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SEATTLE KRAKEN 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (16-5-1, 33 PTS)

The Golden Knights hosted the Seattle Kraken for the first of a back-to-back set at T-Mobile Arena. The Kraken opened the scoring 2:38 into the game and took a 2-0 advantage six minutes later. Vegas worked their way back and evened the score at 2-2 before the 1st intermission.

Like the 1st period, Seattle came out strong and scored in the opening five minutes of the middle frame. The Kraken would later double their lead late in the 2nd period and held a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of action.

The offense dried up for both teams in the 3rd period. Vegas went scoreless over the final 40 minutes, mustering only six shots on net in the frame.

The Golden Knights record drops to (16-5-1) falling to the Kraken 4-2. It was Vegas’ first loss to Seattle in franchise history. The Golden Knights get right back to work tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P PT. (Recap by Jason)

(Analysis/Tweets by SinBin.vegas community)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 OTTAWA SENATORS (16-4-1, 33 PTS)

The Golden Knights returned home from Western Canada for a Thanksgiving eve matchup against the Ottawa Senators. Former Senator Mark Stone gave his current team a 1-0 advantage with a 1st period power play goal. Ottawa scored on the PP as well locking in a 1-1 tie after the opening twenty minutes.

This season’s most surprising player William Carrier weaved in and out through Ottawa’s defense to regain the lead for Vegas late in the middle frame. Carrier’s 7th goal of the season made it 2-1 Vegas after two periods.

William Karlsson didn’t wait long in the final period to add more offense. Karlsson roofed a backhanded shot past the Senators goalie, taking a two goal edge. In the final minutes, Jack Eichel scored a long-distance empty netter to seal Vegas’ victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to (16-4-1) defeating the senators 4-1. Vegas will next face Seattle on Friday evening from The Fortress. Puck drop against the Kraken is scheduled for 5P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

(Analysis/Tweets by Kevin Iole @KevinI)

Goalie Interference – Season 2 Episode 8 – November 22, 2022

Goalie Interference is brought to you weekly by the Jimmerson Law Firm. The Jimmerson Law Firm is one of Las Vegas’s preeminent law firms, specializing in high-stakes business, civil and family litigation.  When winning matters, seek out The Jimmerson Law Firm.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4 (15-4-1, 31 PTS)

The Golden Knights took a short trip from Alberta to British Columbia for a road matchup against the Canucks. Vancouver thought they had taken the first lead of the game but coach Bruce Cassidy challenged the goal and the officials ruled in his favor. The game was scoreless after the opening twenty minutes.

Vancouver officially took the lead midway through the middle frame waking up Vegas’ offense. Jack Eichel flung the puck on net and Mark Stone deflected in the game-tying goal. Less than a minute left, William Carrier scored the go ahead goal assisted again by Eichel. The Golden Knights carried a 2-1 advantage into the 2nd intermission.

The Canucks came out red hot in the final frame, scoring three straight goals in the opening 6:11 of the period. However, Vegas stormed back. Trailing 4-2, Carrier got his team within one, scoring his second of the game and Reilly Smith jammed in the equalizer. The Golden Knights believed they had taken the lead but Mark Stone’s goal was waived off. Minutes later Alex Pietrangelo scored cleanly for the game winning goal.

The Golden Knights record improves to (15-4-1) defeating the Canucks 5-4 in Vancouver. Vegas will next face the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night from the Fortress. Puck drop is scheduled for 7P PT. (Recap by Jason)

(Analysis/Tweets by Kevin Janison)

Teams With Opposite Starts To The Season Crash Tonight In Vancouver

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Saturday’s game in Edmonton didn’t end like the Golden Knights had planned. In reality, when superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl score in the same game, picking up a point isn’t half bad. With a win tonight in Vancouver, Vegas will have a chance to return home with three of a possible four divisional points. Not bad for a two game set against Pacific teams scratching and clawing for wins.

Okay, it’s not a five game, eleven day road trip to the East Coast but traveling to Western Canada can be a challenge. Rewind back to last season when the Golden Knights were chasing instead of leading the division. Edmonton and Vancouver pitched in by spoiling Vegas’ 2021-22 playoff dreams. In three crucial games in mid-April, Vegas left Western Canada with on win.

This season the tables have turned. At the moment, Vegas has a 96% chance to qualify for the playoffs, Vancouver has a bleak 21% chance. There’s no sugar-coating it, the Canucks have had a nightmare start to the season. Just picture the complete opposite of the Golden Knights first 19 games. Not only does losing suck but each Vancouver loss is followed with unpleasant questions about coach dismissals, player fire sales and underachieving personnel. From this point going forward Vancouver will have to outperform the entire division for a sniff of a playoff run.

We know who are next opponents are. You keep the shots to the outside. Most of them won’t go in.-Bruce Boudreau, Canucks coach

For the Golden Knights, it’s another opportunity to separate themselves from another club in the Pacific. So far, the Golden Knights have earned at least one point in five of six divisional matchups. If they pick up any more tonight, Vegas will have points against each Pacific team with the exception of Calgary. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until late February for a second battle with the Flames.

EDMONTON OILERS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 IN OT (14-4-1, 29 PTS)

The Golden Knights traveled to Edmonton for a Saturday night matchup against the Oilers. Edmonton jumped out to a quick start, taking the 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the 1st period. Vegas had multiple opportunities on the power play but couldn’t find the back of the net. Late in the period, depth forward Keegan Kolesar evened the score to take a 1-1 tie into the 1st intermission.

The middle period started out great for Vegas when Mark Stone scored the tie-breaking goal on a penalty shot. Unfortunately, six minutes later Leon Draisaitl beat Adin Hill on a goal that could have been stopped. Vegas’ penalty kill worked hard to keep the game tight and locked in a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes of action.

Edmonton began the penalty on the power play and took advantage of the opportunity. The Oilers took a 3-2 lead deep into the period when Stone tied the game once again with his second goal of the game. The contest needed to be decided in overtime. Connor McDavid skated through the defense and flipped one over Adin Hill for the two points.

The Golden Knights record drops to (14-4-1) losing to the Oilers 4-3 in OT. Vegas will take a short trip to Vancouver for a matchup against the Canucks on Monday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 730P PT. (Recap by Jason)

(Analysis/Tweets by Mike McKenna)

Injury Talk w/ Dr. Pinegar Twitter Space – November 18th, 2022

Dr. Pinegar from Crovetti Othopaedics joins Ken to chat about the current state of VGK injuries. We talk about the most important thing so far, avoiding injuries, and then delve into Nic Roy’s tweak and Brossoit and Lehner’s hips. Then, we help a couple locals with their own injuries.

If you are suffering from an injury, please visit CrovettiOrtho.com and request an appointment.

To listen to the entire conversation, the recording on Twitter is below.

Dissecting VGK’s Underperforming Penalty Kill System

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One of the few sore spots for the Golden Knights to this point in the season has been their penalty kill. Operating at just 75% efficiency, the Vegas kill has allowed 10 goals and some important ones.

Similar to the defensive structure, a system overhaul was put in place this season on the penalty kill with assistant coach John Stevens taking the reins.

The Golden Knights play a much more passive system than they had been deploying under Pete DeBoer. It’s also multiple, meaning it doesn’t look the same against every single opponent.

In DeBoer’s highly aggressive system, the Golden Knights would take away the pass across the blue line in an effort to contain the puck to one side of the ice. Then, they’d use angles and stick position to find numbers advantages in order to take away the puck. In the new system, there’s a set plan in place, but it can change from game to game. Head coach Bruce Cassidy gave a pair of examples from recent games.

When there’s a true elbow shooter like (Tage) Thompson in Buffalo we would rather avoid that one. They ended up getting the shot they wanted and scored. When Toronto was here with (Auston) Matthews and (Mitch) Marner on the elbows, we would rather give (Morgan) Rielly the shot from the middle and deal with the screen and tip in front. -Cassidy

When they identify a particular strength of the team, they look to alter the system slightly in order to take away that option. Regularly though, the plan is to make sure the shots come from outside of the faceoff dots.

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Goalie Interference – Season 2 Episode 7 – November 16, 2022

The winning streak is over and we’re discussing some of the issues in the recent games. From slot battles to penalty kill to offense generation we dive into what was going right and recently isn’t. And, how much of any of it is a blip on the radar or a real concern moving forward?

Goalie Interference is brought to you weekly by the Jimmerson Law Firm. The Jimmerson Law Firm is one of Las Vegas’s preeminent law firms, specializing in high-stakes business, civil and family litigation.  When winning matters, seek out The Jimmerson Law Firm.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (14-4-0 28 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to snap their two-game losing streak against the Central Division’s Arizona Coyotes. Vegas had two power play opportunities, but Arizona fought them off and kept the game scoreless through 20 minutes.

The Coyotes continued to frustrate the Golden Knights in the middle frame however they kept committing penalties. Alex Pietrangelo took advantage of the 5-on-4 and gave Vegas the opening lead of the game. After 40 minutes the home team was ahead 1-0.

William Carrier doubled Vegas’ lead :31 second into the 3rd period. The depth winger scored his 4th goal of the season to give VGK a 2-0 advantage. Mark Stone stretched Vegas’ lead to 3-0, picking up his sixth goal of the season. Arizona would break the shutout with a 3rd period goal of their own but Reilly Smith regained Vegas’ three goal lead.

The Golden Knights record improves to 14-4-0 defeating the Coyotes 4-1. Vegas will hit the road to play the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop in Edmonton is scheduled for 7P PT on Saturday night. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It wasn’t the prettiest game for the Golden Knights but they definitely played well enough to get across the line against a terrible team. It took a few individual efforts, solid goaltending, and decent in-zone defense to get it done. Nothing to be too excited about but take the points. (Recap by Ken)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Nic Roy
** William Carrier
* Alex Pietrangelo

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