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DeBoer Finds Positives As Injuries Mount

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Even before their trip to Los Angeles on Thursday night, the Golden Knights were fighting through a rash of injuries. Now, it appears they’ll be without two thirds of their top line and two of the best players on the roster for a significant period of time.

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Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Alex Tuch, Nic Roy, Brett Howden, and William Carrier all missed practice today, a practice in which the defensemen actually outnumbered the forwards. (Evgenii Dadonov was absent too, but it was described as a maintenance day).

Obviously, this is not ideal for a team expected to run away with the Pacific Division, but that won’t stop the Golden Knights’ head coach from searching for positives.

The first of which was schedule related. The Golden Knights have a five day break between their second and third games of the season, the second longest break between games this season after the All Star break.

I think the fact that we don’t play until Wednesday will give us the opportunity to get more guys out here. I think everybody likes the idea after a stinker of getting out and playing the next night but the reality of it is we’ve got 3 or 4 guys that wouldn’t have been available tonight or tomorrow night so it’s probably not a bad thing. -DeBoer

He’s also aware though that the worst of the injuries are to the best players of the group. DeBoer is hoping being without Stone and Pacioretty can actually be a good thing for his team.

I told our group this morning that the silver lining of this I’m hoping this might be the best thing to happen to us. You take out guys that you rely on for offense every night. You’ve got to play with detail, you’ve got to have that defensive foundation, you’ve got to be prepared to win 2-1, 3-2. We’ve got to get that back, we haen’t had enough of that. -DeBoer

The team has two more practices before their next game which starts a three game homestand against St. Louis, Edmonton, and the New York Islanders.

Adversity is here, but the Golden Knights appear ready to attack it head on.


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  1. THE hockey GOD

    if they are still short seven forwards come face off on next game, and it continues forward–> then this will truly be low point in franchise history; worse than that spat of goalie injuries in first season. Adversity beyond adversity, it’d DOOM, followed by more DOOM. The drums are beating. The writing is on the wall. Not a sight for the weak of heart.

    But a true knight weathers through rain, sleet, snow, thunder, tornadoes, blizzards,etc; wait that is postal mail carrier. My bad. At least we have the fancy pre game antics to match the fake hockey facade a decadent “over the top” hockey experience in the desert to rely upon. “Shame ” , “shame”, “shame”. Ding. “Shame”, “shame”, “shame’. Ding.

    Sez’ me.

    • THE hockey GOD

      winter is coming

      the night is full of terrors;

      Beware the blind bat, at the stroke of midnight, the black raven carries dark wings & dark words

  2. Herby

    VGK need to give Miromanov a shot. He can become an ELITE D scorer. We have seen it in the pre-season, we have seen it in the KHL where he was in the Top 10 of scoring Ds and we have recently seen it in Henderson 1 Game 3 Points!

    He is RED HOT

    • THE hockey GOD

      thompson is not hot, would like to see them give some of their North AMerican talent ( other than Maynard C. Krebs- that show is growing old) a shot, so far the European forwards have sucked rocks.

    • Lynn A Romano

      I agree!!! Give him a shot. He was hot in the pre-season. Hopefully will continue.

  3. THE hockey GOD

    Jesse Granger
    DeBoer said William Carrier, Nic Roy and Brett Howden all skated on their own this morning.

    Good sign that they’re all inching toward a return.

    Jesse Granger
    Pacioretty fractured his foot blocking a shot.

    DeBoer described it as an innocent looking shot. Really bad luck.

    • Blitz

      Skated on their own? I’m so proud of them. I feel like the boys are growing up so fast.

      As opposed to what? Those little metal walkers? How do they not skate on their own?

      • Iamcamel

        The term “skated on their own” in hockey refers to when a player didn’t participate in practice but was still on the ice skating. Usually running drills on their own or in a small group.

  4. Vic

    Move Shea to forward and sign Patrick Marleau to teach people how to stay in great shape, how to shoot and hit the net, how not take dumb penalties and how to run a power play. Then trade for Kessel which means more PP help, and someone who can score with the risk of giving up more goals against.

    Of course, the above won’t happen, which means it’s time to suck it up and watch the young guys get out of diapers. It happened year one with Fleury out and it can be done again. Suck it up and fight.

  5. Tim

    Howton, Carrier, and Roy are skating doesn’t really excite me with Stone and Patch out for who knows how long. THG the MAF curse is in play trust me.

    • LVsc

      Pacioretty is out at least 6 weeks, and Stone is yet to be determined

    • THE hockey GOD

      @tim I hired two one eyed crones and a third crone with mismatched blue and green eyes from Mt. Charleston. Stocked with local Walgren’s pharmacy’s necessary ingredients (one from Whole Foods because Walgren’s didn’t have the organic ones). The drove the three crones to edge of Mary Jane’s falls and watched them do their annoying incantations.

      First Witch
      Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

      Second Witch
      Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined.

      Third Witch
      Harpier cries “‘Tis time, ’tis time.”

      First Witch
      Round about the cauldron go;
      In the poison’d entrails throw.
      Toad, that under cold stone
      Days and nights has thirty-one
      Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
      Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.

      Double, double, toil and trouble;
      Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

      Second Witch
      Fillet of a fenny snake,
      In the cauldron boil and bake;
      Eye of newt and toe of frog,
      Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
      Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
      Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
      For a charm of powerful trouble,
      Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

      Double, double, toil and trouble;
      Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

      Third Witch
      Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
      Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf
      Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
      Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
      Liver of blaspheming Jew,
      Gall of goat, and slips of yew
      Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
      Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
      Finger of birth-strangled babe (30)
      Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,
      Make the gruel thick and slab:
      Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
      For the ingredients of our cauldron.

      Double, double, toil and trouble;
      Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

      Second Witch
      Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
      Then the charm is firm and good

      Curse begone -ding
      curse begone- ding
      curse begone- dong !

      • THE hockey GOD

        my apologies to hebrews, turks , and tarters, didn’t know they were in the brew until after i posted it .sorry about that.


  6. phantom major

    “I told our group this morning that the silver lining of this is I’m hoping this might be the best thing to happen to us. You take out guys that you rely on for offense every night. You’ve got to play with detail, you’ve got to have that defensive foundation, you’ve got to be prepared to win 2-1, 3-2. We’ve got to get that back, we haven’t had enough of that. -DeBoer

    DeBoer just proved my assertion yesterday that the veteran Vgk players were coasting and floating this season, as I posted before, with his comments that they might get back to defensive detail if these big shots are out.

  7. Tim

    To look on the bright side Nick Suzuki was rushed into the spotlight and he has performed. Maybe just maybe with Krebs and Patrick rushed into the spotlight maybe they’ll perform. If Patch has a fractured ankle and Stone has torn muscles in his stomach there out for a long long time. The season just got more interesting.

  8. Daryl

    Good news is they are off until Wednesday… that’s about the ONLY good news there is. You really don’t want to look at who the next 3 games are against if you don’t want more bad news

  9. Vlad

    Might be the best thing to happen to us?

    Hmmmm…. Best of luck with load of shit

    Every season it inevitably comes down to a game or two you wish you could have back.

    ….best thing to happen to us…. Ya we will see

    This team has NOT gotten better in the off season and its a lot worse now

    No way the cup is coming to Vegas this year. Disappointing

  10. Ulf

    I thought this was “the deepest group I’ve ever played with”, Mark Stone? I’ll give you Stone and Patches being out – despite Patches already a band aid boy that will decline, many teams would have a go of it if their top 2 scorers were out. But it also shows the clear lack of depth VGK still has.
    The good news is maybe this will have the FO and us fans take off the rose colored glasses and take an honest look at the team and the weak-but-rising division it’s in.

  11. goalie trade

    the Jack Eichel talk continues.
    accdg to Elliot Friedman on HNIC, the Sabres have talked trade with the Colo Avs and the VGK

    right now Buffalo does not want to retain any salary, but they are willing to take back contracts. Avs want salary retained, so they apparently are dropping out for now.

    Buffalo apparently wants Krebs and Hague in a possible deal with Vgk

    • ulf

      Interesting news – this would be the beginning of the end if it happens. VGK getting rid of their only half-interesting rookie (save maybe the goalkeeper) to lock up their salary cap for years to come…Patches will be on the IR with regularity and will limit their ability to get anyone else.

  12. Tim

    Looking forward to watching the Silver Knights tonight. It’s to bad our forwards got hurt instead of our defense. I think we could absorb a hit on defense much easier because I believe we have much more quality talent on that side. Think about it do you really think Kolesar, Carrier, Janmark, Howden, Krebs, Patrick, are going to do much. We’ve got the Misfit line and then What? Dadonov and Stephensn are our other two options and we’ll see how that works out.

  13. Vlad

    If Vegas can unload Krebs they better throw him on a bus with a bag of pucks and ship him out before there is no interest in him. 10 games and what 2 shots on net? No loss for vegas. Just egg on mcrimmon’s face for wasting a first round pick on a player he could have got easily in 2nd round or possibly 3rd round. Any takers on how many goals against Krebs will be on the ice for the next HSK game???

  14. vgk21

    Miromanov should be called up. Not only can he score, but he also can play either D or wing, and he can play on special teams too, so he would be invaluable with all the guys out injured.

  15. Use the misfit line and get rid of de boer for starters

  16. Tim

    Watched the Silver Knights yesterday TV went in and out which was annoying. Knights wins 6-3 but had 3 PP goals if not it would be 3-3 and overtime. If the Golden Knights would realize how important the PP is and what a difference in a game. They’ll continue there routine attack mode on the PP and will get the same results. A couple of the Silver Knights had a good game this Micomanov and Pavel D. are keepers. Micomanov is probably better then Hague and Coghlan but stuck in AHL hell.Pavel is always around the net and has 3 goals in the first 2 games. Krebs chugs along a few assists but not taking the bull by the horns not sure if he’s just a third or fourth line player unfortunately.

  17. Contact Tracer

    Bring back Gusev, Pirri, and Zykov and drink champagne from the cup in 2021!

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