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Goalie Interference – Season 2 Episode 9 – November 30, 2022

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Goalie Interference – Season 2 Episode 8 – November 22, 2022

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Injury Talk w/ Dr. Pinegar Twitter Space – November 18th, 2022

Dr. Pinegar from Crovetti Othopaedics joins Ken to chat about the current state of VGK injuries. We talk about the most important thing so far, avoiding injuries, and then delve into Nic Roy’s tweak and Brossoit and Lehner’s hips. Then, we help a couple locals with their own injuries.

If you are suffering from an injury, please visit CrovettiOrtho.com and request an appointment.

To listen to the entire conversation, the recording on Twitter is below.

Dissecting VGK’s Underperforming Penalty Kill System

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One of the few sore spots for the Golden Knights to this point in the season has been their penalty kill. Operating at just 75% efficiency, the Vegas kill has allowed 10 goals and some important ones.

Similar to the defensive structure, a system overhaul was put in place this season on the penalty kill with assistant coach John Stevens taking the reins.

The Golden Knights play a much more passive system than they had been deploying under Pete DeBoer. It’s also multiple, meaning it doesn’t look the same against every single opponent.

In DeBoer’s highly aggressive system, the Golden Knights would take away the pass across the blue line in an effort to contain the puck to one side of the ice. Then, they’d use angles and stick position to find numbers advantages in order to take away the puck. In the new system, there’s a set plan in place, but it can change from game to game. Head coach Bruce Cassidy gave a pair of examples from recent games.

When there’s a true elbow shooter like (Tage) Thompson in Buffalo we would rather avoid that one. They ended up getting the shot they wanted and scored. When Toronto was here with (Auston) Matthews and (Mitch) Marner on the elbows, we would rather give (Morgan) Rielly the shot from the middle and deal with the screen and tip in front. -Cassidy

When they identify a particular strength of the team, they look to alter the system slightly in order to take away that option. Regularly though, the plan is to make sure the shots come from outside of the faceoff dots.

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Goalie Interference – Season 2 Episode 7 – November 16, 2022

The winning streak is over and we’re discussing some of the issues in the recent games. From slot battles to penalty kill to offense generation we dive into what was going right and recently isn’t. And, how much of any of it is a blip on the radar or a real concern moving forward?

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (14-4-0 28 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to snap their two-game losing streak against the Central Division’s Arizona Coyotes. Vegas had two power play opportunities, but Arizona fought them off and kept the game scoreless through 20 minutes.

The Coyotes continued to frustrate the Golden Knights in the middle frame however they kept committing penalties. Alex Pietrangelo took advantage of the 5-on-4 and gave Vegas the opening lead of the game. After 40 minutes the home team was ahead 1-0.

William Carrier doubled Vegas’ lead :31 second into the 3rd period. The depth winger scored his 4th goal of the season to give VGK a 2-0 advantage. Mark Stone stretched Vegas’ lead to 3-0, picking up his sixth goal of the season. Arizona would break the shutout with a 3rd period goal of their own but Reilly Smith regained Vegas’ three goal lead.

The Golden Knights record improves to 14-4-0 defeating the Coyotes 4-1. Vegas will hit the road to play the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop in Edmonton is scheduled for 7P PT on Saturday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It wasn’t the prettiest game for the Golden Knights but they definitely played well enough to get across the line against a terrible team. It took a few individual efforts, solid goaltending, and decent in-zone defense to get it done. Nothing to be too excited about but take the points. (Recap by Ken)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Nic Roy
** William Carrier
* Alex Pietrangelo

SAN JOSE SHARKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (13-4-0 26 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to start a new winning streak hosting division rival San Jose Sharks. The opening 20 minutes were full of missed opportunities up until the final four seconds of the 1st period. Center Jack Eichel ripped home a one-time pass giving the Golden Knights a late advantage. 

The Sharks evens the score early in the 2nd period but the Golden Knights took advantage of another late opportunity. With under five minutes left in the middle frame, Jonathan Marchessault broke the tie registering his 7th goal of the season. The home team carried a 2-1 advantage into the 2nd intermission. 

San Jose immediately answered and tied the game in the opening minutes of the 3rd frame. Vegas had several chances including two power plays but couldn’t find the back of the net. Late in the game, the Sharks snapped the tie and added two empty net goals for a 5-2 road victory. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 13-4-0 falling to the Sharks 5-2. Vegas will have another chance to begin a winning streak on Thursday night against Arizona. Puck drop against the Coyotes is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights started the game well, especially defensively completely shutting down anything and everything the Sharks were trying to do. But as the game wore on San Jose gained more and more footing with the forecheck and it led to a few breakdowns in front of the Golden Knights’ goal. Couple that with a lack of danger at even strength and a power play that couldn’t get going, and it’s the first 3rd period blown lead of the year. (Recap by Ken)

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #284: Jason’s Extra Garment

We’re back in the studio chatting about the perfect road trip and subsequent defeat to St. Louis. Our eyes are very much focused on the future though. How replicable is each aspect of VGK’s game? Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • 13-3-0
  • Different ways to win vs team identity
  • Systematic 2nd period problems
  • Goalie talk
  • Ken’s World Cup trip
  • Jason’s big change

And much more…

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The Middle Frame Has Given The Golden Knights Troubles

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Through 16 games, the Golden Knights have been one of the most consistent teams in the NHL. They’ve won 13, they’ve been the better team in almost all of them, they’ve yet to be shutout, haven’t allowed more than four in a game, and all three of the losses have been by a single goal.

Quite frankly, there’s not much more you can ask for out of a start to the season from a results perspective.

Inside of games, however, the Golden Knights haven’t been quite as steady. They’ve been the best 1st period team in the league scoring 21 (most in NHL) and allowing just eight (T-3rd in NHL). They’ve also been excellent in 3rd periods netting 21 (6th in NHL) while allowing 14 (T-6th in NHL). The middle frame hasn’t been as kind to Vegas though, and it’s potentially a reason for concern moving forward.

The overall goal numbers aren’t terrible. 14 goals for (T-20th in NHL), 15 goals against (T-11th in NHL). It’s the chance numbers that jump off the page.

On the five-game road trip in which the Golden Knights won all five games, they allowed 14 high-danger chances in both the 1st and 3rd while allowing 29 in the 2nd period.

Then, in the first game home, the trend continued. Vegas allowed just one high-danger chance in the 1st and didn’t allow a single one in the 3rd, but, they allowed seven in the 2nd, a period that ultimately cost them a chance to match the franchise’s longest winning streak ever.

Scoring chances, Corsi, expected goals, you name the stat, they are all far worse in the 2nd than the 1st and 3rd for the Golden Knights.

The question is, why?

Head coach Bruce Cassidy has a pretty strong theory on it.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (13-3-0 26 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were back home for the first time since late October riding a nine-game win streak. Vegas welcomed the struggling St. Louis Blues for their first meeting of the 2022-23 season. The Blues took the first lead of game, but Reilly Smith evened the score with a shorthanded goal 59 seconds later. After the opening 20 minutes, the game was locked in a 1-1 tie.

Phil Kessel gave Vegas the 2-1 lead 2:43 into the 2nd period but St. Louis fought back. The Blues tied and took the lead within a :46 span taking a 3-2 advantage into the 2nd intermission.

The game tightened up in the final period as the Golden Knights had to kill two penalties in the opening two minutes. The Golden Knights had several opportunities to match the score but eventually fell 3-2.

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 13-3-0 snapping their nine-game win streak. Vegas will rest up and prepare for a divisional matchup against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Puck drop against the Sharks is scheduled for 7 PM at T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It just took too long for the Golden Knights to get going offensively in this game. That in addition to the fact that the 2nd period was an uphill battle for a full 20 minutes. Adin Hill was good for most of the game but a miscommunication led to a crucial goal. Can’t win them all, and this is one of the rare instances where the Golden Knights didn’t deserve one. (Recap by Ken)

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