Last season it took the Golden Knights 268 goals to win the Pacific Division title. Vegas finished fifth in the NHL behind Tampa (290), Winnipeg (273), Pittsburgh (270) and Toronto (270). The league average for goals scored was (244), 24 short of the Golden Knights’ output. San Jose (247) was the only other Pacific Division team to score more than the league average.
Clearly, the Golden Knights produced enough offense last season to win their division going away. Vegas was only five tallies behind Winnipeg, the Western Conference leader, and we all know how that ended up. Vegas, Tampa, and Winnipeg were in the top five in regular season scoring and all appeared in the conference finals.
Here’s how the rest of the Pacific Division teams fared in 2017-18.
231 Goals (19th)
2.82 Goals For Per Game
220 Goals Scored in 2016-17
2017-18 (+11 Goals)
206 Goals (30th)
2.51 Goals For Per Game
191 Goals Scored in 2016-17
2017-18 (+15 Goals)
216 Goals (27th)
2.63 Goals For Per Game
222 Goals Scored in 2016–17
2017-18 (-6 Goals)
229 Goals (20th)
2.79 Goals For Per Game
243 Goals Scored in 2016-17
2017-18 (-14 Goals)
237 Goals (16th)
2.89 Goals For Per Game
199 Goals Scored in 2016-17
247 Goals (13th)
3.01 Goals For Per Game
219 Goals Scored in 2016-17
2017-18 (+28 Goals)
218 Goals (26th)
2.66 Goals For Per Game
178 Goals Scored in 2016-17
2017-18 (+40 Goals)
268 Goals (5th)
3.27 Goals For Per Game (5th)
Overall, Pacific teams scored the second least amount with 1,852 scored goals, but that’s only because the Central is one team short. The divisional average per team was the lowest in the league by a bit of a margin.
Pacific Division Combined Goals
1,852 Combined Pacific Team Goals
231.5 Goal Average Per Team
Central Division Combined Goals
1,721 Combined Central Team Goals
245 Total Goal Average Per Team
Metropolitan Division Combined Goals
1,968 Combined Metro Team Goals
246 Total Goal Average Per Team
Atlantic Division Combined Goals
1,908 Combined Atlantic Team Goals
238.5 Total Goal Average Per Team
Can Vegas repeat their high scoring tempo from 2017-18? Beats me. Offensively, the Golden Knights look different, and 268 scored goals is a high number to replicate. However, if Vegas can saddle around league average they should return to the postseason. Only two teams to score more than 244 goals were eliminated from playoff contention.
To follow up their inaugural season’s success, the Golden Knights will have to score to win. Duh. But to score, Vegas will have to ‘take it one shift at a time’, ‘get the puck to the net’, ‘play for sixty minutes’, and ‘keep it simple’.
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