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New Power Play Setup Paying Dividends For Golden Knights’ Top Unit

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21.7%. That’s the Golden Knights’ power play percentage this season, the 13th best rate in the NHL. It’s just 0.3% off the franchise high-water mark which was set in the 71-game 2019-20 season.

We may not quite be at the point to say the Vegas power play has completely turned it around, but there’s no question it can be scratched off the weaknesses tab, where it has been atop the list for quite some time.

The Golden Knights have scored at least one power play goal in seven of the last ten games, including three in a row, and they have outscored their opponents on special teams in six of the last ten.

I think there’s some chemistry developing. In the middle of the power play they are able to adjust better to what the other team is doing than they were last year, or more willing. More willing to move around and play different positions on the power play but still maintaining the structure of the 1-3-1. -Bruce Cassidy

Movement has been something missing for an awfully long tme and it appears the new setup the Golden Knights rolled out during the Eastern road swing has seemed to unlock it.

With Chandler Stephenson out of the lineup for two games to start off that trip, the Golden Knights were forced to bump William Karlsson up to the first unit. In doing so, they opted to shift Mark Stone to the bumper role and swap sides of the ice with Jonathan Marchessault and Jack Eichel.

So, rather than…

Stone
Eichel-Stephenson-Marchessault
Pietrangelo

The Golden Knights are now using…

Karlsson
Marchessault-Stone-Eichel
Pietrangelo

It’s a good setup. Petro has the one-timer up top if I feed it to him and Marchy has the one-timer if I can get it through the seam, and I can also shoot coming downhill too. It just gives us a lot of options. It’s been working good. -Jack Eichel

The biggest difference has been how the puck reacts on Eichel’s stick when he’s on his off-side as opposed to the strong side. On the left, where he used to be, Eichel was known to hold onto the puck for longer periods of time waiting for the pass into the bumper or through the seam. But on the other side, he’s moving the puck much quicker which has been more effective for the unit as a whole.

We’re going through the checklist and we’re hitting them better than we did probably last year. I think we forced more plays and were more predictable last year. -Cassidy

The current setup also offers something unique that not many power plays in the league have, three right-handed players through the middle band of the unit. Marchessault, Stone, and Eichel are all shoot with their right-hand which gives Vegas a look Cassidy was fearful of from one of the better units of the past.

It reminds me of Winnipeg years ago when they had Laine, Scheifele, and Wheeler. I thought they were as dangerous as any power play. They used the bumper and the seam and as long as their spacing was good one guy couldn’t cover both so it made it tough on the net front D. -Cassidy

Since making the change, Vegas has converted on 9 of 43 power plays. That’s almost identical to their season average. But, they’ve seen an increase in just about every metric. On a per 60 basis since December 14th, the VGK power play is up 13 shot attempts, 7 shots on goal, 1.7 expected goals, 14 scoring chances, and 11 high-danger chances.

The new-look power play is cooking, and it appears it’s here to stay.

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35 Comments

  1. Alex

    Means nothing when they have a minor league goalie in Thompson

    • jeff

      Yea he is horrible 5th in GAA and 7th is SV%…..Should defiantly put him on waivers

    • knights fan in minny

      shut up shit for brains crawl back to your dump apartment in the ghetto loser

      • alex

        You out of state morons with no Vegas ties are not real fans

        • knights fan in minny

          i bet i have been to more games then you shit head

          • alex

            Zero chance of that…I go to 3-4 a month – I share season seats with another couple. Stick to the squalor of your trailer in the snow

          • knights fan in minny

            you don’t go to any games i can tell by your comments you have no clue about hockey stick to thug ball dumb ass

    • knights fan in minny

      you need fucking glasses stupid

    • knights fan in minny

      your comments mean nothing you malt liquor drinking piece of shit alex the loser

  2. Ken must be watching a different power play then I am seeing.. I don’t see nearly as much movement as is necessary..losing faceoffs and not settling ip is another issue.. having Theodore out is a major issue… what I would do.. which they will NEVER do.. is take Petro off the first unit and put Whitecloud there.. he has a more accurate shot and is shiftier on his skates.

  3. ThG

    get the power play off the EV bull shit

    for once

  4. ThG

    best internet post of the day

    “When a Democrat talks about free speech, he means his speech, not yours.”

    oh yeah, let’s get this out of the way today
    cotter
    Pavel Dorofeyev.
    cotter
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    Pavel Dorofeyev.

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    etc
    etc etc
    ad nauseam

    • TS

      So: you BLAST Dems, ckaiming it’s only about their Free speech, not yours, and THEN in the NEXT sentence, you YOURSELF BLAST another’s comments ” ad nauseum”?? Tell us again about Free Speech(.only YOURS, apparently), dude. Explain how that works . Again I ask: HYPOCRITE, THG??

  5. UK-VGK

    Send our love from the uk, to the VGK family.

  6. ThG

    idiots in neo fascist
    DOJ
    sues space X for hiring Americans. Another case proving DEMocrats are the stupidest people on the planet.

  7. ThG

    share the word

    • alex

      Another total fraud…said the world would end in the 1980s…total charlatan tv fake preacher…wrote a laughable cult tome called late great planet earth…

      You are so unsophisticated and gullible… These tv frauds love you types

      • ThG

        more lies from over 40 years ago now ?

        he’s talking about your favorite subject matter, whores. so stop your whining KArEn

        his exact words were in late great planet earth ” Lindsey predicted that “the decade of the 1980s could very well be the last decade of history as we know it”. The Late Great Planet Earth”. Note the operative key word “could”.

        and you could be Satan. There I turned it back on the creepy stalker poster here.

        • Alex

          Don’t forget his FOUR divorces too, you gullible sheep.

          You are busted again!

          • knights fan in minny

            what about the sheep you have in your bed alex the malt liquor king of vegas

      • knights fan in minny

        just like your idol al gore said florida would be under water you democrat dumb fuck alex

      • knights fan in minny

        a fraud like your idol rev al sharpy

  8. ThG

    if this doesn’t say fuck joe biden, and his draconian, illegal dictates. And the demopedophile party that supports him. I don’t know what does.

    he House voted Wednesday evening in favor of legislation striking down federal regulations targeting gas-powered vehicles which, according to the White House, are designed to “accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.”

    In a 221-197 vote, the House approved the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act with 216 Republicans and five Democrats voting in favor. A group of more than a dozen Republican lawmakers, led by Reps. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., introduced the legislation in July in response to the Biden administration’s tailpipe emissions regulations unveiled months earlier.

    “The passage of the CARS Act is a massive victory for every consumer and the entire American auto industry,” Walberg told Fox News Digital. “Biden’s mandate has always been unrealistic, and a textbook study on how central planning and Bidenomics simply do not work. Mandating EVs has never been a responsible or affordable solution.”

    “Americans should always have the option to buy whatever car suits them the best and the House has taken a massive step toward ensuring that opportunity still exists,” he added.

    The POWER PLAY LIVES !!!

  9. Tim

    When you think it could’t get worse it does. Bad enough with THG rambling on now Alex is trying to one up him. Alex all this so in so isn’t from Las Vegas not a fan etc. is total bullshit. I’ve been here since my army discharge in 1965 and have had 3 generations born here so pal I’ve been here since you were a twinkle in your old man or grandpa’s eye. I wouldn’t throw stones if you don’t have a clue and this constant negativity shows just how child like you are. Take your 15 minutes of fame elsewhere it gets real old.

    • knights fan in minny

      dumb shit alex will never leave he gets some sick kick posting stupid stuff to get a reaction

  10. JB

    Hey guys ….. ummm …..our team plays a hockey game tonight! Anybody interested in that? Go Knights Go!

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