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Golden Knights Have Proven Success Without Stone In Lineup

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On January 12th of last season, Golden Knights captain Mark Stone played in his last regular season game of 2022-23. Vegas’ roster battled through the schedule without their leader and secured the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

We all know what transpired once the postseason began.

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Without Stone in the second half of last season, the captain’s teammates went 23-9-7 to finish out the string of regular season games. It was a bit of a surprise but also a sign of what to expect in the postseason. The Stone-less lineup averaged 3.23 goals per game and allowed only 2.67 per contest. Coach Bruce Cassidy got his entire roster to buy in and finish off the season strong without their heart and soul.

January 14, 2023 to April 13, 2023 – Games Without Stone

  • Record: 23-9-7 (53 Points)
  • Points Percentage: .679
  • Goals Scored: 126
  • Goals Allowed: 104
  • Games with 4 or More Goals Scored: 20
  • Games with 5 or More Goals Scored: 9
  • Winning Streak of 4 Games or More: 3
  • Record vs. Playoff Teams: 12-6-4 (26 Points)
  • Shots Per Game: 30.5
  • Games Scoring First Goal: 22
  • Blocks Per Game: 17.74

During their second-half run, the Golden Knights performed like they were fully healthy. Players like Michael Amadio stepped in and recorded ten goals after Stone was sidelined. After being added near the deadline, Ivan Barbashev built immediate chemistry and tallied six goals in a new uniform. Both were an unexpected boost to a team that could have played it safe, protected ailing players, and positioned themselves for the playoffs. Instead, Cassidy juggled lines, took chances, and trusted the players on his bench. I’m sure the Stanley Cup-winning coach will take the same approach over the final 25 games.

Last night’s game wasn’t a great example of how the Golden Knights can perform without Stone in their lineup. Taking down a high-powered offense like the Maple Leafs takes constant pressure, great goaltending, and tight team defense. Sadly, the reigning champions couldn’t stop Toronto’s opening 40-minute attack. It’s unlikely outcomes like last night’s 7-3 blowout defeat will be a recurring theme. Based on history and an uncertain time frame, the Golden Knights will have plenty of chances to excel without their captain once again.

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19 Comments

  1. Richie-Rich

    Yayyyyyy! So glad to see Stone on IR so that we can repeat. Huh? It won’t work unless we bring back Kessel.

  2. Henderson Knights

    ” Taking down a high-powered offense like the Maple Leafs takes constant pressure, great goaltending, and tight team defense.”

    Have we seen any consistent, 60 minute sign of ANY of those 3 things lately?

    Hell no, we have NOT.

    Plus, still no Eichel, and where are the trades to inject some help for an injury riddled lineup? Front office has an immediate job to do, and it gets later by the minute.

  3. knights fan in minny

    hocky buzz has vegas in big on guentzel love jake good player have watched him from high school to the pros i know h wants a big raise i would like to see how good he plays without sid the kid before you give him big money playing with sid will elevate your gam e i would rather have tuch if thats possible

  4. Henderson Knights

    Bring Smith back from Pitt. they want to unload him.

    trade for Buchnevich from the Blues.

    Eichel and Stone return.

    playoff lines=

    Barbashev-Eichel-Buchnevich
    Stephenson-Roy-Stone
    Smith-Karlsson-Marchy
    Carrier-Amadio-Kolesar

  5. Jim

    Golden Knights Recall Jakub Demek, Place Brett Howden On IR

    Demek? shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic

    Time for trades, not callups.

  6. Tim

    Stone, Eichel, Carrier 3 strong players add Howden and Dorofeyev and it’s time to get busy. We’ve got our first and Ottawa’s first whenever in the next 3 drafts use them and whatever prospects and get Tuch ,Smith, and Guentzel and quit fucking around with these minor leaguers. Go for the gold and watch the other teams explode. Vegas did it again pissing off the whole league.

  7. Tim

    How to fit Tuch, Smith, Guentzel under the cap. Keep Stone and Eichel on IR until the playoffs about 20 million, if Eichel comes back early have Pittsburgh pay part of Smiths salary and trade Martinez which is another 5 million. As they say where there’s a will there’ a way.

  8. Emmanuel

    Move on from Tuch and Smith….jeeez. No retreads.
    Get a G scoring LW, get healthy, problem solved.
    The Yotes are selling, we could get a scorer from them for Cotter/Howden/prospect/pick.

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