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The All VGK Killer Team

Thursday’s preseason game was so miserable to watch a fellow writer and I started trying to come up with all of the players that have given the Golden Knights fits over the first four seasons. This idea was born out of the fact that VGK were making Nick Schmaltz look like an offense driving machine for a few shifts in a row and we thought, he’d fit right in with some of the names that kill the Golden Knights.

Of course, Schmaltz’s run of dominance didn’t last long (if it even lasted at all, he just popped for a shift or two and that was enough to catch my attention during that dreadful game), but players just like him have had success against the Golden Knights in meaningful games.

This team is built of players that have actually had an impact on helping their team beat the Golden Knights. Unlike players like Evander Kane, Tom Wilson, and Antoine Roussel who are just annoying and usually hurt their team.

Without further ado, here’s the All VGK Killer Team from the first four years of the Golden Knights’ existence.

1st Line
Kyle Connor-Anze Kopitar-David Perron

This is a legit 1st line, centered by the man who has more points against the Golden Knights than anyone else, Anze Kopitar. His 21 points in 21 games are five better than any other player in the league and he’s added a couple more in the playoffs. Connor has also thrashed the Golden Knights on the scoresheet, posting eight goals and five assists for 13 points in just eight games. Like Kopitar, he’s also scored a goal and an assist on VGK in the playoffs. Then, there’s the one and only David Perron. It seems like it’s a life goal to ruin the night of every Vegas fan every time he’s at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights have shut him down from time to time, but this list wouldn’t be complete without him.

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Coyotes Howlin’ Again

You already know that I love Anthony Duclair. Last night with 10 mins left in the first period Ducliar netted his second goal on Ducks backup Anton Khudobin. Less than 3 minutes later, fellow stud rookie Max Domi ended Khudobin’s night with a nasty backhand making it 3-0. Oh, and just because he can, the 20 year old Duclair added a third in the second period for his first career hat trick.

As I mentioned the other day, the youth on this Arizona team is as good as it gets. Like scary good, and remember this was the team that was one pick away from drafting Jack Eichel. However they’re taking the NHL and the Pacific division by storm. Beating the Ducks and Kings on the road is not something that happens often for the Coyotes. With Domi and Duclair it might be more common.

Again the only reason I keep bringing up the Arizona is because of “the worst case scenario“. If Las Vegas is “stuck” with the relocated Coyotes, look out. Playoff runs might be sooner than predicted. In fact, a relocated Yotes team would be in the postseason much faster than an expansion team. But I know that’s also the fun of a brand new team. Arizona will slow down but keep an eye out for Domi and Duclair. Two fun rookies that’ll be tearing it up no matter what city they skate in.

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