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EDMONTON OILERS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (42-28-8, 92 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Edmonton for a late-season Pacific Division battle against the Oilers. Vegas goaltender Adin Hill started in net for the first time since late March and was tested early. Midway through the period the Oilers took the opening lead and carried it into the first intermission.

Edmonton’s offense continued to produce in the second frame. The Oilers scored two goals in a short span, taking a 3-0 advantage into the break.

The Oilers took a 4-0 lead 6:50 into the final frame but Vegas got it back :60 seconds later. Keegan Kolesar snapped the Oilers shutout with his seventh goal of the season on the penalty kill. Edmonton added another to finish off Vegas 5-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-28-8 falling to the Oilers 5-1 in Edmonton. Next up, Vegas will host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Puck drop against the Wild is scheduled for 7 PM.  (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights lacked just about every necessary element it takes to beat the Edmonton Oilers, even without McDavid. They did not have much of a forecheck, they did not control the puck in the offensive zone, and they relied on transition when the Oilers were committed to taking it away. The biggest concern for VGK that comes from this game is the fact that they aren’t dominating the Oilers at 5-on-5 anymore. (Analysis by Ken)

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #310: Favorite Things

The Golden Knights are almost to the finish line of the regular season. The picture has made it clearer that it’s likely one of three teams, but VGK’s play and health leave lots of question marks. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

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  • What to do with the goalies down the stretch and into the playoffs
  • Defensemen have taken a step back
  • Hertl’s first game
  • Jack… EICHEL
  • VGK’s favorite things baskets
  • Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate bars

And much more…

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Tomas Hertl’s Hot And Cold Debut Revealed How Bruce Cassidy Intends To Use Him

(Photo from of @GoldenKnights on Twitter)

The long-awaited debut of Tomas Hertl finally came last night and it was a bit of a mixed bag for the Czech.

Hertl logged a massive 20:20 on 21 shifts in his first game as a Golden Knight including time on the power play, penalty kill, and a pair of mega shifts (1:45 and 2:05) down the stretch with Vegas chasing the game-tying goal.

I wasn’t bad, but I know I will be better. After 10 weeks sometimes I lost my legs or a couple of easy pucks and hopefully that won’t happen moving forward. But it was nice to be back on the ice. -Hertl.

Despite starting, and playing most of his time, on the left wing with Chandler Stephenson and Michael Amadio, Hertl was active in the faceoff circle. He took eight faceoffs and won five of them. This was the first place in which we saw a true specialist utilization of Hertl by Bruce Cassidy.

With 3:47 left in the game, following a TV timeout, and VGK trailing by one, Cassidy created a super-line of Hertl, Jack Eichel, and Jonathan Marchessault. Hertl went into the circle to take the faceoff but was tossed out by the lineman for an apparent false start. Eichel lost the ensuing draw to J.T. Miller and the line was unable to generate anything offensively.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (42-27-8, 92 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights didn’t take long to jump on the scoreboard first in the opening period. Jack Eichel notched his 28th and 29th goal of the season in the first eight minutes of the frame. Later in the period, the Golden Knights took two costly penalties. Vancouver took advantage and tied the game 2-2 before the break. 

The track meet between both teams continued in the middle frame. Noah Hanifin snapped the 2-2 tie on the power play midway through the period. Vancouver came right back scoring two goals to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission. 

The third period was tight with both teams limiting chances. Vegas pulled their goalie with under two minutes remaining but couldn’t find the game-tying goal. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 42-27-8 falling to the Canucks 4-3 in Vancouver. Vegas will next face the Edmonton Oilers in a possible playoff preview on Wednesday night. Puck drop in Edmonton is scheduled for 5:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: VGK got off to a quick start thanks to a struggling goaltender in the opposing net. They scored on each of their first two shots but it went south from there. A couple penalties put the Canucks right back in it, then VGK’s offense kind of shut off aside from one more power play goal. They looked stagnant in the O-Zone and didn’t have enough forecheck to get through a stingy Vancouver D. Two blown leads against a potential upcoming playoff opponent. (Analysis by Ken)

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Last 10 Games Typically Tell VGK’s Future In Playoffs

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

There’s always a belief in the NHL that it’s crucial to be hot going into the postseason. For the Golden Knights, it has absolutely proven to be the case in their five previous trips to the playoffs. In the four seasons they ended the year well, they went on extended runs to the Conference Final or beyond. In the two years they stumbled down the stretch, they missed the playoffs and were eliminated in the First Round.

Vegas is currently 3-1-0 in the first four of the final 10 games of this year’s regular season and they have a playoff berth all but officially wrapped up. There are games still on the schedule against two of the three possible opening-round opponents, Vancouver and Edmonton. Here’s a look back at the history of how the season finished and how it turned out.

2022-23
Last 10 Games: 6-1-3
Playoffs – 16-6 (Stanley Cup Champions)

The Golden Knights were winning and scoring in bunches down the stretch last season. They scored three or more goals in 11 of the final 13 games and posted at least four in eight of them. A pair of dominant wins over the Seattle Kraken ended the regular season and helped lock up the #1 seed in the Western Conference. That meant a home game to start the playoffs, which was a dud, a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg. VGK would go on to win each of the next four and start the Second Round with a win as well.

There were two games against an eventual playoff opponent in the final 20 games of the season, a pair of games played consecutively against the Oilers. VGK won in Edmonton and fell at home three days later.

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Pacific Leading Team Losing Confidence As Regular Season Wraps Up

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Less than a month ago, the Golden Knights were deemed a postseason bubble team. Panic set in, the losses were piling up and SinBin’s postgame Periscopes were getting longer. Today, the reigning Stanley Cup champions are three points from earning home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. Ignoring last night’s 7-4 blunder in Arizona, the Golden Knights have been performing at their best since opening the season with an 11-0-1 record.

There were about three or four plays, you’ve got to go through people, we weren’t going through people. In this game — and that’s a good wall team — they’re a team that holds on to pucks, so you have to go through people. We were caught in between. There were like four plays where if you go through the player, they probably don’t get the odd-man rush. I don’t know why they weren’t ready to play. -Rick Tocchet, VAN coach

After Vegas lopsided 6-3 victory over the Pacific division leader, the Canucks were noticeably shaken. The comments from Canucks players and coach Rick Tocchet had a hint of deep realization. It’s possible Vancouver internally acknowledged the Golden Knights are deeper and are better shaped for the playoffs.

The players know it and so does Tocchet.

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ARIZONA COYOTES 7 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (42-26-8, 92 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping to keep their seven-game point streak alive. Vegas was outshot 14-3 in the opening period, but their defense kept Arizona off the board. Through 20 minutes, the two teams were locked in a scoreless tie.

Vegas’ offense woke up out of their slumber in the middle frame. The Coyotes got on the board first, but it was all Golden Knights from there. First, Jack Eichel evened the score with his 27th goal of the season. William Karlsson followed up with his 27th a few shifts later. Minutes later Anthony Manta gave Vegas a two-goal lead and Chandler Stephenson extended it to 4-1 before the break.

Surprisingly, the Coyotes fought back in the final frame and scored six goals to completely flip the game on the Golden Knights. Vegas thought they had scored the game-winning goal when the score was 4-4 but the play was deemed offside. Arizona took the lead with five minutes remaining and added another and then another into the empty net to shock the Golden Knights 7-4.

The Golden Knights record drops 42-26-8 falling to the Coyotes 7-4 in Arizona. Vegas will next travel to Vancouver for a big divisional matchup with the Canucks on Monday night. Puck drop against the Pacific division leader is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It will go down as the worst collapse in the history of the team in a regular season game. The Golden Knights were in complete control, up 4-1 with 12 minutes left. Then, the train not only went off the tracks, it lit on fire and blew up. Logan Thompson allowed six goals in the 3rd period and VGK dropped a game against one of the worst teams in the league. Truly unbelievable. (Analysis by Ken)

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