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Golden Knights Thriving At Home

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There’s no place like home. Dorothy said it first, the Golden Knights are saying it now.

Halfway through the schedule, the Golden Knights currently boast the 3rd best home record in the NHL. They are 15-4-2 at the friendly confines of T-Mobile Arena and have outscored their opponents 69-48 in the 21 games.

VGK have scored first in 14 of the 21 games played at home and they’ve gone on to win all but two of them. They’ve held the lead at the end of the 1st period in eight and after the 2nd in 11, and they’ve held on to win every single game. Even when they find themselves behind, things tend to turn around at home. VGK have trailed after one period three times, they are 2-0-1 in those games. They’ve trailed after two on five occasions, and they are a decent 2-2-1.

All of these numbers flip on the road. The Golden Knights have scored first just nine times in 21 games away from home. They are 5-3-1 when they do, just 4-6-2 when they don’t. They’ve led after the 1st period six times, but have won just three of them. And they’ve trailed after two periods in eight of the 21 games and went on to lose all eight.

We’re on a bit of a run here that we need to stop the bleeding on the road. -Bruce Cassidy

The number that jumps out the most in the home and away splits for the Golden Knights is goals against. Away from home, they’ve allowed 67 goals against, for 3.2 per game. At home, they’ve allowed 19 fewer, just 48 or 2.3 per game. Vegas goalies have stopped 92.3% of shots at home while posting a save percentage of just 89.8% on the road.

Most of the damage has come directly in front of the goal. At home, Vegas has outscored opponents 35-25 in high-danger goals. On the road, they’ve been outscored 33-36. Nearly the entire difference has come at 5-on-5. The Golden Knights have actually scored more high-danger goals away than they have at home (25 away, 20 home), but they’ve allowed far more on the road than at home (24 away, 15 home).

The numbers say what they say, but the head coach doesn’t feel like the team’s play has been any better or worse at home than away, just the results.

Have I noticed a difference? Not really. I’ve noticed we’re better at home at finding ways to win. Our overall play, usage, all those things I don’t think it’s been different. There’s none of that going on with our personnel decisions, it’s just how it’s played out. -Cassidy

The Golden Knights continue at home tonight with a division matchup against the Flames. They’ll play three more at T-Mobile Arena next week as well before hitting the road for the difficult New York swing that tripped them up a year ago.

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6 Comments

  1. knights fan in minny

    jack out tonight

  2. ThG

    Tobias Bjornfot
    William Carrier
    Adin Hill
    Ben Hutton
    William Karlsson
    Robin Lehner
    Daniil Miromanov
    Shea Theodore

    and now EICHEL out, Cotton
    Cotton, COTTON
    paging dr Howard, Dr Fine, Dr Howard
    to the emergency ward
    Dr Howard, Dr Fine, Dr Howard.

  3. Jim

    Jack Eichel replaced by friggin Byron Froese, and now the center on the 49-81 line is Nick Roy.

    If Jack is out long term like Karlsson, then all bets are off.

  4. knights fan in minny

    time to invest in bubble wrap i have never seen a team get so many injuries what the hell

  5. JB

    Got soldier thru this injury crap.

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