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Misery Loves Company: VGK Not Only Team To Experience Four Straight 3-0 Deficits

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The Golden Knights found themselves in a three-goal hole late in the 1st period against the Blues. It felt like the sky was falling until Vegas stormed back to win the game 5-4 in overtime.

Three nights later, once again, Vegas saw 3-0 on the scoreboard, this time against Pittsburgh. Back-to-back games falling behind by three felt improbable, yet once again they stormed back only to come up a bit short.

A couple nights later, it happened again! 3-0 turned to 4-0 against the LA Kings and it’s officially reached epidemic levels.

Then, Saturday. 1-0 in the 1st. 2-0 in the 2nd, and what do you know in the 3rd, 3-0 again for the fourth straight game.

All we could do was shout things that Jackie Chiles would say. “That’s deplorable, unfathomable, improbable!”

Here at SinBin.vegas, our first thought was, this has to be historic. 3-0, four games in a row, there’s no way anyone else has done this in a decade. Wrong!

In fact, a team currently residing in 1st place in the Pacific Division did it just two months ago.

The Calgary Flames fell behind 3-0 against the Coyotes, Golden Knights, Avalanche, and Blue in four straight games from November 16th to the 21st.

Falling behind 3-0 in a game isn’t nearly as rare as it would seem. Every single team in the NHL has done it at least once, and 24 of the 31 teams have done it at least three times this season.

There have been 706 games played thus far this season and in 143 of them a team has jumped out to a 3-0 lead. That’s 20% or one in every five games!

In only nine of the 143, the trailing team came back to win as the Golden Knights did against St. Louis.

It’s not just bad teams this happens to either. Calgary has fallen behind 3-0 on 10 separate occasions this year. Washington has seen it happen to them seven times, Carolina seven, Dallas six, and Winnipeg, Philadelphia, and the New York Islanders each five.

Vegas has found themselves in the now familiar 3-0 hole six times. The only difference for the Golden Knights is that they have been doing it at home. Five of the six occurrences have happened at T-Mobile Arena. Of the 143 total, only 58 happened to the home team for 41%.

Aside from the Flames and Golden Knights, no other team has fallen behind 3-0 more than twice in a row. There are 15 times in which teams have done it in back-to-back games however.

I’m not really sure what any of this means other than that Jason and I have way too much time on our hands looking this up. Maybe you’ll sleep easier knowing the Flames stink too? Or you can just go back to more Jackie Chiles-isms…

It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous!


Western Conference

STL – 4 times
10/26 – at BOS

12/4 – at PIT

12/14 – CHI*

1/2 – at COL

DAL – 6 times 2 Back to Backs
10/12 – WSH
10/14 – at BUF

10/26 – at PIT
10/29 – MIN*

11/26 – at CHI

12/3 – at WPG

COL – 1 Time
11/2 – at ARI

WPG – 5 times, 1 Back to Back
10/4 – at NJD*
10/6 – at NYI

11/12 – COL

11/21 – at DAL

12/12 – at DET

NSH – 4 times
10/10 – WSH*

11/16 – CHI

11/30 – at FLA

12/28 – at PIT

MIN – 5 times
10/17 – at MTL

10/24 – at NSH

11/7 – at SJS

12/21 – WPG

12/31 – TOR

CHI – 8 times, 1 Back to Back

10/26 – at BOS

12/4 – at PIT

12/14 – CHI*

1/2 –  at COL

CGY – 10 times, 3 B2B

10/8 – LAK

10/19 – at LAK

11/16 – at ARI

11/17 – at VGK

11/19 – COL

11/21 – at STL

12/14 – CAR

12/23 – at MIN

12/29 – VAN

12/31 – CHI

ARI – 4 times, 1 B2B

10/30 – MTL

12/10 – CGY

1/9 – at TBL

1/10 – at CAR

EDM – 4 times

10/27 – FLA

11/12 – at SJS

11/21 – at LAK

12/10 – CAR

VAN – 1 time

10/5 – at CGY

SJS – 3 times

10/4 – VGK

11/2 – VAN

12/7 – at TBL

LAK – 8 times

10/9 – at VAN

10/17 – BUF

10/27 – at CHI

11/9 – at MTL

11/18 – at ARI

11/25 – SJS

11/29 – at SJS

12/23 – STL

ANA – 4 times

10/22 – at NSH

11/18 – at WSH

11/29 – WPG

1/9 – DAL

Eastern Conference

BOS – 1 time
12/05 vs Chicago

TBL – 2 times
10/10 @ Florida

11/30 vs Carolina

TOR – 3 times
11/10 @ Chicago

11/16 @ Pittsburgh

01/06 vs Edmonton

FLA – 8 times
10/08 vs Carolina

10/28 @ Vancouver

11/12 @ Boston (won game)*

11/21 vs Anaheim (won game in OT)*

11/24 vs Buffalo

12/14 vs Boston

12/23 @ Tampa

01/04 @ Buffalo

BUF – 7 times/ 2 Back-to-Backs
10/24 @ NYR

11/01 @ Washington

11/17 @ Chicago
11/19 vs Minnesota

12/17 @ Toronto
12/19 @ Philadelphia

12/27 vs Boston

MTL – 2 times
11/02 @ Dallas

12/05 vs Colorado

DET – 6 times/1 Back to Back
11/02 @ Florida

11/06 @ NYR

11/27 vs Toronto

12/15 vs LA

12/21 @ Toronto
12/22 vs Arizona

WSH – 7 times
10/14 vs Colorado

11/11 vs Arizona

11/15 vs Montreal

11/20 @ NYR

12/16 @ Columbus

12/23 @ Boston

01/11 vs New Jersey

PIT – 3 times/ 1 Back to Back
10/19 vs Vegas

11/04 @ Boston
11/07 @ NYI (Won 4-3 in OT)*

NYI – 5 times
11/16 @ Philadelphia (Won 4-3 in SO)*

11/25 @ Anaheim

12/03 @ Montreal

12/07 @ Dallas

01/04 @ Toronto

CAR – 7 times/ 2 Back to Backs
10/18 @ Anaheim

11/09 @ Ottawa

11/27 @ NYR
11/29 vs Nashville

12/21 vs Florida
12/23 @ Toronto

01/05 vs Tampa

PHI – 5 times
10/29 @ Pittsburgh

12/11 @ Colorado

12/28 @ San Jose

12/31 @ LA

01/04 @ Vegas

CBJ – 3 times
10/30 vs Edmonton

11/02 vs Calgary

12/07 @ Florida

NYR – 5 times
10/20 vs Vancouver

11/14 @ Tampa

11/23 @ Montreal (Won 6-5)*

12/02 vs Vegas

12/31 @ Edmonton

NJD – 6 times, 1 Back to Back
10/9 – at PHI

10/12 – at BOS

11/8 – at EDM

11/30 – NYR
12/2 – at BUF

1/4 – COL

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9 Comments

  1. Mike G

    Always enjoy when you “dig” in to things Ken. My concerns aren’t necessarily the 3-0 deficits but more about that they came at home and against a bottom feeder on a back to back night and against a team basically starting it’s AHL roster. I’m very concerned about their woe’s at T Mobile. I have this feeling that you will start seeing massive visiting team crowds again as local ticket holders decide to sell off tickets rather than pay premium prices to watch your team sleepwalk through a game. I honestly think this homestand and especially those last 2 losses cost them any chance of winning the division this year

  2. DOC Williams

    Yes! Too much time, spent on, yet again, stats!!!!! 🙂 How about using some of that time writing down meaningful questions to ask Gallant? Still love ya Ken.

    • Give me a list of questions you want asked to him.

      • DOC Williams

        Well Ken ….. Here’s one suggestion of a questions that most of us would like answered: WHY !!!!! When Gallant says we just didn’t skate tonight or We were like playing in sand or We didn’t get off to a good start (again) etc…. Ask him WHY is that coach. WHY are these things REPEATEDLY happening. WHY >>> WHY >>> WHY !!!!! OR WHAT are YOU going to do about it!!!!!!!!! We are just tired of his standard answers, with no one calling him out about it!!! (Oh, regarding the ridiculous ticket prices. Knights just announced a 13% INCREASE for next season).

        • STEPHANIE

          I feel the Knights have priced the original sth out of the arena .the ones that got them the hockey team .even friends that have six fig.jobs are feeling the pinch and pretty soon will be replaced by corporate companies buying their tickets .That’s disturbing to me .what happened to caring about the real fans

  3. Tim

    Ken you usually have good points this article isn’t one of them. I could care less what teams fell into the same deep hole I’m only concerned about us trying to climb out of that deep dark hole. The fact is their paid professionals and theirs always an excuse no sense visiting all the excuses were all aware of the. =Here’s a fact I’ve lived in Las Vegas since my army discharge in 1965 and I’ve seen Vegas burnout with losers. When Tark was here the place was packed since 1991 he’s been gone check out basketball attendees. College football started here in 1968 and has never done well. When they first started the talk was oh we’ll be in the Pack 10 in 5 years well 50 years later there still a bottom feeder in the Mountain West. George and Kelly better wise up these full houses with outrageous pricing will go the way of the dinosaur.
    I’m only interested in seeing the team play hard win or lose but this years version of the Knights are like children always with an excuse. My wife and I start watching all the games we get down two or three who in there right mind are going to continue watching the onslaught. Time to flip the channel to a movie because we don’t have the fire power to come back.

  4. Tim – spoken like a true military man – no BS – their well paid professionals just do what you are being paid to do – play hard win or lose no excuses.

    More often than not the less said the better.

  5. DOC Williams

    Well Ken ….. Here’s one suggestion of a questions that most of us would like answered: WHY !!!!! When Gallant says we just didn’t skate tonight or We were like playing in sand or We didn’t get off to a good start (again) etc…. Ask him WHY is that coach. WHY are these things REPEATEDLY happening. WHY >>> WHY >>> WHY !!!!! OR WHAT are YOU going to do about it!!!!!!!!! We are just tired of his standard answers, with no one calling him out about it!!! (Oh, regarding the ridiculous ticket prices. Knights just announced a 13% INCREASE for next season).

  6. DOC Williams

    Right or wrong ….. Gallant is gone. Very shocking!!! But at least, no more BS answers at pressers hopefully!!!! Replaced by the guy Gallant called an idiot (or something like that), last year. Ironic indeed!

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