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Second Half Schedule Allows Vegas To Enter The Playoffs Well Rested

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Since January 27th, the Golden Knights have had 16 days off and suited up for only six periods of game action. It may not seem like much, but it allows for the reigning champions to heal, prepare, and most importantly rest up for their final 30 regular season games and their perennial deep postseason run.

The Golden Knights have played 156 games since October 11th, 2022, so any extra days off should be taken advantage of.

We haven’t (rested players) other than maybe late in the year. Would I do it in the middle of January? Probably not. First of all, players don’t want to come out of the lineup even when they’re hurt, so there’s dealing with that part of it. -Bruce Cassidy, September 2023

It goes without saying, playing an extended amount of hockey is what every fan and player dreams of when a new season begins. However, a deep run can interrupt a reigning champion’s repeat attempt.

When the Avalanche were eliminated in seven games to the Seattle Kraken last year, it was their 191st game played since October of 2021. Their short summer full of celebrating in ’22 was anything but that ten months later. With the spacing out of VGK’s final 30 contests, it’s possible rest can keep them off the golf course until mid-June.

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Last summer was the second time Vegas’ offseason was cut short, and it didn’t benefit them the following year. Coming off their five-game loss to Washington in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights had high expectations in 2018-19. Unfortunately, they were unfairly ousted in the first round. Just like last season’s Avalanche team. In 2019, then Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy decided to rest players down the stretch of the regular season. It would only make sense for him to implement that same strategy with his current team’s lineup. Especially, after playing almost 190 games by the opening round.

Back in September, Cassidy hinted at not resting Mark Stone throughout the season. The captain has proven to be as healthy as he’s been in two seasons. On Monday, he’ll be playing in his 75th straight game. Clearly, the ample amount of healing time from back surgery last January has kept Stone on the ice and as effective as ever. Don’t look now but the Golden Knights leader is on pace for the most points of his career. It’s possible injury management and rest in the winter of 2023 will continue to pay off in 2024.

Another benefit to the Golden Knights’ remaining 30-game schedule is their limited number of back-to-backs. Vegas will only have to face two back-to-back situations in the second half. Later this month, VGK will take on the Sharks in San Jose and travel right back home for a game the following day with the Nashville Predators. More than a month later, the reigning champions will play in St. Louis against the Blues and turn around and battle the Predators 24 hours thereafter.

By then, the Golden Knights should be fresh, in a premium playoff position, and beginning to prepare for their title defense.

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26 Comments

  1. JB

    I think we will end up with 105 – 110 points. Maybe more if our injured guys come back sooner. Probably not enough to win the division but maybe 2nd?

  2. Rashaad

    Vancouver lost in overtime this afternoon so that helps.

  3. Would have been nice if Ducks could have protected one of their three one goal leads last night .. refs sure didn’t help their cause!!

  4. knights fan in minny

    lots of outlets reporting the nucks are considering.phil the thrill

  5. JB

    Yea, Vancouver two losses one point. They could start to fade some , especially if they are going for Phil. Love the guy but his best days are well behind him.

  6. Tim

    Good news Theadore on the ice with a non-contact jersey. With our light schedule he should be ready in a week or two,

  7. ThG

    another jinx article by king author of jinx articles
    what is
    difference between a jinx and a curse ?

  8. Mark it on your calendar… Shea returns a week from tonight against the Hurricanes.. ‘so let it be written so let it be done’

  9. JB

    Edmonton goes down last night!

    • Ts

      Glad i’m not a gambler..I’d have lost my paycheck on the game. Niners forgot to shut and lock the door in the 2nd half, and let KC back in…

  10. JB

    Yes Chiefs! I made some nice pocket change on that win!!!

    • Ts

      I’m glad I’m not a gambler…woulda lost my paycheck on that game! Niners forgot to SHUT the DOOR in the 2nd half…

  11. JB

    Back at it tonight! Flurey in net?

  12. ThG

    patera likely in

    look at politics in sports, don’t tell me it’s not in sports. This went over flatter than a pancake. NFL trying to impose it’s will on fans, fans just say no

    https://thepatriotchronicles.com/news-for-you/watch-what-happens-when-nfl-plays-black-national-anthem-at-superbowl-videos/

    • Jose

      Patera starting is the dumbest take I have ever heard.

      Also, the Minnesota Wild are afraid to start Fluery against the Stanley Cup champions.

      It will be Adin Hill vs Filip Gustavsson.

      Book it.

      • ThG

        the dumbest take here is you, it was posted by one of the media, clown face

        https://theblast.com/577734/reba-mcentires-national-anthem-performance-shocks-fans/

        • Jose

          I didn’t say that Patera is likely starting is a dumb take because you said it. I said it because it’s a stupid thing to believe. If you were dumb enough to believe it from wherever you read it then that’s your problem. Idiot. Do you believe everything the media tells you? Where did you get that report, on CNN? Moron! Why would Patera be starting if they don’t have another game until Saturday? Smarten up. Lots of fake news out there. I thought you knew that. Be better next time. I’ll let this one go.

          • ThG

            learn how to read Jose, or go back to what ever third world nation you came from, if you are living here know the language and how to communicate with people.

            the op says Petera is likely in, doesn’t say he is starting, just that he’s in the line up

            hasta la vista, pendagno (a)?

  13. anand

    It has been confirmed by Bruce Cassidy that Adin Hill will start tonight.

    https://x.com/SinBinVegas/status/1757136697236816019?s=20

  14. anand

    It has been confirmed that Filip Gustavsson will be the starting goalie for the Minnesota Wild.

    https://x.com/SinBinVegas/status/1757134192679477545?s=20

  15. JB

    Yea, I don’t think Flurey wants to get embarrassed in front of his old fans!

  16. Jose

    THG, I don’t expect you to admit you’re wrong, you still think Pastor Melissa Scott was not a porn star. Why would you start admitting you are wrong now? I just enjoy calling you out and then reading your posts about how cunty you get about it. It’s a small bit of entertainment for me and I appreciate you providing it. Thank you.

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