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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 MINNESOTA WILD 2 (8-6-0 16 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights got off to great start getting help from two rookies. Forwards Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg each scored their first NHL goals to give Vegas a 2-0 1st period lead.

Jonathan Marchessault stretched the Golden Knights advantage to 3-0 late in the middle frame for his seventh goal of the season.

The Wild made a run in the final period scoring two to get within one. Laurent Brossoit stood tall in net down the stretch to preserve a 3-2 victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to 8-6-0 winning their second game in a row. Vegas’ prepared for their next opponent on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop at The Fortress is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas continued their string of strong defensive play early in this game and were aided by a pair of career-first goals from Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg. They stretched the lead to three, which apparently is not a great lead to have in T-Mobile Arena this year. Luckily, the PK was great, Brossoit was even better, and they hung on in what was a “gutsy” win. (Recap by Ken)


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Jack Eichel Downplays Idea Of Participating In Olympics

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Since the news of the blockbuster trade, everyone in Vegas is sitting on pins and needles waiting for the return, and debut, of Jack Eichel in a Golden Knights jersey.

With surgery scheduled for tomorrow in Colorado, Eichel’s timeline is expected to be around three months which would have him looking at a return to play sometime in February.

This year, however, the NHL’s February schedule is unique. The Golden Knights do not have a game between February 1st and the 25th. That’s due to the league taking a break for the All Star Game (which is in Las Vegas) and the Olympics.

Eichel is one of the best American-born players in the world and would be a shoo-in for Team USA if he were available to play. He has expressed interest in the past, but obviously, the injury throws a wrench in the works.

As recently as a few days before the trade, Eichel said in an interview with ESPN that it is a goal of his to make it back and play in the Olympics. Since the trade though, it seems to be a bit more of a longshot.

I would love to be there, I would love to represent our country. The organization in Vegas just made a commitment to me and I want to make that same commitment back, so I’m not going to rush anything. –Eichel on Spittin Chiclets

He reiterated that when being interviewed during the Golden Knights/Kraken game on ESPN.

Representing my country is something that I take great pride in. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity at some point, who knows? I just want to keep things short term at this point and take care of my health, get back to 100%. -Eichel on ESPN

This all must sound pretty good from a Golden Knights perspective. The last thing Vegas wants to see is Eichel playing in a different uniform and suffer another injury that would keep him off the ice any longer.

The Olympics will likely be littered with Golden Knights players, but it appears the newest one will not be among them.

Goalie Interference – Episode 5

The Golden Knights have won 6 of 8 and are starting to play much better. We chat about the reasons for the improvement, if it’ll last, how often Lehner needs a break, make predictions about the upcoming games, and more. As always, the show airs live at 7 PM every Wednesday (or Thursday when VGK play on Wednesday).

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Eight Straight Strong Periods Giving Belief The Systems Are Starting To Sink In

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After starting 1-4-0 to begin the season, the Golden Knights have ripped off six wins in their last eight. While the wins are crucial as key players remain out of the lineup due to injury, the way the Golden Knights have been playing has been just as important.

For the first time all season, last night Vegas put together a complete effort on both ends of the ice, allowing the fewest Grade A chances of the season while also generating enough in the offensive zone to sneak out four goals and overcome two deficits.

The game against the Kraken is another step in the right direction off what may have been their next best game of the year, ironically a 5-2 loss in Detroit. Vegas defended much better in that game as well but were bit by the penalty bug and an effective Red Wings power play. Before that, the final two periods in Montreal were as strong as we’ve seen from the Golden Knights this season.

We changed a few things in our system this year and that’s going to take time to adjust and I think now we’re starting to see it become second nature for us. You’re starting to see what we want to do throughout games with those systems. -Alex Pietrangelo

Whether fully healthy or not, the Golden Knights will go as far as their defensemen. Vegas’ offense is built through generating chances off the rush, often started or joined by a defenseman, and in-zone play that relies on shots from the point and activations from the blue line to keep plays alive.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 SEATTLE KRAKEN 2 (7-6-0 14 PTS)

Recap:  The Golden Knights fell behind early when the Seattle Kraken scored on their first power play of the game. Alex Pietrangelo tied the game off a point shot under :30 left in the opening period. After 20 minutes the game was knotted up 1-1.

Both offenses were quiet for 19 minutes of the middle frame when the scoring picked up. Seattle took the lead :31 seconds remaining but Vegas came back and tied the game :15 seconds later.

Shea Theodore broke the tie immediately to start the 3rd period for the Goldren Knights. Less than a minute later Reilly Smith scored Vegas’ first home power play goal of the young season. Seattle pulled their goaltender with close to three minutes left but Robin Lehner stood tall and preserved a 4-2 victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to 7-6-0, taking the first game of their six game homestand. Vegas’ next welcomes the Minnesota Wild on Thursday for their first meeting of the season. Puck drop at The Fortress is scheduled for 7P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: In what will go down as their best defensive effort of the season, the Golden Knights weren’t exactly lighting the world on fire offensively. However, they did well enough to get constant traffic in front of the net which led to a couple soft goals from Chris Driedger. All in all, that’s a game the Golden Knights needed to win, they fell behind twice, but were able to grab the two points. (Recap by Ken)


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SinBin.vegas Podcast #252: Blazing A New Trail

Following the Eichel trade, we talk about the new path the Golden Knights have decided to take, the pressure on them this year and next, and look into how they are playing currently. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Playing the LTIR game
  • Building a top-heavy team, but differently
  • The story of going from Expansion team and the Final to this
  • Fun, or lack there of
  • Judging the coach through this 12 game start

And much more…

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Golden Knights Shining With Own Net Empty

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Throughout the course of this season the Golden Knights have been in survival mode. Whether the reasons have been self-inflicted or not, this version of the Golden Knights hasn’t looked anything like the ones we’ve grown accustomed to watching in the past.

Often times we hear coaches talk about the process over the results. Basically saying that over a long season it’s more important how a team is playing than whether or not they get a win on any given night. This season, the process for the Golden Knights hasn’t been great. They’re allowing far too many chances, the power play is pushing historically bad levels, and they aren’t finishing the opportunities to the same degree they are capable of. The results have been ok, but everyone’s aware they could be much worse.

There is one place where the process has been stellar, if not elite. It’s when the Golden Knights have trailed late in a game and have been forced to remove their goalie to push for the comeback goal.

Vegas has spent 11:40 with their net empty this year which has resulted in just one goal for and three against. Not exactly the results a team is looking for with the goalie pulled, but not terrible. However, the process has been excellent, and there was no better display of it than last night.

Trailing by two, Pete DeBoer opted to pull Laurent Brossoit from the goal with 4:08 left in the final period. At that moment, Vegas had Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Nic Roy, Reilly Smith, Chandler Stephenson, and Jonathan Marchessault on the ice.  With the help of a timeout 68 seconds in, all six of those players put in more than three minutes of ice time in the final four, and Pietrangelo and Theodore were on the ice for a three minute and 47 second long shift.

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Iole: Draft Has Allowed VGK To Acquire Superstars, Now It Needs To Solidify Depth

This season, diehard VGK fan and legendary combat sports columnist Kevin Iole will be delivering columns a few times a month on Sundays. Today, Kevin wants the focus to shift off Jack Eichel, and on to another, cheaper center.

Drafting well is the best way to build a contender in the NHL and it’s the best way to remain one. Teams can’t build a championship team exclusively through free agency, though it is a tool. And teams aren’t going to trade their way to a title either, though, again, it’s a tool.

The Golden Knights have been outstanding traders, and their free agent moves have worked.

But it’s all been buoyed by a trait that is far underappreciated: Their ability to draft and develop well.

And yes, I’m serious.

Let’s look at it: Were it not for a smart draft pick in 2017, there’d be no Max Pacioretty. The Knights were able to land the prolific goal-scorer they needed on their first line because they did exceptionally well to draft Nick Suzuki at No. 13 in 2017.

There’s no Mark Stone without a few picks later the selection of Erik Brannstrom. He hasn’t turned out to be the player either the VGK or the Ottawa Senators thought he’d be yet, but he’s only 22 and players develop differently than others. In a draft that produced Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar at Nos. 3 & 4, plenty of teams felt the VGK got a steal grabbing Brannstrom at 15.

The Eichel Watch wouldn’t have ended in the VGK’s favor on Thursday were it not for the shrewd pick of Peyton Krebs, who dropped from No. 10 on the final ranking of North American skaters to the 17th overall choice because he was injured at the time.

Obviously, Alex Tuch was the key component in the deal that sent Jack Eichel and his injury neck to the Golden Knights, but ever since word leaked out that the Knights were interested, the word was that there was no deal if Krebs wasn’t involved.

In the end, the Knights sent Tuch, Krebs, a Top 10-protected 2022 first-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick to Buffalo for Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick.

Now that the deal is done, there will probably be further casualties when — if — all are healthy to get the team salary cap compliant. Fairly and accurately grading this deal will take years.

But if the Knights don’t win the Stanley Cup with Eichel on the team during the term of his $10 million a year contract, then even if he turns into the next Connor McDavid, the deal will be a bust of epic proportions.

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DETROIT RED WINGS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (6-6-0 12 PTS)

Recap:  The Golden Knights traveled to Motor City for a matchup with the Red Wings. Vegas’ Nic Roy opened the scoring a few minutes into the game with his second goal of the season. However, Vegas would take a couple of costly penalties allowing Detroit to tie and take the lead. The Red Wings would add a third taking a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

The middle frame was quiet with only one goal in the period. The Red Wings stretched their lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas a chance with 15 minutes remaining, scoring his sixth goal of the season. Pete DeBoer pulled his goalie down the stretch but Vegas couldn’t take advantage and Detroit scored an empty net goal to hand Vegas a 5-2 loss to close out the road trip.

The Golden Knights record drops to 6-6-0 and split their four game road trip. Vegas travels back to Las Vegas for a six game home stand beginning on Tuesday. The Golden Knights welcome in the expansion Seattle Kraken for the second time this season. Puck drop in Montreal is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Special teams was the story of the night. Detroit’s power play ripped the VGK PK apart on their first two chances while the Golden Knights’ power play returned to its usual pathetic look. At even-strength Vegas actually outplayed the Wings, but they fell behind early and just couldn’t find a way back in. (Recap by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 MONTREAL CANADIENS 2 (6-5-0 12 PTS)

Recap:  Vegas was dominated early in Montreal. The Canadiens outshot the Golden Knights 20-1 in the first period and held a 2-0 advantage after the opening twenty minutes.

The game completely shifted in the second period. Alex Pietrangelo broke the power play drought to get Vegas within one and Jonathan Marchessault tied the game with his fifth of the season. The Golden Knights took advantage of another power play and Dylan Coghlan gave his team a one goal lead.

The Golden Knights defended well and received great goaltending down the stretch from Robin Lehner to hold the Canadiens to two goals. Chandler Stephenson and Brayden McNabb added an empty netters to secure a 5-2 road victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to 6-5-0 and jump above .500 since opening night. Vegas travels to Detroit for their last game of the road trip. Tomorrow’s game against the Red Wings is scheduled for 3 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: In what’s becoming quite the disturbing trend, the Golden Knights were an absolute train-wreck in the 1st period. However, the 2nd put an end to another disturbing trend, the power(less) play. VGK scored on back-to-back power plays to somehow manage to help them steal another game they really had no business winning. (Recap by Ken)


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