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Cassidy Says VGK Have To Get Closer To Being A 60-Minute Team

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The Golden Knights are in a funk. There’s no way around it.

After roaring out to the best start of any defending champion in league history, Vegas has stumbled to a record of 11-12-4 in the last 27 games.

One of the biggest challenges for this Golden Knights team is that there have been different issues every night.

Is it the same thing every night that you are deficient in? Can’t score, can’t keep it out of your net, special teams, injuries to key areas of your game, can’t hold a lead, always chasing a game. I think we’ve kind of fallen into a little bit of everything. So for me, I don’t think it’s pinpointing one area of the game. -Bruce Cassidy

There is one particular area that has really suffered, especially in the last three weeks.

Keeping the puck out of our net is probably the biggest one we’ve got to address. Usually, that’s the easiest way to get back on track. It’s tough to win five and six every night. -Cassidy

In the first 12 games of the season, the Golden Knights allowed just 24 goals, or 2.0 per game. In the last 27, that number has jumped to 3.2 per game and in the last 11 games it’s ballooned to 4.1.

The head coach knows there are tactical aspects of the game that have to be fixed but none of that matters until they raise their compete level.

There’s not one thing on our list that says this is going to fix the Golden Knights. I do believe a sense of urgency will get half of it done, understand teams are coming after us. -Cassidy

They’re coming after Vegas because of the banner hanging in the rafters. That banner should serve as a good reminder of what is necessary to be the league’s best team too though. Every team strives for perfection, but this group should know it’s not completely necessary to achieve the ultimate goal.

Last year we won and we were an imperfect team. We didn’t have to be 60 minutes every single night all the time but we have to be closer to 60. -Cassidy

Tonight is another chance to try to get closer to a full 60-minute game. The opponent has handled the Golden Knights better than most over the past few seasons. Vegas dropped both games to the Islanders last season and they haven’t had a multi-goal win over New York since 2018.

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7 Comments

  1. Islanders have been a problem apparently for whatever reason – no better time than this evening to correct that situation. It won’t take long to determine if they have that mind set or not. Last game first 10 minutes suggested briefly they had minded to turning around the loosing streak, unfortunately that didn’t look last long. Hopefully this evening things will be different, wish l could post l am optimistic – realty over shadows that at the moment. Go knights go – the best l can say.

  2. Islanders have been a problem apparently for whatever reason – no better time than this evening to correct that situation. It won’t take long to determine if they have that mind set or not. Last game first 10 minutes suggested briefly they had mind to turning around the loosing streak, unfortunately that didn’t last long. Hopefully this evening things will be different, wish l could post l am optimistic – realty over shadows that at the moment. Go knights go – the best l can say.

  3. knights fan in minny

    vegas hockey now has no carrier in the line up

  4. ThG

    we need to pray for a sixty minute team

    if three of 12 selected ones make it, why not the rest of you?

    let’s get to it
    NOW
    on your knees !

  5. Bobby

    As hard as it is watching VGK struggle right now, there’s so much good will in the tank- Winning the cup, Vegas34 channel i.e. free hockey coverage, and all the good things Mr Foley has brought to our community, it’s easy to be negative when things turn sour. To summarize, just stop the puck dammit and start scoring again….

    • JB

      Right on Bobby. I too look for the positive. The boys will pull it together, I truely believe that. Hopefully starting with tonight’s game!

  6. Pistol Pete

    It’s pretty much impossible to bring that “urgency” and compete level across 82 regular season games. What matters is bringing it when it matters the most, in the playoffs. It would be nice to compete well enough to get home ice for the playoffs, otherwise just take your seeding and play your best hockey. Nice to get that 5-2 win against the Islanders, one of the more difficult matchups of all time for the VGK.

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