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ST. LOUIS BLUES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (42-28-6 90 PTS)

The game began with physical and aggressive play from both teams. Each club had great chances taken away by the goal posts. The game remained scoreless for most of the 1st period but with 1:19 left in the period goaltender Malcolm Subban made a costly mistake in front of his net. Blues forward Ivan Barbashev jumped on the loose puck and slipped one by Subban. After the opening twenty minutes Vegas trailed 1-0 in St. Louis.

The 2nd period was like the first with both goaltenders making key saves to keep their teams in the game. William Karlsson tied the game on a power play with his 23rd goal of the season. The Golden Knights couldn’t hold on to the tie for long as the Blues scored a second late period goal. Ryan O’Reilly shot one past Subban for the 2-1 St. Louis lead.

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington continued to make big stops in the third robbing the Golden Knights of a second goal. St. Louis would add another goal 6:27 into the period giving the Blues a 3-1 edge. Late in the period Vegas made a strong push but again they hit another post which would’ve made it a one goal game. Vegas would pull Subban with a little over a minute left in the game but the Golden Knights offense got shut out. St. Louis won 3-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-28-6 and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with six games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Wednesday night as Vegas will finish their brief road trip in Colorado. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center.

  • The perfect 4th line

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Carrier
** Deryk Engelland
* William Karlsson

SinBin Radio – CBS Sports Radio 1140 – 03/23/19

Is it possible for a team to be too hot heading into the playoffs? Also, what would the perfect lineup look like for the Golden Knights?

You can listen to our show every Saturday from 10-11am on 1140 AM or streaming live on the Radio.com app. All shows will be archived as well.

DETROIT RED WINGS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (42-27-6 90 PTS)

It took Vegas seven minutes before they took a shot on net last night against Detroit. By that point the Red Wings had six shots on net and one past goaltender Malcolm Subban.

Three minutes into the game Detroit took the early 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights warmed up towards the back end of the period totaling nine shots against Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard. The game remained a one goal game after the opening twenty minutes.

The 2nd period was not much better than the first. The Golden Knights dull play continued for much of the period as their offense was again struggling to create chances. Vegas would finally get on the board at the 14:43 mark in the 2nd period on Cody Eakin’s 20th goal of the season. Eakin buried home a juicy rebound left in the crease by Detroit’s Howard. The game was tied 1-1 after forty minutes.

Subban was strong between the pipes in the 3rd period, stuffing every opportunity from Detroit. With 10 minutes left to play the Golden Knights were forced to go on the penalty kill in a 1-1 game. Star killer Reilly Smith disrupted an errant pass leading to a breakaway. Smith gave Vegas the 2-1 lead on his 4th shorthanded goal of the season. Detroit added a PP goal a minute later to even the score once again. The game would need an overtime period to decide a winner. The Red Wings would only need :19 seconds to win as Anthony Mantha scored the game winner on Subban.

The Golden Knights improve their record to (43-27-6) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with seven games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Monday in St Louis. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 5PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Detroit Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena.

  • *What are the Golden Knights best at? (This story is canceled. My recorder broke and I lost about 4 interviews I was going to use for it. Oh well, we’ll talk about it on the next podcast.)
  • Carp’s Sunday column on the importance of rest prior to the playoffs

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Malcolm Subban
** Ryan Carpenter, I guess
* Cody Eakin

Golden Knights Interested In Swedish Scoring Forward

According to a Swedish report, the Vegas Golden Knights are in the running to sign 24-year-old forward Mathias Brome when his season ends in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Brome is a left-handed winger (6’0″, 183) who has scored 15 goals and tallied 38 points in 52 games with Mora IK. Those 52 points rank him 18th in the league in scoring.

He’s been described as a strong two-way player that has good skating ability and great instincts. Brome is a late bloomer who did not garner much interest from the NHL as a teenager or even in his early 20s. However, his game improved since his team in Sweden was promoted to the SHL two seasons ago.

That team may end up finding itself relegated, so Brome will likely be on the move either to North America or to another team in the SHL.

His contract in Sweden ends at the conclusion of the SHL season in early May which means if George McPhee is indeed interested he would be an early summer signing.

Brome would probably not project to make the Golden Knights roster next season, but as a late-blooming 25-year-old who has yet to try his hand in North America, he’s certainly worth the flier.

How The Golden Knights Can Clinch By Sunday

The Golden Knights clinched last year on March 26th. They can actually do it sooner this year.

Having won 10 of the past 11 games the Golden Knights have soared well above the playoff cut line and it’s only a matter of time until it becomes official that Vegas is heading to the postseason.

But, like everything in sports, nothing is a sure thing until it’s actually a sure thing. It can become a sure thing soon though, as soon as Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Knights currently have 89 points with eight games left to play. The first team out of the playoff picture is Arizona with 78 points, also with eight to go.

Thus, the easiest way for the Golden Knights to lock in their place is to eliminate the Coyotes. Using our “Points to Elimination” tool, it takes six points to do so (and only five VGK clinches the tiebreaker).

Arizona plays at New Jersey tomorrow and at the New York Islanders on Sunday. Vegas hosts Detroit tomorrow. If the Golden Knights win in regulation or overtime, and Arizona records only one point in those two games, Vegas will clinch.

If Arizona records two or more points, the Golden Knights still have a chance to clinch.

The attention would then turn to the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and Chicago Blackhawks. With a Vegas win tomorrow, the Golden Knights would need just one more point to eliminate Chicago and three to eliminate Minnesota and Colorado.

The Wild have a back-to-back in Washington and Carolina tonight and tomorrow while Chicago and Colorado have a home-and-home back-to-back against each other Saturday and Sunday.

So, if Vegas wins tomorrow, they would need Minnesota to record one or zero points in their two games, and Chicago and Colorado would have to split (with Colorado’s loss coming in regulation).

VGK win + ARI loss to NJD + ARI loss to NYI

OR

VGK win + MIN loss to WSH + MIN loss to CAR + COL/CHI Split 2 Games

If any piece of both of those scenarios falls short, the next Golden Knights attention will turn to Monday in St. Louis.

It could happen Sunday, it could not, but either way, it’s happening soon. Once that’s locked up, the focus is going to start to shift towards San Jose, who as of this article are five points ahead of Vegas with eight to go. It’s a tall task, but if the Golden Knights can knock off the Sharks again on the 30th, things could get very interesting that final week.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 WINNIPEG JETS 0 (42-27-5 89 PTS)

The game couldn’t have started any faster for the Jets and the Golden Knights. On the first shift of the game Mark Stone laid a hit on Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler which the Jets captain didn’t appreciate. The 6’5 Wheeler and the 6’4 Stone slugged it out in a good old fashioned heavyweight bout. Both players were given five-minute major penalties for fighting.

After tempers settled down William Karlsson and Reilly Smith took over. Karlsson scored his 21st goal of the season 1:24 into the game, and Smith added his 16th seven minutes later. The 1st period was a big success for Vegas but unfortunately, Max Pacioretty left the game late in the period with an apparent injury.

The Golden Knights would have to start the 2nd period down a man as Pacioretty wouldn’t come back. Vegas would be forced to kill multiple penalties in the second frame but it didn’t impact their offense. Tomas Nosek nabbed his 8th goal of the year on shorthanded shot just under the crossbar. Smith and Karlsson would join the party again and both added 2nd period goals :24 seconds apart. After forty minutes in the books the Golden Knights controlled the game 5-0.

In the third Malcolm Subban continued to turn away every chance the Jets had.

In the third Malcolm Subban continued to turn away every chance the Jets had. Overall the goalie had 20 saves for his third consecutive victory. Subban and his teammates smoked the Jets 5-0 and his first career shutout.

The Golden Knights improve their record to (42-27-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s 3rd place position, with eight games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Saturday as Vegas will host the Detroit Red Wings. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena.

  • What are the Golden Knights best at? (This story is coming eventually)
  • Hopefully a Max Pacioretty update

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Reilly Smith
* Malcolm Subban

 

SinBin.vegas Podcast #148: Confidence Is High

Coming off a dominant victory over the Sharks, we couldn’t help but to start looking forward to the playoffs. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Is this the most confident we’ve ever been about the Golden Knights?
  • How this year’s top six is like last years.
  • What could go wrong that could sink VGK?
  • Ordering chicken at a steak place

And much more…

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Malcolm Subban Gets A Lot Better As Games Go On

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Life as a backup goalie isn’t particularly easy, especially when you are sitting behind a potential Vezina candidate with a head coach and goalie coach that seem to want to ride the starter at every pass. It might be an excuse, but I think it’s because of this that Malcolm Subban has become the brunt of a lot of criticism this year.

He’s started 13 games and the Golden Knights are 6-7-0 in them. He’s allowed 42 goals, good for a .901 save percentage and 3.11 goals per game. He’s also yet to record a shutout and his road record is a nightmarish 2-7-0.

But, when we dig deeper into the stats we find a major trend that could explain his inconsistent numbers. As the backup, Subban has only started games within a week of each other twice, including last night. In those four, he’s a stellar 3-1-0 with a .920 save percentage and just 2.50 goals per game.

Going even further, we see that Subban normally takes a bit to get comfortable in the goal. In his 14 starts, he’s allowed 21 goals in the 1st period, while just 12 in the 2nd, and only 9 in the 3rd. For comparison sake, Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 in the 1st, 59 in the 2nd, and 53 in the 3rd.

Thus, he allows 50% of the goals he gives up in the 1st period. That leaves 24% in the 2nd and 21% in the 3rd. Amazingly, Subban has not allowed multiple goals in a 3rd period any time this season, he’s done it six times in the 1st and three times in the 2nd.

Also, the first goal has been allowed in the 1st period in 10 of his 13 starts including five straight.

The question remains if this is due to “rust” or not. We’ll probably never have the answer to that, but a trend is a trend and the Golden Knights need to be aware of it. It might be smart to play like they are protecting a lead in the 1st with Subban in the net rather than playing as if it’s tied. Once he works his way into the game, then unleash the offense.

All in all, the irrational concern over the Golden Knights backup goalie is unfounded for the most part. Is Malcolm Subban the best backup goalie in the NHL, no, he is not. But he’s certainly not the worst either… well, except for the first 20 minutes of the game.


Opponent – Time of First Goal – Goals By Period

at PIT – 8:30 1st / 1-3-0
at NSH – 11:27 2nd / 0-2-1
at BOS -2:54 1st – 2-1-1
at CGY – 2:36 1st – 5-2-0
at CBJ – 0:40 3rd – 0-0-1
at LAK – 19:55 1st – 1-0-0
vs NJD – 5:06 1st – 2-0-0
vs NSH – 4:17 3rd – 0-0-1
at COL – 6:36 1st – 1-1-1
vs FLA – 14:34 1st – 3-1-1-0 (0)
at CGY – 2:40 1st – 3-1-1
vs EDM – 13:14 1st – 1-1-1
at SJS – 0:30 1st – 2-0-1

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 SAN JOSE SHARKS 3 (41-27-5 87 PTS)

It was a wild first period in San Jose. The Sharks needed only :30 seconds to score their first goal, but the barnburner was just beginning. William Karlsson would earn his 20th goal of the season three minutes later to tie the game 1-1.

Mark Stone would give Vegas the lead 2-1 on his third goal as a Golden Knight and his second in back-to-back nights. Stone’s goal was the Golden Knights first PP goal in four games. The lead wouldn’t last long as 39-year-old Joe Thornton tied the game on a high zone shot. However, Vegas would get the last goal of the period on Jonathan Marchessault’s 23rd. After an exciting opening twenty minutes VGK held the 3-2 edge.

It was a penalty filled second period, as both teams had multiple man-advantages. It took a while but Vegas would score their second PP goal of the night doubling up the Sharks 4-2. Paul Stastny nabbed his tenth goal of the season and his fifth points in the last five games. After a chippy two periods, the Golden Knights held a two-goal lead.

You would’ve thought that the Harlem Globetrotters took the ice for Vegas to start the third period. Reilly Smith created a turnover in the Sharks zone and began a combination of beautiful passes setting up for the Golden Knights fifth goal of the game. Smith played back and fourth with Karlsson to create a commanding 5-2 lead. San Jose’s Logan Couture added his second to get the Sharks within two. Marchessault and Cody Eakin would add two more late goals to blow out their Pacific rivals. The game ended in a lopsided 7-3 contest won by the Golden Knights.

Vegas improves their record to (41-27-5) and remain in the Pacific Division’s third place position, with nine games left to play. The team will get back on the ice Thursday as Vegas will host the Winnipeg Jets. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7PM (Recap by Jason)


Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

  • What are the Golden Knights best at?
  • Subban gets better as the games go on.

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Reilly Smith

Timeout vs. Challenge; Gallant Prefers The Latter

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To begin all NHL games both teams are awarded one timeout. They can use it at any time during the game except after an icing. Most coaches use it to set up a play late in a game or to give the top power-play unit a rest if they’ve been on the ice for a while and the coach wants to keep them out there.

However, there’s one other use for the timeout and it’s a big one. In the event a team wants to challenge a play for goalie interference, they must risk their timeout. If you don’t have your timeout, you can’t request a challenge.

Thus, holding on to that one timeout can be crucial, especially in a game in which a team is leading.

That’s why I don’t use it a lot. I want to really save it because if goals are scored on an interference you really want to save it. If I think we need it because our defensemen on the ice are exhausted and Gilly (defense coach Ryan McGill) wants to keep them out there then I’ll use it but it’s tough because you’d hate to see a tying goal go in when there’s a goalie interference that you might be able to challenge (and you don’t have the timeout). -Gerard Gallant

The purpose of the timeout in hockey has essentially changed.

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