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A sloppy 1st period in which only 11 total shots on goal were taken resulted in a 1-0 lead for Vegas on a PP goal from Alex Tuch. A missed wide-open net on a rolling puck by Brandon Pirri kept VGK from going up 2-0. Then the Wild got going as they scored two straight to take the lead. A terrific passing display by Paul Stastny led to a Max Pacioretty goal which knotted it back up. A scramble play in the Golden Knights end led to the go-ahead goal for the Wild and Vegas could not rebound. The loss moves them to 1-4-0 against the Wild all time.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena.

  • What is going on with Zykov if he’s not going to get into a game?

Ken’s Three Stars
*** Colin Miller
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Devan Dubnyk


For the second game in a row, the Golden Knights looked like the better team in the first period but didn’t head to the locker room with the lead. Vegas dominated the play in the 2nd, but neither team scored. The Golden Knights had plenty of chances in the 3rd but just could not get one past Devan Dubnyk until the very last moment. Max Pacioretty fired one home to tie the game with about a minute to go. The Golden Knights had to kill a penalty in OT, which they did and the game went to a shootout. Former Wild Erik Haula scores the game-winner in SO!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

  • Sunday’s are off for, so we’ll see ya for the early game on Monday.

Three Stars
*** Matt Dumba
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Devan Dubnyk

Wild Feeling Pretty Pretty Pretty Good About Potentially Seeing Vegas Again In April

We’ve forgotten about them right now until the thing happens. -Bruce Boudreau, Wild Head Coach

There’s just something about the Wild… in the regular season. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The ‘thing’ that Boudreau was referring to is a potential playoff matchup against the Golden Knights. It’s not the matchup as of right now, but Minnesota’s holds just a three point lead on the wild card teams which means a date with Vegas is certainly a realistic possibility.

Boudreau’s nickname is Gabby, because he’s constantly gabbing. However, he gave short responses when I asked how a season sweep could carry over to the postseason.

Playoffs are a whole different animal. But this was as close to a playoff matchup you’ll get. -Boudreau

Unlike their coach, the Wild players didn’t downplay the season sweep.

Yeah I think we can use this confidence. I think to have the psychological advantage over them says something. We can definitely use that. -Charlie Coyle, Wild Forward

Coyle scored his 11th goal of the season on Friday night.

We’d be pretty confident playing against these guys. For some reason we play well against them every game. We see our real team when we play against these guys. -Coyle

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For the second game in a row the Golden Knights got off to a miserable start. They allowed one in the 1st and two more in the 2nd and headed to intermission down 3-0. Vegas finally looked like themselves for the final seven minutes or so of the game, but the goals game to few and too late and an empty netter sealed it for Minnesota. That’s four straight losses at T-Mobile Arena for the Golden Knights.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena.

  • How does All Star head coach Gerard Gallant choose who starts each game? (It’s not the best players or best line)
  • What are the Wild doing against VGK and could they do it if this were a round one playoff series?

Three Stars
*** Mat Dumba
** Erik Haula
* Jason Zucker


A miserable opening period for the Golden Knights in which they gave up two goals, were outshot 19-8, and lost the Corsi battle 26-12. The Wild added the game’s third goal but a power play tip-in from Erik Haula cut the lead back to two. Minnesota scored again on the power play sending the game to the 3rd at 4-1. Vegas never quite got going as the Wild become the third team to beat the Golden Knights twice.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

  • On to Washington.

Three Stars
*** Charlie Coyle
** Eric Staal
* Jonas Brodin


Golden Knights played a pretty solid game but couldn’t get on the board until the 3rd period. They gave up the first goal but were able to battle back with two goals in under two minutes in the 3rd. However, that’s all they could muster up and a couple rough bounces led the Wild to a pair of goals. Vegas deserved better than a 4-2 loss on this night.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center

Three Stars
*** Matt Dumba
** Eric Staal
* Devan Dubynk

Replay: In The Bin – Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild (Guest: Connor Fields & Trent Jones)

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In The Bin returns for an important road game in Minnesota. Tonight’s guest is Vegas Golden Knight superfan, Olympic gold medalist in BMX, Connor Fields and upcoming BMX star Trent Jones.

You can listen here or you can download the Mixlr app.

**Below is the replay from tonight’s In The Bin with Connor and Trent**

NMCs Causing All Sorts Of Expansion Speculation

Never before has the NHL world cared more about No Movement Clauses. The most obvious candidate to waive his NMC, Marc-Andre Fleury signed his paperwork after his third ring-fitting. Others like Dion Phaneuf were asked, and though it’s expected he declines, we may have to wait to see the lists to get the final answer.

With the buyout period looming and roster lockdown a few days away, NHL clubs are scrambling to get prepared for the Expansion Draft. However, some teams appear willing to stand pat and take their Vegas lumps.

In Florida, the first reports were that Panthers front office had asked defenseman Keith Yandle to waive his NMC. The 30-year-old signed a seven-year deal last offseason and apparently Florida was willing to chance him in expansion. Updated reports now confirm Yandle was never asked and will not be exposed. Out guess, Yandle was asked, politely declined, and then the team covered his back by saying they never asked.

Either way, Yandle’s exposure would’ve created an interesting dilemma. Had the Golden Knights selected the All-Star defenseman they could’ve scored big in a flip. Established teams are desperate for blueliners and a rock like Yandle would draw plenty of interest. Or, with the long term deal, would the Golden Knights have thought to keep him and make him part of their “Cup in 6” plans.

Other notable players with NMC’s that were not asked to waive; Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Andrew Ladd, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, David Backes.

A lot of things are out of my control right now. I don’t know what other teams are discussing with regard to expansion and Vegas. I know what I’d like to do, but we’ll see how it plays out. -Steve Yzerman, Tampa GM

In Tampa, despite speculation, the Lightning did not ask Ryan Callahan to waive his NMC. Reports are GM Steve Yzerman reached out to the Golden Knights and is interested in protecting more players in exchange for picks. The Lightning are also rumored to be shopping stud Jonathon Drouin possibly for a defenseman in Anaheim or Minnesota. Opposing GM’s are calling McPhee but they’re texting one another as well. But even if teams make offers to the Wild it doesn’t mean they’ll agree to a deal prior to the roster lockdown.

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Wild’s Dilemma Could Make Vegas Rich

One of our favorite Canadians, Pierre Lebrun, had a Christmas bundle of expansion notes for us this week. LeBrun focused on Minnesota’s expansion dilemma this week. The Wild’s defensive squad are one the leagues best and could create a problem for management. Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella, Christian Folin, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba are a good problem to have. After breaking it down, Lebrun believes the Wild will use the likely popular 7-3-1 protection format. Suter and Spurgeon are locks and Dumba made the most sense to LeBrun. That means Scandella, Folin and Brodin would be available to Vegas. Here’s a quick profile on all three.

Marco Scandella: 26 years-old/Defenseman/Left-handed

325 Games/79 Points
Career Stats: +/- -9/TOI 19:55/Blks 467/Hits 315/GWG 6
2016 Stats: +/- -1/TOI 16:40/Blks 28/Hits 15/Pts 3
Contract: 5 years $20M/$4.75M per year/UFA 2020
Positives: Solid defender/Potential/134 total shots 5-v-5 close
Negatives: 161 giveaways to 115 takeaways/Contract/Injuries

Christian Folin: 25 years-old/Defenseman/Right-handed

91 Games/17 Points
Career Stats: +/- +15/TOI 15:58/Blks 103/Hits 119
2016 Stats: +/- 10/TOI 16:05/Blks 31/Hits 34
Contract: 2 years $1.5M/RFA 2017
Positives: Right-handed/6’4/Speed/Puck movement/Great athlete
Negatives: Healthy scratches/Been demoted to AHL

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Visitor Locker Rooms So Nice Away Team Will Struggle

The psychology behind the set up of the away locker room is one that’s been debated in every sport for a long long time.

From the University of Iowa painting it pink to “have a calming effect” to Wrigley Field’s locker room that’s one fifth the size of a normal locker room to the visitor’s locker room at the new Levi’s Stadium in San Fran being described as “mundane,” everyone’s always trying to gain an edge by where they house their opponents.

Well, The Creator and his team are going at it a bit differently.

The size of T-Mobile Arena’s dressing room facilities for the road team will impress visiting players. In NHL arenas, home teams invariably have a spacious setup that includes everything from the actual dressing room to player lounges and workout rooms. In many venues, however, road locker rooms aren’t much fancier than what you see at a (nice) municipal skating rink. At T-Mobile Arena, the visiting accommodations will rival the setup many home teams currently enjoy. –Dan Marrazza,

Seems a bit curious at first thought, but the tactic has been used before, and successfully.

In the book, “How To Bake an NHL Franchise From Scratch,” Tom Lynn mentioned Doug Risebrough specifically changed the plans to make the away locker room larger.

Doug had planned out where every aspect of the team would exist, from the hot tubs to the toilets to the doors on the coaches’ offices. He changed the original plan to to make the main dressing room for the players smaller – more of a team atmosphere, he said — better if the players had to look each other in the eyes, rather than being far apart. He did the exact opposite for the visiting locker room, to minimize collegiality. – Tom Lynn

**The book is excellent. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the expansion process**

42 of the Wild’s 68 points came at home that season, so maybe it helped a little bit.

Either way, it appears the away locker room at T-Mobile Arena will follow the same principals, looking “to minimize collegiality.

Whether or not it works here, only time will tell. But I can tell you this, if it doesn’t, don’t be surprised if The Creator demands it be shrunk immediately.

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