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.