Since their first season, the Golden Knights have now faced the Arizona Coyotes 13 times. Although Vegas’ record is 9-4-0 in those games, it doesn’t truly tell the story, a lot like last night’s game.
The Coyotes will remind us that in their history against the Golden Knights they’ve taken points off the Golden Knights in eight of the 13 games.
We’ve played this team before and we’ve had some success. I don’t want to go in there and be intimidated. We shouldn’t be intimidated if we play the right way. We got to have some swagger going in there knowing that if we play our game we can beat this team. -Rick Tocchet, Coyotes coach
Prior to last night, in the first dozen meetings with the Coyotes, the Golden Knights led the scoring margin by just six goals. However, three were scored in overtime, one in shootout, and one was an empty netter. So, after last night, Vegas has nine wins against Arizona, but an overall lead of just four goals in regulation.
2019-20 vs Arizona
3 Games (2-1-0)
Goals For 7, Goals Allowed 6
1st Game: 10/10/19 Arizona wins 4-1
2nd Game: 11/23/19 VGK wins 2-1 in SO
3rd Game: 12/28/19 VGK wins 4-1
2018-19 vs Arizona
4 Games (2-2)
Goals For 11, Goals Allowed 12
1st Game: 11/21/18 VGK wins 3-2 in OT
2nd Game: 12/30/18 VGK wins 5-1
3rd Game: 02/12/19 Arizona wins 5-2
4th Game: 04/04/19 Arizona wins 4-1
2017-18 vs Arizona
4 Games (3-1-0)
Goals For 16, Goals Allowed 10
1st Game: 10/10/17 VGK wins 5-2
2nd Game: 11/25/17 VGK wins 4-2
3rd Game: 12/03/17 VGK wins 3-2 in OT
4th Game: 03/28/18 Arizona wins 3-2
Arizona has frustrated Vegas offensively in the past and did again for 40 minutes of the game last night. The Coyotes have held the Golden Knights to 2.83 goals scored per contest. That’s significantly lower than the 3.14 goals per game Vegas averages over their first three-plus seasons.
Lowest VGK Goals Scored Per Game (Min. 8 Games)
Overall 3.14 since 2017
vs. Minnesota 1.89
vs. LA Kings 2.54
vs. Nashville 2.56
vs. Colorado 2.63
vs. Dallas 2.75
vs. Arizona 2.83
With three more games still left to play against these Coyotes, the Golden Knights are in for a battle. Arizona showed over the first two periods they have the ability to stifle the Golden Knights’ attack and they may have corrected one of the issues that’s plagued them against Vegas in the past.
Since that emotional, unforgettable night on 10/10/17, the Golden Knights have netted seven power play goals in the first 12 matchups. Last night, Vegas went a miserable 0 for 5 on the man advantage including a failed 63 second 5-on-3 and a shorthanded goal allowed.
Vegas escaped with the first game of the four-game “series,” but they’ll have to pick it up if they want to keep racking up points against these feisty Coyotes who always seem to play them tough.