In their first two games of the 2019-2020 season, the Golden Knights have scored three goals in the opening ten minutes. It was a point of emphasis for the opponent after the opening night matchup against San Jose.
The key in this building is getting through the first ten minutes. And we didn’t do that.-Pete DeBoer, Sharks Head Coach
It’s not just this season, it dates back to the inaugural 2017-18 campaign. Under Gerard Gallant, the Golden Knights have a track record of taking quick control of the game, especially against the Sharks. Just look at how Vegas handles San Jose at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights have a clear advantage in the opening ten minutes.
11/24/17: VGK 5 SJ 4
Shea Theodore Goal At 2:33 1st Period
James Neal Goal At 11:16 1st Period
3/31/18: VGK 3 SJ 2
Shea Theodore Goal At 2:21 1st Period
4/26/18: Game 1- VGK 7 SJ 0
Cody Eakin Goal At 4:31 1st Period
Erik Haula Goal At 4:57 1st Period
Jon Marchessault Goal At 6:02 1st Period
Alex Tuch Goal At 11:43 1st Period
11/24/18: VGK 6 SJ 0
William Karlsson Goal At 0:14 1st Period
Colin Miller Goal At 4:40 1st Period
Max Pacioretty Goal At 9:29 1st Period
01/10/19: SJ 3 VGK 2
Tomas Nosek Goal At 1:34 1st Period
04/14/19: Game 3- VGK 6 SJ 3
Mark Stone Goal At 0:14 1st Period
Max Pacioretty Goal At 12:43 1st Period
04/16/19: Game 4- VGK 5 SJ 0
Max Pacioretty Goal At 1:11 1st Period
10/02/19: VGK 4 SJ 1
Mark Stone Goal At 3:46 1st Period
Reilly Smith Goal At 5:21 1st Period
VGK/SJ History Totals:
VGK is 7-1-0 against San Jose when they score in the opening 10 minutes of a game
VGK scored 16 Goals against San Jose in the opening 13 minutes
VGK scored two or more goals in 5 separate games
Is it as simple as having a ‘race out of the gate’ mentality? Or is it the atmosphere at the T-Mobile Arena?
I think it’s a little bit of both. -Marc Andre Fleury
And nobody benefits more from the quick starts than the goalie.
I guess it’s a good thing, right? I can’t complain. It’s good to be on the good side of it. Also the fans are always awesome. Always very loud, anytime we do something, score, it gets very loud. -Fleury
Are there any other possibilities that contribute to VGK’s early game success? I mean, anything?
Vegas is a little high in altitude. Not as high as Colorado but you feel it in the first period. I think we have a little edge practicing here everyday. -Fleury
Yep, that’s right. It’s the return of Nate Schmidt’s wacky elevation theory. Here’s an excerpt from one of Ken’s articles in 2018.
I don’t know, maybe altitude change? -Nate Schmidt, 2018
He was joking (sort of) about how the training facility at Downtown Summerlin is 1,000 feet higher elevation than T-Mobile Arena. -SinBin.vegas
These two should host a TV science show like Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye.
Oh and don’t you worry our made-up team of scientists will be out to prove or debunk the Schmidt-Fleury theory once and for all.