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Quick Starts Continue Under Bruce Cassidy

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Two seasons ago the Golden Knights got off to their worst start in team history. VGK’s poor October and November ultimately cost them a spot in the postseason. Since Bruce Cassidy took the helm, the Stanley Cup champions are on top of the list of early performers.

Last year we noted Cassidy’s success in the early months of an 82-game regular season. While other coaches are forced to deal with an autumn stumble, the Stanley Cup-winning manager is annually daydreaming about home-ice advantage.

With Boston, Cassidy’s teams had a tendency to succeed early… In contrast, Pete DeBoer’s beaten up Vegas team had a .545 points percentage after their opening two months. If Cassidy’s hot start trend continues it could be the difference between the Golden Knights watching or fighting for a Stanley Cup. -SinBin.Vegas, July 2022

For the record, we were going to hold off on this article until the Golden Knights reached the desired sample size of games. We said screw it, the reigning Stanley Cup champs are undefeated through their first six games of 2023-24. That’s enough evidence for us.

Cassidy’s Early Season Points %

  • 2017-18 BOS: .618 Pts%
  • 2018-19 BOS: .694 Pts%
  • 2019-20 BOS: .872 Pts%
  • 2020-21 BOS: .722 Pts%
  • 2021-22 BOS: .600 Pts%
  • 2022-23 VGK: .800 Pts%
  • 2023-24 VGK: 1.000 Pts%

There’s no need to rehash the value of getting off to a hot start. Most Western Conference teams to qualify for the postseason were in good shape by November 1st. It’s simple math, quick starts help alleviate the pressure down the stretch. Chasing teams all season could cause certain Golden Knights to be overused and the need to rely on slightly injured players in the lineup. Having a cushion alliviates all of that.

Pacific Playoff Teams By November 1st, 2022

  • Vegas: 9-2-0 (18 Points) .812 Points%
  • Edmonton: 7-3-0 (14 Points) .720 Points%
  • Seattle: 5-4-2 (12 Points) .545 Points%
  • LA: 6-6-0 (12 Points) .500 Points%

There are several demanding games in November. The Golden Knights will see Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, and Vancouver for the first time this season. They’ll have rematchs with Dallas, LA, and Winnipeg too. Stuck in the middle of the month is a five-game, 12-day road trip. It’ll be a challenging month, to say the least. However, it’s unlikely Cassidy’s early-season trend will fall apart.

Realistically, the Golden Knights could begin the season 11-0-0 before they face the Avalanche on November 4th. Combine Cassidy and a healthy lineup and Vegas should have no problem picking up points against most teams they’ll face in October and November.

Trust the champs to worry about the last four months later. They’ve got even better trends to continue in May and June.




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  1. Jailbird

    Tuesday is Philly. They are physical and playing well. If we don’t bring our B+/A game, it will be tuff. But if playing well, we are better than them and should beat them. We will se!

  2. THE hockey GOD

    i don’t now why shin lim keeps showing up when I type in sin bin !? HELLO !!!
    I don’t go to freaking magic shows, bunch of BS. Once I did , a long time ago. Sat in front seat and you can see all the fake doors and stuff. Magic, bah. FAKE .

    Anyway, the sTRAT o MATIC hockey cards finally arrived. I got panthers, bruins, oilers, maple leafs, vegas and carolina. All top teams. I will be comparing the VGK cards to others. Needless to say the cards are based upon whole year of stats. And Bruins came out very well. They give a limited edition of players. For example, two goalies only. And five d men, based upon number of games. So no Whitecloud (one could purchase the “extra players” set, but I didn’t do that). And no Brett Howden, got Amadio instead. In all fairness Amadio did play more games and got more goales. He played about 10 more games, got 16 goals to Howden’s 6 goals.

    Will start with goalies comparison at later date. At first glance I thought VGK players cards got the shaft, but drilling down deeper will expose if that is true or not. Some simulation games may also shed some light.

    • The Devil's Advocate

      We thought you went away for good, you POS. What happened, did your Mom have you in a time out or something? LOL

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