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Winnipeg Jets Complimentary Of Golden Knights And T-Mobile Arena

These people are why Vegas is so good at home. These exact people. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Winnipeg Jets came into Las Vegas having earned a point in each of their previous eight games. That stretch ended abruptly when they faced a team on a streak of their own. After last night’s 5-2 Golden Knights victory, Vegas has now won six straight games at T-Mobile Arena, something the Jets were aware of coming in.

They were everything that we expected. Our preparation before the game showed that hockey team. You know I said how once you get out there, we just couldn’t get out of our zone. –Blake Wheeler, Jets Captain

The Captain didn’t seem upset or frustrated, if anything, he was more impressed with the team he faced.

I think just the way they play, their forecheck is really tough to break. They are great at getting above the puck. There just wasn’t a whole lot of space to make plays. You have got to give them a lot of credit, we made a lot of mistakes that cost us, gave them a little bit too much space. They really capitalize on their looks and you have to give them credit. They played a good hockey game tonight. -Wheeler

Wheeler expected a strong effort from Vegas but wasn’t stunned by the loss. Looking forward, expect Winnipeg to be even more prepared for the Golden Knights.

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After a reasonably slow start by both teams, the Golden Knights used their forechecking and transition game to jump out to a 2-0 lead. 2nd period magic returns as the Golden Knights dominate the center frame and coast to what might be their most impressive win of the year against a good Winnipeg Jets team.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Is William Karlsson the future?
  • Winnipeg’s impressions on their first “business trip” to Las Vegas.

Three Stars

K*** Maxime Lagace
** Reilly Smith
* William Karlsson

Golden Knights Documentary “Home Team” Premiers On Facebook

NowThis, one of Facebook’s most popular news outlets, began filming a documentary series about Las Vegas’ first major professional sports team and its role within the community, especially following the tragic events that occurred on October 1st.

The first episode of the series premiered today, and it’s spectacular.

Like most of NowThis’ work, they intermingle footage, interviews, and personal stories to paint a bigger picture.

This is a terrific opportunity to continue to super-serve our fans with compelling content that helps them understand who our players are behind the visors and masks, and to connect them with our newest franchise on a more emotional level. -Steve Mayer,  NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President

The series is called “Home Team” and each episode will be streamed on a Facebook page devoted to the show.

Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights will bring fans into the locker rooms and living rooms of the players that helped bring comfort to Las Vegas. -Mayer

One episode in, they completely nailed it that mission. Here’s the first episode.

The series is scheduled for five weeks with one episode per week.

Closing The Book On The Story That Was Vadim Shipachyov

We have to use a bunch of pictures in this post…(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

On May 4th, 2017 the Vegas Golden Knights signed the 2nd player in franchise history and their first on a one-way NHL contract. Seven months later that very same player retired from world’s best league after playing in three regular season games, totaling less than 32 minutes on the ice, and scoring only a single goal.

Just like that, the Vadim Shipachyov era in Las Vegas, and the NHL, is over.

He was a player many believed would be the most talented offensive player on the Golden Knights roster this season. A player that was supposed to be a top six forward, a power play wizard, and was even expected at the time he was signed to chip in on the penalty kill.

As it turned out, he was none of that.

He just wanted to go home. -George McPhee

Because this is the last time…(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In the end, the Golden Knights lose virtually nothing in the deal.

So case closed. Poka Shippy. (It means goodbye in Russian… I think). Time to shift the focus back to what’s important, the players who are still here in Las Vegas, and a team that’s 9-5-1, gearing up for a home game against the Winnipeg Jets. Right?

Nah. It’s not that simple. You can’t be THAT wrong about someone and simply write it off as “he’s a good guy and it just didn’t work out for us and for him here.” That doesn’t work for me. This whole situation isn’t about what was lost, and I’m certainly not buying McPhee’s “good news.”

The good news is the contract is off the books and a roster spot was opened up. -McPhee

That’s not why Vadim Shipachyov was brought over from the KHL to the NHL. It was to use him as an asset to help the Golden Knights become better in the future.

One of the greatest expenses you will ever have in your life is opportunity cost. Warren Buffet

We’ll probably ever get…(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

That’s right, I just dropped a Warren Buffet quote in an article about a whiny Russian hockey player. When you come down from the shock of realizing that the guy who runs a website that can’t even get a .com actually paid enough attention in macroeconomics class to understand the principle of opportunity cost, chew on that quote for a second, cause that’s what’s really lost in the whole Shipachyov story.

Read More Podcast #88: Voluntary Retirement

After hearing from the GM that the Shipachyov era is officially over in Vegas. We react to the news, plus talk a lot more about the goings on with the Golden Knights road trip. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • What are the actual ramifications of Shipachyov heading back to Russia?
  • A trade on the table that was declined. Probably good for everyone.
  • The Eakin Huala line switch.
  • Leadership, are the Golden Knights proving it to be false?
  • The McPhee “balance.”

And much more…

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Vadim Shipachyov Voluntarily Retires From The NHL

The Vadim Shipachyov saga in Las Vegas is officially over.

Listen below to the full press conference with George McPhee including his opening statement in which he “closed the book” on Shipachyov.

We are headed into the studio at The Space to talk much more about this (streaming podcast live on Mixlr) and we will have a few opinion based articles in the near future.

Shippy may be gone, but he’s certainly not forgotten here at

#88 In Your Program, #1 In Your Defensive Pairings

I don’t know how to put this, but… I’m kind of a big deal. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

There are many storylines this season, but one in particular is overlooked only because of his steady play. Golden Knights like Colin Miller, William Karlsson, William Carrier and others are on pace for career seasons. Heck, even Tomas Nosek has already doubled his career total in goals. Statistical career-paces are nice, but Nate Schmidt transforming into a trusted, top-pairing defenseman is the bigger story.

Heading into this season, Schmidt was stuck on bottom-pair for the Washington Capitals, which is why he was available to the Golden Knights. His scouting report highlighted his strong skating and puck moving ability. Something Vegas fans now get to watch 23 minutes a game.

2017 Averages: 29 Shifts, 22:31 ATOI
2016 Averages: 17 Shifts, 15:29 ATOI
2015 Averages: 22 Shifts, 18:04 ATOI
2014 Averages: 16 Shifts, 13:53 ATOI

I openly admit, I’m a sucker for shift statistics and time on ice. TOI numbers indicate the trust a coach will have in an individual player. After 15 games in the books, it’s clear Gerard Gallant heavily relies on Schmidt’s consistency. Due to his usage increase, #88 has turned into a top defenseman for the Golden Knights. Here are Schmidt’s game logs for this season.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Returns To The Ice At City National Arena

It’s been almost a month (October 13th) since Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury took a knee to the face which sent him to the IR with a concussion.

Today, he returned to the ice at the Golden Knights practice facility.

(Stick tap to Michael Mevorah for sharing the pictures.)

Previously, Gerard Gallant said that it would be “4 to 5 days” after Fleury returned to the ice that he would be ready to play in a game.

Couple this news with a tweet claiming Dylan Ferguson is expected to return for the Kamloops Blazers games on Friday and Saturday, and it looks promising that Fleury will come off IR soon, maybe as soon as for Friday night’s game vs. the Winnipeg Jets.

The Golden Knights return to the ice for a full practice tomorrow and with a press conference with Gallant following.

Stay tuned for more info over the next few days, but it certainly looks like Fleury is getting close.

Let Shea Play

For the Golden Knights there’s a constant delicate balance between trying to do what you can to win now while still keeping an eye on the future to fulfill The Creator’s dreams of “Playoffs by three, Cup by six.”

Sometimes, however, there are situations that serve both purposes simultaneously. That’s the case for Shea Theodore, who has now been with the team for six games, yet only played in three of them.

Put Leave me in coach, I’m as good as Brad. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Theodore is widely considered the Golden Knights most talented defenseman, but that’s not to say he’s a finished product in the NHL. His ability to get shots through from the point, his skating, and his puck moving are all massive upside traits for the 22-year-old, but he does have some trouble deep in his own end, he’s not quite physical enough at times, and he tends to make risky plays that lead to odd-man rushes.

This being said, Theodore is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces moving forward for the Golden Knights. Yet, he’s only dressed for three of the six games since being recalled to the Golden Knights, has played just 45 total minutes in the three games, and saw his power play time (where he’s at his best) disappear in his most recent appearance.

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Gallant On Road Trip: “Thought We Deserved A Lot More Than That”

It was supposed to be just the next in a long line of tests for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. It turned out to be a six game struggle in which the Golden Knights were only able to muster up three points on a 1-4-1 record.

But according to the man behind the bench, it wasn’t as bad as it seemed.

I was real happy with the way we played (on the road trip). It’s a big road trip, we played six games and we only got three points out of it. But I thought we deserved a lot more than that. We’ve played good hockey. We’ve had a few periods where we didn’t play real well but for the most part I’m real happy with the way we played and competed on the road. It was really our first test to go on the road like this and I think it’s going to help our team in the long run. -Gerard Gallant

He’s not wrong. Looking back, Vegas outplayed the Islanders, Rangers, Senators, Maple Leafs, and Canadiens for two of the three periods (and overtime in Toronto), but those bad periods were really bad and cost the Golden Knights a bunch of points they could have had on the road.

We (kind of) missed you Oscar. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Things got even more difficult right out of the gates of the road trip when Oscar Dansk went down leave the Golden Knights with Max Lagace as the only useable goalie. When all was said and done, Lagace wasn’t great, but he was certainly good enough to keep Vegas in games.

1-4-1 is what it is, and there’s not getting those points back. Now, it’s a couple days off, a quick stop at T-Mobile Arena, and then back north of the border for a pair of games with the Oilers and Canucks.

19 points. 15 games. It’s pretty good, especially for an “e-word” team, but they probably did deserve a lot more than that.

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