up Ryan. They did an outstanding job. I think there was two more in the third period that they had to kill.  I think we killed nine minutes of the 15-minute span there between the second and the third period and we did outstanding. -Gerard Gallant

Despite spending just short of 11 minutes at 5-on-4, the Capitals mustered up just three shots on goal. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Washington had just one scoring chance on their five power plays and not a single high-danger chance.

That’s a lethal power play there, I think we did a really good job of forcing pressure down ice and kind of rattling them and when they got into the zone they were kind of tired or mishmashed or not enough guys up on the ice. That was big for us momentum-wise, big for our penalty kill, big for our team. -Eakin

Aside from one shot from Ovechkin’s office and another from nearly the same spot that John Carlson missed, the Capitals PP spent most of the time trying to enter the zone, changing players, or struggling to fan the puck around to Ovechkin. It was essentially the perfect game penalty killing for the Golden Knights.

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Is Tom Wilson Just Wired Wrong?

**Steve Carp’s twice-weekly column publishes every Wednesday and Sunday during the Golden Knights season.**

The call didn’t come.

Should it have? Probably.

But Tom Wilson’s phone never rang Saturday after it was determined his hit from behind on New Jersey’s Brett Seney Friday was not going to be subject to supplementary discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Which means No. 43 will be on the ice Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena when the Washington Capitals face the Golden Knights. Unless, of course, he pulls a cement-head move Sunday against Anaheim and the league decides it needs to do something.

Wilson, who must have some of Raffi Torres’ DNA, took a run at Seney and hit him from behind late in the second period of the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Devils. Seney obviously never saw Wilson coming and Wilson was given a match penalty and ejected.

Immediately, the hockey world called for major sanctions against Wilson, who only recently returned from a league-imposed 20-game suspension from the preseason when he KO’d St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist. Wilson appealed and, eventually, an arbitrator reduced the 20-game ban to 14.

It was more kind of back of my shoulder. I don’t know if he was intending to do it or what. I haven’t had the chance to look at it yet. -Brett Seney

Seney was OK and he eventually returned to Friday’s game. But given Wilson’s rap sheet, it was assumed the DoPS would lower the boom on him.

Wilson has been suspended on four occasions by the NHL:

  •  September 22, 2017
    • In a preseason game against St. Louis, Wilson caught Robert Thomas with a late hit, resulting in a two preseason game suspensions
  • October 1, 2017
    • The NHL suspended Wilson for the first four games of the regular season for boarding Blues rookie forward Sammy Blais during each team’s 2017 preseason finale.
  • May 2, 2018
    • Wilson was suspended from three playoff games due to an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese, who sustained a concussion and a broken jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
  • October 3, 2018
    • Wilson was given his largest suspension to date —20 regular season games — after an illegal hit to the head hit on Sundqvist during a preseason game.

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And that doesn’t include all the cheap shots over the years that didn’t get Wilson suspended. Golden Knights fans aren’t going to forget the run Wilson took at Jonathan Marchessault in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final last June. There was no real payback during the rest of the Final because the Knights couldn’t afford to lose a player. And there was no retribution on Oct. 10 when the teams met for the first time since June 6 as Wilson did not play.

But will there be something Tuesday? My gut tells me no. Even though Ryan Reeves, Will Carrier, Deryk Engelland, and Brayden McNabb could all take care of Wilson if they chose to. However, if, as Reaves so accurately put it after Game 1, “That’s Wilson being Wilson” and he pulls yet another stunt similar to the one on Marchessault or Friday’s on Seney, Gerard Gallant won’t have to say a word. The players will administer their own justice.

But let’s go back to the play Friday in D.C., and where I have a problem with the league’s lack of action. Seney was in a vulnerable position. His back was to Wilson. He had no idea he was about to get leveled.

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The Second Line That Saved Christmas

It took a little while to get going, but Alex Tuch, Max Pacioretty, and Cody Eakin are on fire now. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

When the holiday season began, Vegas Golden Knights fans didn’t have much to be thankful for, or so it seemed.

On Halloween, things were starting to get scary. Vegas was 5-6-1, with only 11 points and five spots out of the playoffs. Early season trends were beginning to look like the worst could come true. Remember the panic on November 1st?

NHL teams four or more points out of a playoff spot by 11/01, have roughly an 18% chance of making the postseason. Since 2005-06, 47 of 58 teams that were 4+ points out of the postseason spot by November 1st, missed the playoffs. That’s a whopping 82% of teams that their fate was determined by the beginning of November. –SinBin.vegas article on 11/05/18

And then came the East Coast trip that brutalized the Golden Knights. Vegas lost three of four on the road and came back home in seventh place in the division. Ken was losing his mind, many fans were on board with him, and legitimate concern was starting to creep in that maybe this team just isn’t that good.

Things looked bleak. Up until the second line began to warm up.

November 14: Vegas 5-0 vs Anaheim

  • Second line w/ 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists)
  • Eakin: Even-strength goal, Shorthanded goal
  • Tuch scores 1st Period Game-winning PP goal
  • Pacioretty assists Tuch’s GWG

November 18: Vegas 6-3 at Edmonton

  • Second line w/ 3 points (2 goals, 1 Assist)
  • Eakin scored shorthanded goal
  • Pacioretty with second period Go-ahead goal
  • Tuch assists Pacioretty’s Go-ahead goal

November 19: Vegas 3-2 @ Arizona

  • Second line w/ 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists)
  • Pacioretty scored 2nd Period Go-ahead goal, and OT winner
  • Tuch and Eakin assist Pacioretty’s Go-ahead goal

November 23: Vegas 2-0 vs. Calgary

  • Second line w/ 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists)
  • Tuch scored 1st Period Game-wining goal
  • Eakin and Pacioretty assist on Tuch’s GWG

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Pacific Division Analysts Believe Old (Last Year) VGK Are Back

Now imagine if the 1st line returns to complete form… (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

After going 6-2-0 over their last eight games and “blowing out” an opponent on national TV, the Vegas Golden Knights are back on everyone’s radar screen.

During that period, the Golden Knights defeated five divisional opponents. Something NHL analyst Craig Button believes will end up hurting teams below Vegas in the Pacific standings.

As you get more games under your belt, you run out of games on the other side. It becomes really hard to make up ground in this league. The Vegas Golden Knights are looking like a real strong team, much like the team they were last year. –Craig Button on TSN Edmonton

The TSN analyst suggests Vegas is back on track to compete for the conference. Same goes for analyst Ray Ferraro, who expects Vegas to be in contention for back-to-back division crowns.

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Golden Knights Have A Lot To Learn From The Worst 5 Goal Win They’ve Ever Had

If Fleury was anything short of incredible, the game in Chicago would have been a disaster. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

For a majority of this season we heard the same thing from players and coaches, they are playing well, but just not getting the bounces. You’ve also heard from us here at SinBin.vegas that the Golden Knights PDO is bordering on lunacy and they are headed for being one of the unluckiest teams in the history of the sport.

Then, last night’s game in Chicago happened. The hockey gods finally felt as though they had taken enough from Vegas, and they found it time to give it all back, all in a game that will go down as the Golden Knights’ franchise record for most goals scored.

But, what if I were to tell you that the game the Golden Knights played in Chicago may have been their worst of the season. Yep, worse than Opening Night against Philadelphia, worse than the debacles in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington, definitely worse than the embarrassing one in Montreal, and dare I say, it may have even been worse than the 7-2 drubbing in Calgary.

How though!?! How is that even possible? They won 8-3. They were up 3-0 and 5, 6, 7, and 8 to 2.

It’s because they were a mess defensively for the first 32 minutes of the game and the Blackhawks just simply didn’t finish their chances. To make matters worse for Chicago, they then turned around and made terrible plays to essentially hand Vegas goals.

We were up 3-0 after 1 but I didn’t think we played real well. Chicago had some great chances, Fleury made some real key saves. Truthfully, it probably should have been 3-3 after the 1st period, but then I thought we played a better game after that. -Gerard Gallant

3-3 is kind. It could have been 8-1 in favor of Chicago. I went through and watched the game again, and I counted 14 legitimate scoring chances and seven that I would consider Grade A chances. (I took notes over the 1st and 2nd period. They’re posted at the end of this article. If you can’t believe it was as ugly as described, check them out, or even worse, watch the game again.)

All five of these chances happened with the score 0-0, 1-0, or 2-0 and the Blackhawks did not score on any of them. In fact, the final one was the play that directly preceded Vegas’ third goal.

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Golden Knights Used Insane Schedule To Find Consistency

Who would have ever thought five games in seven days would be a blessing rather than a curse? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen) 

It was a weird quirk in the schedule. Five games in seven days including three road games and two back-to-backs. And the Golden Knights came into it with just 19 points in their first 21 games.

To put it politely, this past week had a realistic chance of breaking the Golden Knights. Instead, they won four of the five games, which were all division games, and went from seventh place to third in the Pacific Division.

We talked about it, I mean like you said it was five games in seven days and the guys need a lot of rest so there wasn’t much practice time, very little if any. The biggest thing we did was we knew we had to win these hockey games. We knew we had to get back in this race and start to competing and playing real well and I think our game’s back right now. We played excellent hockey in four of the five games and that’s why we got a little streak here so we just have to continue to play the way we are playing and like I said guys are starting to get some confidence and feel good with their game. -Gerard Gallant

Rather than the Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday marathon that was last week killing the Golden Knights, instead it may have jumped started them.

It was the perfect time, when you are feeling good about playing your game, to play often. When you like the way things are going you don’t want to sit back and think about how great you are you want to put on the gear and go play a game. -Max Pacioretty

The Golden Knights had been mired in inconsistency used a tough schedule to their advantage and even despite laying a complete egg in one game, they may have played their most consistent five-game stretch of the year.

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Schmidt Comes Home, Neal Returns, Carr Debuts

Even aside from being dubbed as “Kids Day” at T-Mobile, the 3 PM start, and the home team wearing white jerseys, Friday’s game had a lot going on. So, when the game ended, we at SinBin.vegas split up to cover all three major stories at the same time. Jason went to the visitor’s locker room to track down James Neal, Steve spent the day focused on Daniel Carr and chatted with him after the game, and I drew the Schmidty straw. Here are all three stories wrapped up into one post.

Schmidt Comes Home
(written by Ken Boehlke)

Ever been in one of those circus mirror rooms where everywhere you turn you see a slightly different version of yourself? Creepy, right? Now, imagine you do the same thing, but the room doesn’t have mirrors and instead, they are real people, over 10,000 of them.

It felt like another dimension out there. -Nate Schmidt

But as much as Schmidt’s return was celebrated by those in the stands, it was his teammates and his coach who have the deepest appreciation for what he brings back to the Golden Knights.

You guys talked about Nate Schmidt and that’s important to our team and he is really important to our group and I think it makes us a lot better team, when we can come out and throw the defense at you like that and play the game that we play all the time. -Gerard Gallant

Nate seemed to really enjoy his time on the ice as well.

It’s fun to be back, fun to be back here (at T-Mobile Arena). It was such a fun game to be a part of. I love when we play our game. It’s fun, it’s fun hockey. It’s the reason why you play the game is when your team is playing that way. -Schmidt

You might say, he had fun. So did the rest of the Golden Knights when they saw the 10,000+ Schmidt faces in the crowd.

I got back in there in the locker room and the guys just stared at me and gave the open eyes like ‘woah.’ Never seen something like that. -Schmidt

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Get The Puck Out Of The Zone… Now!

Get to it and get it out. That’s how VGK wants to play in their own end, and they know they haven’t done enough of it. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Hockey is a funny game. One night a team can come out completely flat, give up seven unanswered goals, and get embarrassed and then a few nights later that very same team can play an excellent defensive game and grind out an overtime win. The difference between the Golden Knights Monday night performance and their Wednesday night performance were stark.

So what changed?

Following Monday night’s loss the Golden Knights wanted to put the game in the rearview mirror, a commitment to simplicity helped the Golden Knights turn it around in just two nights time.

Nevermind what we can do to get up ice, nevermind the plays that we can make, be simple and just give the (opposing) forwards a steady diet of right ups, and quick ins and tip ins and let them go to work. -Nate Schmidt

Schmidt got a little inside baseball hockey on us there, but what he’s talking about is moving the puck quickly out of the zone. Rather than sitting back and trying to make the perfect play to spring an offensive chance, the defensemen wanted to simply get the puck out of their own zone as quickly as physically possible. Either move it directly out or move it once to the D-partner and let him move it out.

It forces them to go to work. It forces them to go to the go on the forecheck. You kind of take it out of their hands and take it out of our hands. That was what we talked about as a group on the day off. A healthy diet of right-ups. A healthy diet of quick-up D to D. -Schmidt

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