After nine wins including three on the road, six at home, and against a wide variety of teams, I set out to find a pattern. What is the Golden Knights recipe for success? Instead, what I found, there isn’t one, and that’s a good news for Vegas.
Close games, blowouts, high scoring, low scoring, up late, down late, good team, bad team, you name it, Vegas has done it. We even dug deeper to total goals scored, game start times, game length, and even referee/linesmen pairings, and it all showed absolutely nothing.
The truth is the Golden Knights are winning by all forms and styles. They’ve won scoring seven and they’ve also won scoring two goals. VGK has won scoring first, and won scoring last. What I really found out, nine wins adds up to nine different stories.
Wins – @DAL, @ARI, vs ARI, vs BOS, vs BUF, vs STL, vs CHI, vs COL, @OTT
Wins when scoring 5 or more goals: vs ARI (5), vs BUF (5), vs COL (7), @ OTT (5)
Wins when scoring 3 or fewer goals: @DAL (2), vs ARI (2), vs BOS (3), vs STL (3)
Wins by day of the week: Saturday (3), Tuesday (3), Friday (2), Sunday (1)
Game start times (PST): 11A, 3P, 4P, 5P, 6P, 7P(3), 730P
Length of game: 2:41, 2:36, 2:33, 2:31, 2:46, 2:49, 2:29, 2:35, 2:40
SOG: 30, 42, 28, 26, 31, 22, 33, 21, 34
Refs: Tim Peel(2), Kendrich Nicholson, Dan O’Halloran, Eric Furlatt, Jon McIsaac, Francois St. Laurent, Dave Jackson, Brad Meier, Graham Skilliter, TJ Luxmore, Gord Dwyer, Ian Walsh, Kyle Rehman, Brian Pochmora, Justin St. Pierre, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Darren Gibbs(2), Matt McPherson, Chris Lee, Garrett Rank, Brian Murphy, Lonnie Cameron, Kory Nagy, Brian Mach, Brandon Gawryletz, Ryan Gibbons, Kiel Murchison, Ryan Daisy, Greg Devorski, Lonnie Cameron, Michael Cormier
Wins when scored first: Nosek vs ARI, Alex Tuch vs BOS, David Perron vs COL, Alex Tuch @ OTT
Wins when opponent scored first: @DAL, @ARI, vs BUF, vs STL, vs CHI
Wins when scored last: James Neal @ DAL, James Neal @ ARI, Oscar Lindberg vs BOS, David Perron (OT) vs BUF, Karlsson vs STL (OT), William Carrier vs COL
Wins when certain VGK player scores: James Neal(4), Oscar Lindberg (4), Alex Tuch (3), William Karlsson (3), David Perron (2)
Power Play Opportunities: 7 PPO, 4 PPO, 4 PPO, 4 PPO, 5 PPO, 3 PPO, 5 PPO, 5PPO, 5 PPO
Wins by goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (3) – @DAL, @ARI, vs ARI.
Malcolm Subban – vs BOS, vs BUF, vs STL
Oscar Dansk – vs STL, vs CHI, vs COL
Maxime Lagace – @OTT
Simply put, there’s no book on the Golden Knights, and that’s a great sign for the future.