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SinBin.vegas Podcast #231: Win Streak Continues

All eyes are focused on the pair of games with Colorado coming up. We look at the win streak and how things are setting up for those two pivotal games. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • What have we learned from the win streak?
  • Goalie gate is bubbling
  • Experimentation
  • Game plans vs. COL and MIN
  • Cody Glass’ path back

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 SAN JOSE SHARKS 2 (32-11-2 66 PTS) – SO (1-0)

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Recap: It was a historic night at T-Mobile Arena. San Jose forward Patrick Marleau passed hockey legend Gordie Howe’s all-time games played record in front of 3,950 Golden Knights fans.

San Jose got on the board first midway through the period. The Golden Knights were awarded two power play opportunities in the opening twenty minutes but couldn’t convert them into a goal.

The Sharks doubled their lead :29 seconds into the middle period. Mark Stone answered back a minute later with a power play goal to cut the lead in half.

Trailing 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining in the game Stone got to work again. The captain tied the game with his second power play goal of the evening. Robin Lehner was strong down the stretch shutting San Jose down in the final 20 minutes.

The Golden Knights and Sharks went back and forth in overtime but neither team could score the game-winner. Alex Tuch was the only player to score in a shootout and the Golden Knights pulled off a 3-2 victory.

Vegas’ record improves to 32-11-2 after their 3-2 shoutout victory against San Jose. The Golden Knights and Sharks resume their two game set on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for 6:30 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Mark Stone played spoiler on Patrick Marleau’s special night. He single-handedly willed the Golden Knights across the regulation finish line scoring twice on the power play. In OT the Golden Knights continued to be dominant but couldn’t beat Jones. In a shocking twist, Robin Lehner won in shootout stopping all three shots. Fun game. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 (31-11-2 64 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights took control of the game early on when Max Pacioretty deflected in his 22nd goal of the season. Anaheim tied the game 1-1 but Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo regained the lead for Vegas later in the period.

Nic Roy stretched Vegas’ lead to 3-1 with his seventh goal of the year. The Ducks added a second goal to get within one but captain Mark Stone scored a power play goal taking a 4-2 lead into the second intermission.

Alex Tuch sealed the game late with an empty-net goal. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury held the two-goal edge winning his 486th career win.

Vegas’ record improves to 31-11-2 after their 5-2 victory in Anaheim. The Golden Knights head home for the next two games hosting the San Jose Sharks. Tomorrow’s game against San Jose is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights are still a lot better than the Ducks. (Analysis by Ken)


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How Often Do Top 10 Picks See 3rd Season With AHL Appearance?

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As the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and the first player ever drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights, Cody Glass was instantly thrust into the spotlight.

That light got even brighter after the other two first round selections by the Golden Knights were each traded in separate deals netting Vegas Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. Glass was the only one left and with the success the team was having on the ice, he’s long represented the only real blue-chip prospect in the Vegas system.

The Golden Knights were purposely patient with Glass. He played his 20-year-old season in the WHL. Since, he’s spent the majority of time in the NHL, but a pair of recent demotions to the minors leaves his spot on the roster for this playoff run in question. This current trip to the AHL marks the third consecutive season the #6 overall pick has played in the minor leagues, which had me wondering, is this common?

To try and help answer that question, I went through every Top 10 selection from the 10 drafts prior to when Glass was picked. I wanted to see how many players played in the AHL at all, how many have made multiple trips back after reaching the NHL, and how many remained with their original team after a third stint in the AHL.

We’ll start with the likelihood a Top 10 pick plays in the AHL at all. Of the 100 players selected in the Top 10 between 2007 and 2016, 39 went straight to the NHL from their junior, college, or European teams while 61 saw AHL action. Of the 39, 26 of them were selected in the Top 5. So, that means 37 of the 50 players selected from picks #6 to #10 played in the AHL at some point.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ANAHEIM DUCKS 0 (30-11-2 62 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights came out firing the puck in the 1st period. Vegas outshot Anaheim 15-4 in the opening frame but neither team could break through and take the first lead. After the opening twenty minutes the game was locked in a scoreless tie. 

William Karlsson scored off the opening shift of the 2nd period to take the first lead of the game. Chandler Stephenson doubled the lead with his 10th goal of the season. With time winding down in the period Nic Roy flipped in Vegas’ third goal of the game. Robin Lehner held the 3-0 lead, facing only two shots in the period.

Brayden McNabb stretched the lead to 4-0 scoring his second goal of the season. Lehner continued to frustrate the Ducks and finished the game with his first shutout of the year. 

Vegas’ record improves to 30-11-2 after their 4-0 victory in Anaheim. The two teams will face off again on Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled for 1 PM PT (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights are good. The Ducks are very bad. That is really all you need to know about this game. (Analysis by Ken)


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Golden Knights Used To Heating Up Around Trade Deadline

With the acquisition of Mattias Janmark and a few other changes to the starting lineup, Vegas looked like a different team on Wednesday. They were flying all over the ice, creating scoring chances at will, and finished the game with six goals, chasing a multiple Cup-winning goalie.

It’s part of a four-game winning streak and with the schedule set up pretty nicely, it appears like a good time for the Golden Knights to rip off seven or eight in a row.

Sound familiar for this time of the season?

Last year with the team trading for Alec Martinez, Robin Lehner, and Nick Cousins while subtracting Cody Eakin from the lineup the Golden Knights were in the middle of a five-game win streak when the deadline hit. They pushed that to eight and had won 11 of 13 prior to the Pause.

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In 2018-19, right after they added Mark Stone, Vegas stormed off on a six-game winning streak. That streak stopped ever so briefly before they extended it to 10 wins in 11 games

The first year there wasn’t exactly a winning streak like the previous two, but from mid-February to mid-March, wrapped around the deadline, the Golden Knights won nine of 14.

But, despite those little deadline-inspired runs, Vegas is probably hoping for a bit different outcome down the stretch this year than they’ve seen in their first three seasons.

In Year 1 the Golden Knights coasted to the finish line winning just five of their final 10 games. Year 2 saw essentially a collapse as Vegas won just three of the final 10. Then last year, the Golden Knights were winning on the ice, but couldn’t maintain health off it. Pandemic aside, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Chandler Stephenson were all hampered with injuries that could have led to a rough finish to the season had it not been cut short.

The Golden Knights have 14 games remaining in the regular season as they sit four points out of first place with a game in hand. 10 of the 14 are against teams with a sub .500 points percentage and 12 of the 14 against teams with more losses than wins on their season record.

No matter what Colorado does, the schedule is set up very nicely for Vegas to storm into the playoffs on a major hot streak. Usually, teams that do that continue on when they get there.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (29-11-2 58 PTS)

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Recap: Tomas Nosek scored his eighth goal of the season early in the game giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead in Los Angeles. Alex Tuch quickly made a two-goal with his second goal in two games. The Kings got one back but Max Pacioretty bounced a puck in LA’s net to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. 

The two teams matched goals in the 2nd period with Vegas getting one from Chandler Stephenson. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights held a 4-2 advantage. 

The offense didn’t slow down for Vegas. Marl Stone and Alex Pietrangelo pitched in goals to stretch the lead to 6-2. Marc-Andre Fleury was strong in net stopping 20 of 22 shots. 

Vegas’ record improves to 29-11-2 after defeating LA 6-2. Vegas travels south to take on the Anaheim Ducks for the next two games. Friday night’s game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yes! This is what the Golden Knights need to look like. They played incredibly aggressively offensively which included a full complement of four lines with the ability to score. They were attack-oriented all night long and overwhelmed the Kings with their speed and skill. Newcomer Mattias Janmark was terrific and Tomas Jurco’s impact on the fourth line was noticeable. Play like this and Colorado might be in for some trouble.  (Analysis by Ken)


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SinBin.vegas Podcast #230: Mattias Janmark

Following the trade deadline, we chat about the move, the cap, how it changes the roster, and the immediate future. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Addressing the salary cap situation postdeadline
  • Mattias Janmark, where does he fit?
  • Cody Glass’ new situation
  • Not letting up down the stretch
  • “The Chair”

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DeBoer: “There Will Be No Pacing Ourselves Down The Stretch”

28 games in 50 days.

That was what the Golden Knights were staring at back on March 21st, ahead of their first back-to-back with travel of the season. That 50-day span includes six back-to-backs, multiple four-game road trips, and the current stretch of 14 days in which they are scheduled to play an absurd nine games.

When the Golden Knights had to pause their season in the final week of January and into February due to COVID, they knew they were going to have to pay the piper at some point. That point is here and so far, they’re holding up, but not exactly dominating like they were earlier in the year.

The first game in that 28 in 50 stretch was on February 21st against the Kings. The Golden Knights lost that one and have proceeded to lose five more of the 13 they’ve played so far. They’re 7-5-1 to this point, 24 days into the grind. That leaves 15 games in the next 26 days with the Golden Knights sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, still very much in the chase for 1st place, while also trying to stave off a challenger for 2nd.

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Sitting 15 points clear of the playoff cut line with just 15 games to go the Golden Knights could take their foot off the pedal and coast to the finish line by working in off games for players. No one would fault them for it, especially with the fact that the Avalanche have lost just one game in regulation since March 8th.

Pete DeBoer, though, has other plans.

I’m not a big believer in managing anything other than trying to win to give yourself the easiest path possible come playoff time. Obviously home-ice advantage against the lowest seed as you move through, it doesn’t always mean success but we want to pursue that as hard as we can. I think we’ll manage energy by not practicing, by giving them as much time off between games as we can in this condensed schedule, by making sure our travel is well planned and well thought out. -DeBoer

The Golden Knights and Colorado will play two games on April 26th and 28th at T-Mobile Arena. If one team wins both of those games, they’ll probably win the division. Otherwise, it’ll come down to which team plays better against the likes of the rest of the relatively soft West Division.

For Vegas, the focus is simple.

There will be no pacing ourselves down the stretch for the playoffs. Our goal is to finish first. -DeBoer

It’ll be fairly significant if they pull it off. If they don’t though, second-guessing is inevitable.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (28-11-2 58 PTS)

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Recap: Vegas got off to a slow start in their second game of a back-to-back. The Kings struck first taking a 1-0 lead 9:41 into the game. The Golden Knights had a few chances late in the period but couldn’t take advantage. 

The King’s took a two goal lead midway through the 2nd period. However, the Golden Knights made a strong push to tie the game 2-2. Nic Roy scored Vegas’ first goal with a nifty flip past LA’s goaltender. Captain Mark Stone tied the game with a shorthanded goal before the period expired. 

Vegas continued to pressure LA in the 3rd period and eventually took the lead on Alex Tuch’s 14th of the season. The Golden Knights were awarded a 3rd period power play and Max Pacioretty recorded his 300th career NHL goal. Pacioretty’s goal was the fourth straight from Vegas. 

Vegas’ record improves to 28-11-2 after defeating LA 4-2. The two teams will square off again on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for 7PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It wasn’t pretty for 40 minutes as the Golden Knights somewhat sleepwalked through the first two periods, but a horrific power play by the Kings turned the tide for Vegas. They tied the game and then woke up in time to completely dominate the Kings in the final 20 minutes. (Analysis by Ken)


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