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Golden Knights 2nd Line Needed To Win Game 2

Must be more of this in Game 2. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

0 goals. -3 rating. 18:00+ minutes on ice.

That was the output of the Golden Knights 2nd line of Erik Haula, David Perron, and James Neal in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

To make it even worse, between the three of them they did not record a single shot on goal.

That is not good enough.

Vegas’ 2nd line spent a majority of their time on the ice against the Winnipeg 2nd line of Patrik Laine, Paul Stastny, and Nikolaj Ehlers as well as their 2nd defensive pairing of Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom.

This matchup will continue to be one of the keys to the series. Not only because the Golden Knights need scoring out of that line but because they must avoid allowing those Jets to score. In Game 1, it was 1-0 Jets when those eight players were on the ice, but the shot attempts, shots on goal, and scoring chances were heavily in favor of the Jets as well.

The Jets 2nd line shut down the Predators 2nd line and it’s a big reason why the Jets are here, while the Golden Knights 2nd line had success against the Sharks. Vegas is best when they are rolling multiple offensive lines, if their 2nd best scoring line disappears, their chances to win this series dimish drastically.

David Perron did not skate this morning while Tomas Tatar skated in his place both in line rushes and on the power play. Whether it’s Perron or Tatar, the Golden Knights need more from the 2nd line. Otherwise, they’re going to be staring at a 2-0 deficit when they board the plane to come back to Las Vegas.

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4 Comments

  1. Jim Nick

    Clearly, neither team was at their best Saturday and expect much better game tonight.

    Knights have experienced the crazy-loud Wpg fans and won’t be caught off guard tonight. Jets should have recovered from the NV series and will bring their speed game and aggressive forecheck to the table. “Show time” in a little over two hours…can’t wait!

    Remember, speed kills…Go Jets!

  2. Michael V. Smith

    I don’t mind that change. Perron during the season and Perron during the Playoffs are 2 different players.

  3. Robert Shea

    Absolutely. I predicted the Knights would win Game 2 without him. So far so good. He just doesn’t have the intensity for playoff hockey, having watched him for years here in STL. He’s great for lugging the puck during the long regular season.

  4. Scott

    Is Perron injured or just a healthy scratch?

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