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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (40-29-4 84 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a quick start taking a 2-0 lead in the first 6:40 of the game. Zach Whitecloud opened the scoring with his seventh of the season and Max Pacioretty added his 16th in his first game back from injury. Arizona cut the lead in half trailing Vegas 2-1 into the first intermission.

Evgenii Dadonov gave his team a 3-1 advantage just :38 seconds into the middle frame. The Golden Knights played well defensively and received timely goaltending from Robin Lehner.

Brayden McNabb extended Vegas’ lead in the final period scoring his third of the season. Jake Leschyshyn scored his second of the year and Jack Eichel recorded his 11th as a Golden Knight.

The Golden Knights record improves to 40-29-4 defeating the Coyotes 6-1. Vegas picks up another two points to total 84 with nine games remaining. The team will travel to Vancouver for their last divisional meeting with the Canucks on Tuesday night. Puck drop is set for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas didn’t even really have its best stuff and it was still plenty to get past one of the worst hockey teams the NHL has seen since VGK have been in the league. 2 points is 2 points though, just ask Dallas. (Recap by Ken)


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ARIZONA COYOTES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (29-19-4 62 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights began the first of a back-to-back with a matchup in Arizona. Vegas came into Glendale to take care of business, fly back home and prepare for the Colorado Avalanche. The Coyotes committed two penalties in the first five minutes of the game but the Golden Knights couldn’t take advantage.

The middle period started in a scoreless tie but midway through William Carrier gave Vegas the 1-0 lead with his eighth of the season. A few minutes later the Coyotes evened the game. After 40 minutes the game was locked in a 1-1 tie.

Arizona broke the tie early in the final frame taking a 2-1 advantage. Vegas had several quality chances down the stretch but struggled to find the back of the net. The Coyotes wrapped up the game with a late empty-net goal. Shockingly, the Golden Knights dropped two points in Arizona.

The Golden Knights record drops to 29-19-4 falling to the Coyotes 3-1. Vegas will have a quick turnaround as they host the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night. Puck drop is set for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis:  In the 1st, the Golden Knights controlled the game but were unable to stick a puck past Wedgewood. But, things turned in the 2nd, and despite scoring first, they were outworked by the Coyotes. Arizona earned themselves a couple of goals and the Golden Knights got more and more frustrated. In the end, it’s a pathetic loss on the road against the league’s worst team. (Recap by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (13-10-0 26 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights had no trouble scoring in Arizona. Jonathan Marchessault began the parade with his 10th and Max Pacioretty wristed in his 5th of the season. Pacioretty’s scored Vegas’ third power play goal in two games. After the opening 20 minutes the Golden Knights held a 2-1 lead. 

The offense blew up for Vegas in the 2nd period. Chandler Stephenson, Michael Amadio and Pacioretty all registered goals to stretch Vegas’ lead to 6-1. 

The 3rd period was useless and didn’t matter. Everyone skated around trying to not get hurt.

The Golden Knights record improves to 13-10-0 after dominating the Coyotes 7-1 Arizona. Vegas heads home for their next four games beginning with Calgary on Sunday night. Puck drop against the Flames is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Arizona Coyotes are horrendous. VGK did what any decent team in the NHL should do to them. (Recap by Ken)


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ARIZONA COYOTES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (Preseason Game 6)

Recap: This game doesn’t deserve a recap. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: U-G-L-Y is really the only way to describe that one from a VGK standpoint. Oh well, game didn’t count anyway, thank goodness there’s only one more of these. (Recap by Ken)


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Here’s Why The Golden Knights Will Never Share The Coyotes Problems

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By now most hockey fans have read the news developing down in Glendale, Arizona. The city is no longer interested in hosting the hometown Coyotes in their city funded arena. This isn’t much of surprise since the two parties have been battling for almost a decade. The situation down in Arizona is a stark difference to what’s happening here in Las Vegas.

Both the Coyotes and the NHL are one hundred percent committed to staying here, and even if our specific arena plans beyond the 2021-2022 season are not yet confirmed, I want to be very clear to you that our future is here in Arizona.- Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez

A True Expansion Team

When the Arizona Coyotes were originally formed the franchise was someone else’s leftovers. An already established club with players that made the move from dreary old Winnipeg to bright and sunny Phoenix. There was excitement in Arizona but not in the same way fans felt here in Vegas. Coyote fans were forced to cheer on a team that had finished 5th the prior year, all while the Cardinals and Suns were kicking off their seasons. It was difficult for the new addition to break through and gain the same momentum the Golden Knights did in 2017.

Also Vegas didn’t have to compete with an NFL or NBA team allowing Golden Knights fans to solely focus their attention fall on a newly formed unit called The Misfits. Both parties came together to form the greatest season in expansion history. Not sure the Cup run fairy tale would’ve happened if Las Vegas had inherited a defunct franchise’s roster.

Hidden Star Power

When the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft roster was announced it was the Vegas Golden Knights front and center. The 31st franchise didn’t have to share headlines with other incoming teams like the generation of expansion teams that came before them. Since the attention was fully on Sin City, fans only needed to focus on the player’s owner Bill Foley and GM George McPhee drafted. James Neal, David Perron and of course Marc-Andre Fleury were established names in the league but it was the unknown players that fans drew to as well. William Karlsson quickly became a star in Las Vegas after wasting away in Columbus. Same went for other Misfits. Alex Tuch, Jonathan Marchessault and even Deryk Engelland became marquees on Las Vegas Boulevard.

The roster changed slightly before the Coyotes kicked off their inaugural season featuring young captain Keith Tkachuk, future Hall of Famer Shane Doan and goaltender (the Bulin Wall) Nikolai Khabibulin. Unfortunately for Coyotes fans, stars like Teemu Selanne were sold off before the move.

Winning Of Course

The Coyotes have been operating for 24 seasons and have yet to make an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. The desert dogs once reached the Western Conference Final in 2012 but flamed out to eventual Cup winner LA Kings. In four seasons Vegas has matched and exceeded Arizona’s accomplishments. The Golden Knights have proven that hockey can “work in the desert” by winning hockey games. Plain and simple, the Coyotes haven’t done that consistently enough over their history.

In contrast, the Coyotes own the worst franchise win percentage (.479) in the NHL and the Golden Knights for now, have the best (.636) in league history. Of course the numbers favor the much youngest organization but Arizona has had plenty of seasons to climb out of the gutter.  A successful club breeds confidence and a dedicated fanbase. Vegas developed that in only four years.

Becoming A Destination

Victories lead to playoff appearances, trophies and the pick of the free agent litter. The Coyotes started off strong making the playoffs in five of their first six seasons but have qualified for postseason only four times since then. The Golden Knights accomplishments and winning attitude allowed the front office to convince Alex Pietrangelo, Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and Alec Martinez to long term agreements either through free agency or trade extensions. Arizona has been unable to sign that many quality players in over 20 years of existence. The Phoenix area might be a desirable location to play hockey but if the team isn’t successful, high end talent will look to play elsewhere, like in Las Vegas. That’s been the case for the Coyotes.

Say No To Public Funding

Lastly, and this is a big reason why Arizona and Vegas don’t share the same problems. The Coyotes organization have been desperately campaigning for public financing to build a state of the art arena. That can come across as greedy and too risky for certain taxpayers. We see it in our own backyard as some Vegas residents despise that the city funded Allegiant Stadium. Golden Knights fans won’t have to worry about any nasty public negotiations as T-Mobile Arena was built with private money.

The future in Arizona is up in the air, but it won’t matter. The Coyotes will never own a market like the Golden Knights do, even if they were as committed to winning. After four straight successful seasons and one amazing run to the Cup Finals, Vegas fans and players have quickly bonded. That connection from the inaugural season will never get lost, even down the road after a few losing seasons. If they stay put or move, the Coyotes proved hockey may not work in all desert cities, but it sure works in Las Vegas.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 ARIZONA COYOTES 2 (36-12-2 74 PTS) – OT

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Recap: The Golden Knights came out strong responding well from their 3-0 loss in Arizona last night. William Karlsson gave Vegas the 1st period lead with his 14th goal of the season. The Golden Knights outshot the Coyotes 16-3 in the opening period and held a 1-0 advantage.

The Golden Knights top line doubled the lead early in the middle frame. Chandler Stephenson connected with Max Pacioretty who flipped a pass to a streaking Mark Stone. The captain’s 20th goal of the season gave Vegas a 2-0 lead.

Much of the 3rd period was spent in the neutral zone but the Coyotes were able to tie and send the game to overtime. Arizona took a too many men on the ice penalty and the Golden Knights took advantage. Jonathan Marchessault ended the game with his 15th goal of the year.

Vegas’ record improves to 36-12-2 after their 3-2 overtime victory in Arizona. The Golden Knights head to Minnesota for the next two games against the Wild. Monday’s puck drop is scheduled for 5P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were cruising through the first two periods but a few goofy hops and a couple undisciplined plays helped the Coyotes push it to OT. Vegas remains unbeaten in 3-on-3, which is likely the reason they are going to win the West Division. (Analysis by Ken)


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ARIZONA COYOTES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (35-12-2 72 PTS)

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Recap: The Coyotes got on the board first in Arizona. Midway through the opening period Vegas left an open man in front of goaltender Robin Lehner for the 1-0 lead. After 20 minutes of play the Golden Knights trailed by one.

The Golden Knights couldn’t generate any offense in the middle frame. Vegas took only six shots on net and couldn’t get one past Arizona goalie Adin Hill.

The Coyotes doubled their lead 1:30 into the final period. Lehner was unable to control the puck and Arizona pounced on the rebound. The game was sealed when the Coyotes scored an empty goal with over two minutes remaining.

Vegas’ record drops to 35-12-2 after their 3-0 defeat in Arizona. victory The two teams will face off again tomorrow night. The game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were faced with a trap game and they fell into the trap. Just didn’t have it in a spot where you’d expect them to possible not have it. Not a big deal… as long as it doesn’t happen again tomorrow. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 ARIZONA COYOTES 0 (27-11-2 56 PTS)

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Recap: The Arizona Coyotes gave Vegas all they could handle in the 1st period but couldn’t get one past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The Golden Knights had multiple quality chances but were a bit unlucky hitting the post and crossbar several times. The game was locked in a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes.

Both teams struggled to generate offense in a tight 2nd period. The Golden Knights widely outshot the Coyotes 16-4 in the middle frame but came up short. The game was locked 0-0 after 40 minutes played.

Tomas Nosek continued his hot streak giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead ten minutes into the 3rd period. Vegas fought off a late attack from Arizona and held on to win 1-0.

Vegas’ record improves to 27-11-2 after defeating Arizona in consecutive games. The Golden Knights hop on a plane for a quick trip to LA to take on the Kings. Tomorrow night’s game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: We expected the Coyotes to come out with a lot more fire than they showed on Friday, and they did, but the Golden Knights at full strength on defense for the first time in a long time held them up. Vegas kept the Coyotes out of the dangerous areas the entire night and Arizona was never willing to throw shots on goal from long distance. Fleury stopped all of the ones that made it through but the defense deserves the majority of the credit. Scoring droughts aren’t nearly as concerning when you can play that well defensively. (Analysis by Ken)


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Tocchet’s Honesty Says It All About Matchups With Golden Knights

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The Golden Knights had one of their best periods of the season last night and it wasn’t shocking that it came against the Arizona Coyotes. Vegas outworked, outshot and bullied Arizona up and down the ice in the opening twenty minutes. Being down four goals early wasn’t a surprise to Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet.

They have more talent than us, we get it. I just didn’t like some of our guys push early on. It looked like they were just deer in the headlights.-Rick Tocchet, ARI coach

Occasionally, Arizona has competed with the Golden Knights and did for half of a period last night. For the most part it’s been a one-sided contest with Vegas walking away with the majority of points.

Certain elements that the Golden Knights possess, the Coyotes simply don’t have an answer for. Arizona is much smaller and younger team. Vegas scares them and their coach echoed that. The advantage of size, skill and veteran IQ are the reasons why it’s mostly been a lopsided affair.

You know you’re playing against the big boys and I’m disappointed some guys couldn’t match. Couldn’t get in the forecheck, couldn’t hold on to a puck. When you’re playing the big guys you got to make sure you know what you’re doing.-Rick Tocchet, ARI coach

At times last night it almost looked like a scrimmage between the JV and Varsity teams. In the first period the Golden Knights bullied their way to four goals in nine minutes. The game was essentially over at that point. Sure, Arizona made a late push but that will happen when one team is trying to kill the clock with 51 minutes remaining in the game.

There’s a chance Vegas and Arizona will face eachother in the first round of the playoffs so it’ll be interesting if the Coyotes will play a different style or attack the Golden Knights with their speed an offensive weapons they have.

Vegas when they smell blood they’re going to give it to you.-Rick Tocchet, ARI coach

Before I declare a matchup with Arizona another easy path it’s hard not to think about last year’s postseason. Vancouver admitted to be intimidated by Vegas but learned how to absorb hits, adjust and force a deciding game seven. Could the Coyotes do the same?

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 ARIZONA COYOTES 4 (26-11-2 54 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights before the game emphasized having a strong start against the Coyotes and they did just that. Vegas scored four straight goals, including one on the power play and on a penalty kill. The Golden Knights dominated the opening 20 minutes outshooting the Coyotes 22-8.

Chandler Stephenson extended the scoring spree with his 8th of the season. In the first 25 minute the Golden Knights scored five unanswered goals. Arizona scored a late period goal but trailed 5-1 heading into the second intermission.

Arizona made a late push in the final frame. The Coyotes outscored the Golden Knights in the 3rd period but Max Pacioretty’s iced the game with a final-minute empty-net goal.

Vegas’ record improves to 26-11-2 after defeating Arizona 7-4. The two teams will square off again on Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled for 1 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It may have been the best 10 minute stretch in Golden Knights history to open the game. They completely manhandled the Coyotes in every facet of the game of hockey and jumped out to a four-goal lead. From there, they certainly coasted it but, which made the game a little more interesting than it should have, but in the end Vegas was never in any real danger. Those first 10 minutes were Cup-winning hockey. (Analysis by Ken)


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