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Injuries Affecting Golden Knights Defensive Continuity

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Continuity is crucial when it comes to defending in the NHL. Playing with the same defensive partner for an extended period helps in every aspect. Last year, the Golden Knights had that luxury to start the season and in the playoffs. This year, they haven’t, and it’s starting to show.

Last year, Vegas used the same set of six defensemen for each of the first 20 of the first 21 games. Those six defensemen then went on to play 21 of the 22 playoff games with the exact partnerships from the beginning of the year. This season, Vegas has been forced to cobble together their lineup from Opening Night.

Before the season even began, both Zach Whitecloud and Alec Martinez were sidelined. By the time Martinez returned, Alex Pietrangelo had gone out. When Whitecloud returned, Hague was out. When Hague returned, Martinez went back out and then Theodore followed right behind him.

Vegas has used their preferred group of six defensemen just one time this season. This has led to a major shift in the minute load each player has had to take on.

(Thru 31 games)2023-24 Minutes2022-23 MinutesDifference

The minutes that were being eaten up by Theodore, Martinez, Whitecloud, and Hague last season have gone to Ben Hutton, Kaedan Korczak, and Brayden Pachal this year.

In addition, it has meant a ton of different pairings. Last year over the 82-game regular season and 22-game postseason run, the Golden Knights used 19 different defense pairings. This year, through just 31 games, they are already at 15.

The Golden Knights have remained a strong defensive team through all of it, but it’s clearly been slipping a bit in the last few weeks.






  1. Emmanuel

    Seems to be working overall considering GA. Most of the F are defensively responsible so that helps. Ive noticed Pietrangelo has been iffy the last 5 games.

  2. knights fan in minny

    love martini he is a warrior hurt a lot maybe time to let him go next year should stay in the organization to coach young d in the minors noah dobson a free agent next yearpossible replacement

    • Darren

      Have another martini – you write like you live in the puzzle factory – we have the dumbest most illiterate fan base, although as previously pointed out, fake out of state types are not real fans – just bandwagon types – but so unsophisticated and dumb!

    • TS

      I’d also like to see him stay on. It’s tough, with injuries dominating his later years, but it’s bound to happen, I guess. I know the feeling…aging SUCKS.

  3. JB

    Oh I finally get it. You are miss spelling the Christmas drink egg nog. I see.

    • Alex

      Spelling, punctuation, syntax, grammar and hockey defeat this guy…plus he is so easy to wind up. He thinks “Logan” is sexy. And that’s cool! I’m more of a rev barb guy.

      • knights fan in minny

        the only thing you wind up is the little porch monkeys of yours i can do this all day you piece of shit loser

        • alex

          I agree that you are semi literate 24/7/365

          • knights fan in minny

            fuck off nig nog

          • JB

            You two need to take a break, take time to come up with something new to call each other. Alex your grammar thing is getting old. Minny the nignog means nothing anymore, other than your attempt at racist speak. If you guys are going to keep us entertained you need some new idiot material! Thank you.

  4. Ken – I know you are pointing out facts which I am sure all knowledgeable fans appreciate; however, those type of excuses are not the answer. I think we can all learn something from the coach as you probably notice Cassidy hardly if ever uses that for inadequate performance so not sure you’re pointing out the obvious add any value. Just an observation. The guys they have on the ice every night are capable of winning when they perform as expected. I am sure you notice that Cassidy obviously has no interest in providing a crutch for the players for inadequate play and tells it like it is. We can all learn from that as well –

  5. ThG

    This was pointed out about a week back, Ken is so back logged he’s just getting around to it.

    every “away” TV announcer has said basically the same thing. Sabres seemed to be the team that acted on it.

    I mean the Junior Knights team.

  6. ThG

    did someone say injuries ???

    for DUTY
    and HUMANITY !!

  7. ThG

    which led to


  8. ThG

    American consumers, and 3000 American car dealers tell dictator Joe (aka Genocide Joe) to take a hike on his fascist green mandates.

    • Darren

      1000s have enjoyed Mel slurping cock in her porns – now she cucks you!

    • TS

      …speaking of Fascism…Breaking news: Trump, on the campaign trail yesterday, again praised PUTIN, the GENOCIDIST HIMSELF. Trump quoted Putin with reverence, praised Kim Jong Un, and then praised the Hungary Dictator!! If America has any doubt that Trump aspires to be the American Dictator, you need to hear his words. Heed those threats. Believe his promises of Tevenge and RETRIBUTION. The corrupt one wants to be Dictator!!
      ” Genocide Joe”, uet Putin is systematically destroying Ukraine a d wiping the ” vermon” , AKA innocent Ukranians, off the map!! So, yell us again how Joe is being accused of the atrocities of Putin?? Does that can of worms, AKA your scrambled brain, comprehend the difference??
      Btw: just where did that Russian HOAX bi Der disappear to?? You know, the one that is missing from the WH, where Trump a d Meadows hid, then stole it to keep thar pesky collusion business hidden?? Where is Waldo????? Same place as the hundreds of classified boxes of docs that Trump willfully hid, then obstructed the FBI search to retrieve them??
      Do you want to know WHY Putin waited to invade and murder Ukranians, until Trump was gone? Trump’s adoration of Putin is clear. His Dictator aspirations are clear– the madman told us all so! BELIEVE THE MADMAN!!

      • alex

        He’s going to jail, TS…and I can’t wait!

        • TS

          It’ll be a National DAY of Celebration!!

        • TS

          Hey, Alex, do you suppose that you could TRY to keep it somewhat civil with Minny?? Come on, I know you’re intelligent, well- informed, and I get your frustration. BUT your posts are pretty offensive. Minny’t racist posts also offend. If I were a person of color, I’d be upset too. But the ” cuck” posts make me uneasy. CAN’T you respond without the vulgery??( is that even a word?
          We both feel.the same about these things, just wish you’dshow a Lil decorum here! Okey- dokey?? Peace!!

          • Alex

            Will have a go at it, TS

          • TS

            Great, Akez. All you can do is TRY! I decided to limit my OWN vulgerisms, trying not to respond on anger to THG’s expansive, irrelevant, derogatory, hate- filled posts, even though I sooo want to tar and feather the Clown, send him on down the road…Michelle put it best: ” when they go low, we’ll go high!” Wise woman!! Even WISER husband!! ( I changed my party in ’08, so I could support him!)

        • ThG

          yes Alex, you can’t wait for more people to join you in jail; only it’s not going to be Trump.

          BUSTED AGAIN !

      • ThG

        ^ crazy karen rant, the reason Putin didn’t do anything was because Trump in his own words said he’d “take down those golden towers at the Kremlin”. As usual you lib tards take what Trump says completely out of context. His message clearly was that Putin was taking advantage of Biden, because Biden is an idiot. Trump said as much and Reuters quoted him as saying “Trump said that Putin took advantage of Biden’s being “weak” which led Putin to attack Ukraine. ”

        There is no doubt the world wouldn’t be on fire if Trump was president. Because Putin could have attacked when Trump was president and he didn’t. Trump was also on verge for Abraham accord peace agreement in Middle East. He was nominated for Nobel Peace prize.

        So take your moronic bull shit elsewhere because your post was completely decimated by the FACTS.

        Your knowledge, or lack thereof, of world politics is on same level as your knowledge of hockey; and about every thing else based upon bull shit posts here. In other words on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 high, a negative 10.

        pwn’d yet again, and still you keep coming back for more. That is sign of psycho creepy stalker.

        • TS

          OKAY, clown. Whatever you think. Trump is a Wanna- be – Dictator. HIS words. Is Trump lying now?Say it ain’t so, Thg. Trump is the perfect Pitin- worshipper, clown!!
          Now, about that Russian Binder that is mysteriously missing…..

          • alex

            Trump is also a sex offender per that Carroll lawsuit that found him so…funny how these religious nuts overlook that!

        • TS

          Are you talking about yourself again, thg?? Such an egomaniac. You just can’t help yourself, can you?? What a Clown!! Good for a laugh on Sunday!!

        • TS

          Is that Yrump comment about those Russian towers kinda like ” building the border wall??. Or more like Infrastructure Week? Or maybe the ” covid is going to just disappear?” Here’s one: ” only I can fix it”!!
          Yeah, he fixed it, didn’t he? He screwed America, his 4 yrs of HATE has split America like no other in History. He’ll be in courts for years to come, if he’s not in prison by election time!

        • TS

          Trump nominated himself for the , Peace Prize!! That was a hilarious event.A Peace Prize? He should be indicted instead, for his multiple crimes as POTUS. Oh yeah, he HAS been..
          How many Indictments again??. I lost count. But he’s a real hero of the people..a regular ROBBING HOOD. Steal from the poor, share with his rich family! Yum, Trump steaks. Chinese ties. Ooh, Trump University. Trump water. Trump condoms. Trump wine, Trump peanuts, Trump ” legal fund”.. now THAT is a really huge GRIFT. He claims he’s one of the richest men in.America, but he has to grift his poor followers for money to pay his 100 attorneys??? Curious ASK from a very rich man, don’t you think??

          • ThG

            more bull shit by resident, self appointed head cluck, that nobody here listens to; an idiot karen who believes they are forum moderator (but in real life couldn’t manage an ant farm and can’t stand free speech, caught in so much double talk that hypocrisy is top of the list), who doesn’t know squat about squat; the know nothing lib tard of nothing noteworthy but hate, lies , spin AND suffering from severe case of trump derangement syndrome. Among other things, like creepy psycho stalking behavior constantly getting their underwear in a twist about nothing. Triggered on a drop of penny.

            5th Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for President Trump
            By Peter Pry | Monday, 26 October 2020 04:05 PM EDT

            The greatest president of this century, and current, Predident Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for many stellar accomplishments advancing world peace — not least his diplomatic breakthrough toward lasting peace in the Mideast.

            Although President Trump deservedly received four nominations for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, and should have won, it was awarded to the World Food Bank.

            Now we, several of my expert national security colleagues and I, are nominating President Donald J. Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Award of the Year: for deterring nuclear war with North Korea, through summitry de-escalating North Korea’s nuclear threats, and for his Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses that pioneers protecting electronic civilization from the existential threat posed by solar superstorms, nuclear and non-nuclear EMP weapons.

            President Trump inherited from previous U.S. presidents and administrations a North Korea arming with intercontinental missiles, H-bombs, and a highly aggressive strategy of nuclear blackmail

            During 2017 and early 2018, North Korea made repeated threats to make nuclear strikes against the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, on Sept. 10, 2017, warned: “The reckless behavior of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course includes NATO.”

            Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, likened the nuclear crisis with North Korea to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Recent reporting and interviews, including with then U.S. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis, indicates the risk of nuclear war was highly elevated.

            To North Korea’s nuclear threats, President Trump responded with strength: warning that any nuclear attack on the U.S. or its allies would result in the destruction of North Korea; moving additional aircraft carriers, naval and airpower into the Pacific theater; exercising and demonstrating this power in cooperation with allies; and strengthening missile defenses in South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

            Therefore, President Donald J. Trump deserves the gratitude and recognition of the international community for deterring nuclear blackmail, and preventing a possible nuclear war with North Korea.

            Moreover, President Trump became the first U.S. president to meet with North Korea’s leader, to visit North Korea, and to hold direct face-to-face summits seeking North Korea’s denuclearization.

            Although North Korea has not denuclearized and continues building-up its arsenal of nuclear weapons, ICBMs and other missiles, Pyongyang has so far honored its pledge to President Trump to refrain from nuclear and ICBM tests for nearly three years.

            North Korea has also greatly reduced its threatening language calculated to nuclear blackmail the United States and allies.

            Therefore, President Donald J. Trump also deserves the gratitude and recognition of the international community for his summitry attempting to achieve peaceful denuclearization of North Korea, that has greatly lowered tensions, stopped North Korean nuclear and ICBM testing, and could become the basis for a more comprehensive and lasting peace.

            President Trump also deserves the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work to protect against the existential threat from electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

            Solar superstorms, like the 1859 Carrington Event, can generate a natural EMP, blacking-out electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures worldwide — including communications, transportation, food and water, business and manufacturing — putting at risk the lives of billions. On July 23, 2012, such a solar superstorm narrowly missed impacting the Earth.

            The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates the risk of a solar superstorm that would have catastrophic consequences globally is 12% per decade.

            A single nuclear weapon detonated at high-altitude can generate an EMP blacking-out electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for an entire nation or over much of a continent.

            The U.S. congressionally-mandated EMP Commission estimates a nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill up to 90% of the population from starvation, disease, and societal collapse.

            Non-nuclear EMP weapons are becoming increasingly powerful, and increasingly available to rogue states and terrorists, that could also cause protracted blackout of electric grids, with catastrophic societal consequences similar to a nuclear EMP attack.

            President Trump on March 26, 2019, signed his Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses that directs the U.S. Government to protect the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures from the catastrophic consequences of solar and manmade EMP.

            President Trump’s EMP Executive Order entails a whole-of-government effort to rapidly achieve cost-effective protection of electric grids and other critical infrastructures that will directly benefit, not only the United States, but also Canada that shares the North American electric grid, and all nations that follow the U.S. example toward EMP preparedness.

            Therefore, President Donald J. Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize as recognition from the international community for his Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses that leads the way for protection of electronic civilization worldwide from the existential threat that is EMP.

            My co-signatories nominating President Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Award of the Year are: Fred Fleitz, President of the Center for Security Policy; Lt. General (Ret.) Thomas McInerney; Maj. General (Ret.) Paul Vallely; and Tom Trento, Director of the United West.

            If you agree with us, send an e-mail to

            Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He served on the Congressional EMP Commission as chief of staff, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of “Blackout Wars,” and also of “The Power and the Light,” available on Read Peter Pry’s Reports — More Here.

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            once again your bull shit post completely decimated, take your smelly shit elsewhere you have been smelly up the joint long enough !

          • TS

            Thg, punishing us with yet another 1000 word, cut- and- paste crick of shit from the true FASCIST. Hey, THG, Google FASCISM
            .Trump is the textbook FASCIST. And you bible- quoting Hypocrites are defending that FASCIST? How did you idiots go astray?? How did you lose your way, and your frigging minds?? You are defending the crimes and corruption.of a FASCIST!! He loves other FASCIST DIctators! Yet you god- loving people accept and defend this traitor?? You are as sick as FASCISM is.


  9. ThG

    families celebrating Christmas

    • Darren

      She used to celebrate by taking cock up her ass on film – IMBD tells all, you cuck!

  10. knights fan in minny

    you should be ashamed of yourself ken for letting a certain few ruin your site

  11. DeezNutz

    The defense is missing some key players so it’s making it harder for the goalie and the goalie is good but not great. This is why they need to score on their breakaway and odd man rush chances which they seem to have trouble with.

  12. JB

    Remember guys, we have had our #1 D parings for just ONE game this year. Just wait until they all are back together! Marty should be soon, Theo a little while longer. Plus, looks like Hilly will be back next game or rad trip! We’ll be fine.

  13. JB

    Ok, we need to end this homestand with a win today. Very tuff road-trip coming! Let’s go boys!

  14. Tim

    Darren and Alex a couple of swell guys, great language skills who love sharing there bullshit with us. I feel so blessed I don’t know what I’d do without these dickheads.

    • Alex

      Maybe start with solving the “their/there” conundrum…

      • knights fan in minny

        fuck off loser everybody hates you because you come on here and stir up trouble like the rest of your kind yes this is a racist comment deal with it you piece of shit loser boy.

      • Tim

        Do you really think anyone gives a shit about There or Their it’s just a hockey site not an english class get a funking life.

      • ThG

        so much for “i will give it try”

        psycho creepy wacko multiple handle Alex/Darren/Satan/lucifer/ TS ALEX et al

        is back again.


    • ThG

      yes beavis and butthead

      but it’s all the same person, Alex. And another one of his many aliases.

      • Darren

        Hey you fucking cuckold, I have no idea who Alex is! Go send more cash to the porn whore you cuck

        • knights fan in minny

          you have the same icon dumb ass alex used to use you are dumb fuck alex

        • ThG

          are you on the path to righteous, Alex/Darren ? Jesus has opened the path to salvation. Eternal salvation. Get off your path to perdition.

          2 Corinthians 9:7
          Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

          Luke 21:1-4 ESV
          Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

          Luke 18:12 ESV
          I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’

          Acts 20:35 ESV
          In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

          Luke 6:38 ESV
          Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

          Matthew 6:1-4 ESV
          “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

          so it is written
          so it shall be done
          These are the words of our Lord. Jesus Christ. See the light, yee sinners and watchers of old porn. Besmirching a widow ! Woe onto you, repent thy evil ways.

          • Darren

            I’m into watching Melissa suck cock thanks to the link provided by Luce

          • ThG

            that is not the path to righteous, that is path to perdition

  15. JB

    Racism makes me sick. So, shame on you minny. It’s uncalled for in any situation! I’m just saying, it makes you look like some fat, middle aged, white man, cracker! Quit it!

    • knights fan in minny

      snivel snivel

    • knights fan in minny

      okay daddy

    • ThG

      JB Alex is one always playing the race card, try to get it right next time. It’s pretty obvious ALEX is the one goading KIFM. WAKE UP. Alex is the creepy stalky psycho nut job. WACKO.

      • JB

        Get serious thg! Alex goads. You all fall for it!

        • ThG

          thanks for confirming that Alex goads, it’s pretty obvious. He is one sick fuck.

          • JB

            And all you DO t.h.u.g. IS goad ! Listen, we all know your game. Internet coward, cut and paste whinny bitch. Lonely little idiot setting there with your electronic stuff all day long. Sad, sad, sad. Most of us just laugh at how dumb you, thinking you are accomplishing something. Cut n paste, cut n paste, where’s another stupid video to post. Sick, lonely, sad, little man-child. Ha ha ha

          • ThG

            .what you posted describes yourself, I only defend myself against sick fucks like you who attack me first!

  16. JB

    I certainly don’t support things said by Alex, but show me a racist statement by him?

    • ThG

      what part of calling KFIM trailer park trash is not clear to you ???
      among other things.

      • JB

        How’s that racist? Could apply to any race you idiot! You are the UNINFORMED god. So guess that makes you a thug! Ha ha

        • ThG

          if you can’t figure out what that means, that reflects more on your lack of street smarts, and you are clearly the uninformed one.

    • Alex

      Solid analysis of The Hockey Cuck, JB…well done…

      I’m going straight hockey posts rest of the year after this post…let’s see what happens…for what its worth I have no idea who or what Darren or any other poster is. But I’m going straight hockey…it’s my night for the seats, so we are heading down to the fortress via uber pretty soon…early puck drop tonight.

      This is a big game in a lot of ways.

      • knights fan in minny

        stop lying

      • ThG

        only seat you are getting is the corner toilet stall in the county jail,
        you know it. The rest of your hoodlum buddies will be yelling at you all night long “Courtesy flush” , “courtesy flush”.

        we all know it

        stop lying. Alex/Darren.

  17. For what is is worth and this applies to everyone who uses this site. LET’S TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND NOVIAL FOR A CHANGE AND KEEP ALL COMMENTS TO HOCKEY – JUST FOR A WEEK AND SEE HOW IT GOES.
    This BS bantering only demonstrates how stupid people are which I am sure is not the case in real life. Let’s try and raise above all the insults etc for a change – you may fine you will all feel much better. As some have posted they consider some of this BS as funny – I would suggest looking in the mirror and ask if you would like or want to be treated in that manner – hopefully the answer isn’t yes as that makes you as twisted as those posting this garbage, Clean it up for a week, discuss hockey only and see where it leads.

    • knights fan in minny

      tell that to alex and darren who is alex they started the whole thing they are only here for 1 thing to stir up trouble 2 assholes

      • You could help a great deal by just ignoring it along with a few other. Don’t get pulled down to the level they have chosen. Whatever they are or are not ignoring them will help.

    • ThG

      the only garbage posted here is from the haters – TS Alex and his many aliases. That is fact JACK.

      IF they stop posting their bull shit, all this goes away. They are creepy, stalker, karen ranters, psycho nut job wackos.

      • TS

        Thg, is that meant to be a joke?? Like YOU are?? Makes sense, coming from the site crackerjack!! Do you YET understand that people’re a joke? Your lack.of insight and humanity is adtonishing. Sick, but astonishing. Do you have someone you can call for help? You dearly need it.

      • TS

        If YOU stop your inflammatory SHOT, others will have nothing to bitch about, RIGHT?? What an idiot!

  18. JB

    Today is an important game for the Knights tonight. Facing a tuff 3 game trip down south, a win today is a must.

  19. knights fan in minny

    who is guarding the blue paint tonight

  20. knights fan in minny

    just read it martini back in the line up

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