With Alex Tuch back in the lineup tonight against Vancouver, maybe, just maybe the Golden Knights will start scoring power-play goals. The Golden Knights are just 2 for 24 with the man advantage. That’s not only last in the league in percentage at 8.3% (next closest is Nashville at 9.7%) but it’s also the fewest number of PP goals of any team as well. Not putting any pressure on Tuch, but he kind of needs to be the missing link that completes both PP units.
The Golden Knights had a total 53 power play goals last season, tied with San Jose and Vancouver for 12th best in the league. It was roughly 0.65 power play goals per 60 minutes. In 2018-19, the Golden Knights are on pace for 21 power play goals. Scary drop off right?
The difference with Tuch is the lineup is pretty stark.
Old PP Units
Marchessault, Karlsson, Smith, Pacioretty, Hunt
Haula, Eakin, Hyka, Miller, Theodore
New PP Units
Marchessault, Karlsson, Smith, Tuch, Hunt
Haula, Pacioretty, Hyka, Miller, Theodore
Tuch added ten power play points last season, and with proper ice time, #89’s numbers should improve. Frankly, for the team’s sake they better. Without Tuch, the current fill-ins of Carpenter, Nosek, and Hyka have combined for one career power play point.
2017-18 Vegas Power Play Production
Erik Haula: 19 Points (12 Goals, 7 Assists)
David Perron: 18 Points (1 Goal, 17 Assists)
Colin Miller: 17 Points (5 Goals, 12 Assists)
William Karlsson: 16 Points (8 Goals, 8 Assists)
Jonathan Marchessault 16 Points (6 Goals, 10 Assists)
Reilly Smith: 14 Points (7 Goals, 7 Assists)
Brad Hunt: 12 Points (2 Goals, 10 Assists)
Nate Schmidt: 11 Points (1 Goal, 10 Assists)
Alex Tuch: 10 Points (4 Goals, 6 Assists)
It’ll be interesting to watch how reigning Jack Adams winner Gerard Gallant uses Tuch tonight when the team goes on a power play. The initial plan is to use him on the top line, but the only two goals the Golden Knights have scored have been with Pacioretty on the top unit. How many failed attempts does it take for Gallant to switch it up? Is it one? Two? Ten?
No matter what it is, the options are much more plentiful with Tuch’s return. Hopefully the results are much more bountiful too.