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LOS ANGELES KINGS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (36-23-8 80 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the LA Kings in pursuit of a franchise best nine-game win streak. The game didn’t begin as planned for Vegas as Anze Kopitar netted two goals in the 1st period. The Golden Knights struggled to get going on offense and trailed 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes.

The Kings stretched their lead to 3-0 midway through the 2nd period. The Golden Knights were awarded a power play and quickly took advantage. Shea Theodore wristed a shot into LA’s net getting within two. The Kings got their three goal lead back late in the period scoring a power play goal of their own. The visiting team held a 4-1 edge after 40 minutes.

Trailing by three goals the Golden Knights attempted to make a comeback on multiple 3rd period power plays. However, LA continued to frustrate Vegas and killed off the penalties. The Kings closed out the game 4-1 and ended the Golden Knights eight-game win streak.

Vegas’ record drops to 36-23-8 but still remain in 1st place with 80 points. The Golden Knights get a day off and prepare for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Game is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period blues struck again as the Golden Knights allowed a goal on the first shot for the second game in a row. From there the 1st period didn’t get much better and ended 2-0. Then, Vegas turned it on, but Cal Petersen was terrific in the goal. Golden Knights certainly didn’t play well enough to win, but 4-1 is a bit cruel. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena

  • DeBoer’s commitment to experimenting with lines before the playoffs.
  • Using the Expansion Draft to find a future goalie

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Max Pacioretty
** William Karlsson
* Nic Roy

LOS ANGELES KINGS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (24-17-6 54 PTS)

Recap: The 1st period was completely lopsided to the visiting team as they lit up the scoreboard. The Kings scored four times in the opening 20 minutes. Malcolm Subban had trouble stopping the flurry of LA shots. Vegas trailed 4-0 after one period.

The Golden Knights outshot the Kings 24-4 in the 2nd period and would get two past LA goaltender Jack Campbell. After 40 minutes Vegas trailed 4-2.

Vegas was awarded the first power play of the game 13 minutes left in the 3rd period. They couldn’t convert on the man advantage and would fall eventually fall 5-2.

Vegas’ record drops to 24-17-6 and remain tied with Arizona for first place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Game time is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: An absolutely atrocious 1st period, again. The 3rd straight game the Golden Knights were a complete trainwreck in the 1st and it cost them their second straight game. Sure, the 2nd and the 3rd Vegas destroyed the Kings, but it’s too little too late. There’s one more game in the homestand, they better not give up a 1st period goal. (Analysis by Ken)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena

  • Probably something about all the 1st period goals, but we’ll see.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Too Little
** Too
* Late
(There were some good players, but if you fall behind by four, it doesn’t really matter.)

LOS ANGELES KINGS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (9-9-3 21 PTS)

Vegas tried to get back on track in LA for a Saturday matinee. The Golden Knights would be awarded an early power play but the Kings would steal the puck and the lead. LA took an early 1-0 edge on a short-handed goal, and the Kings would add another taking advantage of their own PP opportunity. Arch nemesis Drew Doughty got credit for sneaking one past Malcolm Subban. The Kings held a 2-0 advantage after one period of play.

Max Pacioretty would get his team on the board in the 2nd period by deflecting a puck past Jonathan Quick. The one goal deficit wouldn’t last long as the Kings scored their third of the game a minute and a half later to take a 3-1 lead. Thankfully, Jonathan Marchessault brought the lumber and slapped a bomb past Quick. Late in the 2nd period William Karlsson would equalize the game on a nice chip pass by Pacioretty. Through 40 minutes the Golden Knights came roaring back with three goals in the 2nd period.

Both teams battled to break the tie for most of the 3rd period. A tip by Jeff Carter found its way through Subban and gave the Kings the eventual game winner.

Vegas’ record continues to drop 9-9-3 and are stuck on 21 points for the third straight game. Luckily, the Golden Knights get a chance to make up those points tomorrow at home against the Calgary Flames. Puck drops at 4PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** Max Pacioretty
* Jonathan Marchessault

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (4-2-0 8 PTS)

The Golden Knights came out hot like they did the night before against Calgary. Reilly Smith scored his fourth of the season, and Max Pacioretty tallied his second on a 1st period power play. LA cut the lead in half but couldn’t tie it up before the period expired. Vegas held the 2-1 edge after the opening period.

In the 2nd, Marc-André Fleury made a few game-changing saves to preserve the one goal Golden Knights lead. Paul Stastny gave Vegas extra cushioning with two Golden Knights power-play goals. After 40 minutes of action the Golden Knights led the Kings 4-1.

Vegas gave LA some life in the 3rd period by allowing the Kings to score and get within two. Mark Stone took that life away :17 seconds later with his fourth goal of the season. The Golden Knights convincingly won 5-2 in LA.

Vegas improves their record to 4-2-0 and get a well deserved day off tomorrow. The Golden Knights next take the ice Tuesday against the Nashville Predators (3-2-0). Puck drops at 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center

  • Marchessault, Karlsson, Smith dominating in possession and it’s trickling down to the rest of the lineup.
  • I’ll take a look at the power play and see if I can find out if there’s anything different going on beyond just personnel. If there is, there will be a story on it.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Paul Stastny

The Trials And Tribulations Of Faceoffs In The Preseason

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Every year the NHL makes a few tweaks to its rulebook in an attempt to make the game better. Well, really, they are pretty much only focused on creating more offense, but in the eyes of most, that’s making the game better. This offseason they added in a few new rules about the location of faceoffs and through six games, the Golden Knights are learning a lot about how they are going to handle it, both with personnel and about the linesmen.

We start with the new rules. They are fairly simple. There are now four situations in which the attacking team gets to decide which offensive zone circle they would like to take the faceoff from.

  1. Following an icing
  2. On the first draw to start a power play
  3. When the puck is frozen by a goalie on a shot from behind the center red line
  4. When a defensive skater accidentally dislodges the goal

Previously the linesmen would select which side the draw would be taken on based on where the puck was when the play was blown dead. Now the attacking team chooses.

Before we go any further, it seems pertinent to explain why this is important. The reason is that most centers have a side they prefer to take a draw on, usually based on the handedness of their stick. They win more on their preferred side, thus the offensive team will have more opportunities to score.

Which brings us back to the Golden Knights. In the game against Los Angeles, there were six icing calls on the Kings and LA took five penalties. That means 11 times in which the Golden Knights were able to choose where they took the draw. Here were their results.

Following Icing

Smith WIN on left
Marchessault LOSS on right
Nosek WIN on left
Eakin WIN on left
Marchessault WIN on right
Stastny WIN on left

Penalties 

Stastny LOSS on right*
Eakin LOSS on left
Stastny WIN on left
Marchessault LOSS on right
Marchessault LOSS on left*

*Opposite side of expected choice

Vegas won five of the 11 with every player taking the draw electing to take it on the same side as he shoots with the exception of two. One from Marchessault and another from Stastny, both of which were lost, but we’ll get back to that in a moment.

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LOS ANGELES KINGS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (Preseason Game 6)

It was the Golden Knights first official dress rehearsal before opening night. Coach Gerard Gallant spoke earlier in camp about using the last two exhibition games as dress rehearsals for October 2nd.

The Kings struck first midway through the 1st period on backhand shot behind the Golden Knights defense. LA doubled their lead 2-0 on Alex Iaffalo’s first exhibition goal.

Vegas had much more energy to start the 2nd period. Alex Tuch and Keegan Kolesar bursted through the neutral zone creating early attacks on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. Vegas would go on the power play twice in the period but couldn’t connect and the game remained 2-0 LA after 40 minutes of action.

Down two goals to start the 3rd period the Golden Knights quickly stormed back. Paul Stastny and Brayden McNabb scored :74 seconds apart to tie the game 2-2. It was Stastny’s first and McNabb’s second goal of the preseason. The Kings would take the lead 3-2 on a loose rebound scooped up by LA and past Marc-Andre Fleury.

Vegas would go on to lose 3-2, and drop their exhibition record to 4-2. The Golden Knights play their final preseason game this Sunday against the San Jose Sharks. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings preseason game at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Game 6 of the preseason was all about faceoffs

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Max Pacioretty
** Brayden McNabb
* Paul Stastny

 

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 – OT(Preseason Game 3)

The 1st period began, VGK sucked, and then the period ended in a boring, scoreless tie.

Vegas’ offense got involved early in the second frame, as defenseman Nate Schmidt was robbed by LA’s goalpost. Both teams traded penalties but neither could convert until the Kings Dustin Brown broke through with a PP goal. After two periods of play, LA held the 1-0 edge.

Seven minutes into the last period LA’s Blake Lizotte snuck one past Vegas goaltender Oscar Dansk for the 2-0 Kings lead. Vegas was sluggish offensively again and took more than nine minutes in to get their first shot of the period. However, it wouldn’t matter as LA would put one in their own net, and then the Vegas veterans took over. Mark Stone tied the game with five minutes remaining, and Jonathan Marchessault stole the game with an overtime breakaway game-winner.

The 3-0 Golden Knights will get back to action on Saturday evening night in San Jose. Vegas will faceoff against their divisional rival for their fourth preseason game. Puck drops at 5PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings preseason game at Staples Center.

  • Reilly Smith says there is a benefit to losing in the first round.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Oscar Dansk
** Mark Stone
* Jonathan Marchessault

Karlsson left the game on this play. He did not return. Gallant said after the game that Karlsson would have continued had it been a regular season game (per David Schoen, LVRJ).

Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings Photo Gallery – January 1st, 2019

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 LOS ANGELES KINGS 0 (24-15-4 52 PTS)

A typical Kings vs. Golden Knights game it took quite a while to really get going. As the game started to open up Vegas garnered most of the scoring chances but Jack Campbell kept them all out through two. On the other end, Marc-Andre Fleury had very little work through two but when he was called upon he had to stop a few dangerous chances. Who else but Brandon Pirri scored the Golden Knights first goal. They tallied an extra one with the empty netter by Alex Tuch.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena.

  • More on the mystery man, Valentin Zykov
  • Since everyone keeps asking me, let’s talk about what to do with the lineup when Max comes back.

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Brandon Pirri
** Jack Campbell
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 LOS ANGELES KINGS 1 (22-15-4 48 PTS)

The Golden Knights played an excellent period in which they scored the first goal from William Carrier. However they had a rough shift in the final shift of the period and gave up the tying goal. In the 2nd the Golden Knights continued their dominance hitting a few posts but finally getting one to go on a shot from Alex Tuch. An unbelievable pass from Nate Schmidt sprung William Karlsson on breakaway to put the Golden Knights up by two. Paul Stastny added the empty netter late.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center

  • Carp on VGK’s 2019 outlook
  • I’m getting sick of these goalie interference reviews going against Vegas. Going to take a look at all of them and if I’m still mad I’ll write something about it.

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Malcolm Subban
** Nate Schmidt
* William Karlsson

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