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Golden Knights Viewing Market Expanding To Arizona With Coyotes Departure

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When the Golden Knights first came into the NHL one of their stated goals was to become “the team of the Rockies.” That, of course, included taking the state of Utah and Salt Lake City by storm.

VGK have played multiple preseason games in Salt Lake City as part of the “Frozen Fury” series and are currently scheduled to play another against the LA Kings there before next season.

Now, with the Arizona Coyotes moving to Salt Lake City, it throws the viewing markets in the southwest for a bit of a loop. Previously, the VGK viewing area extended well north of Las Vegas but was limited south due to the existence of the Coyotes, Kings, and Ducks. But with Phoenix now an “inactive” market, Vegas’ head honcho sees room for expansion.

We give up Salt Lake City as a secondary territory, but we get Arizona, so we’re okay. We still have our sphere of influence, which includes St. George, so we go out that far. But then we have secondary spheres, so we’re fine, we’re happy, we’re good. We love Salt Lake, we have a lot of fans there, but there are more people in Arizona, so I’m going where the people are. –The Creator to Channel 8 News

Commissioner Gary Bettman said today that the Phoenix Valley will continue to get Utah games but he did not comment on the Golden Knights.

In the past, many cities without NHL teams have been considered to be in the viewing areas of multiple teams. The same can be said about baseball in which Vegas is in the viewing area of half of MLB it seems.

So, moving forward, expect to see a greater focus from the Golden Knights on Phoenix. The more the fan base grows, the better. It may be nice for the fine people of Arizona to experience some winning hockey too!

ARIZONA COYOTES 7 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 (42-26-8, 92 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping to keep their seven-game point streak alive. Vegas was outshot 14-3 in the opening period, but their defense kept Arizona off the board. Through 20 minutes, the two teams were locked in a scoreless tie.

Vegas’ offense woke up out of their slumber in the middle frame. The Coyotes got on the board first, but it was all Golden Knights from there. First, Jack Eichel evened the score with his 27th goal of the season. William Karlsson followed up with his 27th a few shifts later. Minutes later Anthony Manta gave Vegas a two-goal lead and Chandler Stephenson extended it to 4-1 before the break.

Surprisingly, the Coyotes fought back in the final frame and scored six goals to completely flip the game on the Golden Knights. Vegas thought they had scored the game-winning goal when the score was 4-4 but the play was deemed offside. Arizona took the lead with five minutes remaining and added another and then another into the empty net to shock the Golden Knights 7-4.

The Golden Knights record drops 42-26-8 falling to the Coyotes 7-4 in Arizona. Vegas will next travel to Vancouver for a big divisional matchup with the Canucks on Monday night. Puck drop against the Pacific division leader is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It will go down as the worst collapse in the history of the team in a regular season game. The Golden Knights were in complete control, up 4-1 with 12 minutes left. Then, the train not only went off the tracks, it lit on fire and blew up. Logan Thompson allowed six goals in the 3rd period and VGK dropped a game against one of the worst teams in the league. Truly unbelievable. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 ARIZONA COYOTES 2 (31-15-6, 68 PTS)

Recap: It didn’t take long for Vegas to get going in Arizona on Thursday night. 19 seconds into the contest, team leader in goals Jonathan Marchessault recorded his 26th of the season. Less than a minute, later the Golden Knights doubled their lead after a successful wrist shot from Nic Hague. Arizona cut the lead in half to 2-1 a few shifts later. Chandler Stephenson regained VGK’s two-goal advantage at the 6:17 mark of the opening period.

Leading 3-1, the Golden Knights kept the Coyotes from getting any closer in the middle frame. William Karlsson committed a hooking penalty in the period, but Vegas held Arizona to no shots on the power play.

Arizona came within one early in the final frame, but Vegas fought off several quality rushes by the home team. Adin Hill made two big saves in the period to preserve the Golden Knights’ 3-2 victory.

The Golden Knights record improves to 31-15-6 defeating the Coyotes in Tempe. Vegas will travel back to Las Vegas for a two-game homestand beginning on Monday. Puck drop against the Minnesota Wild is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: VGK came out flying scoring three goals in the first six minutes and capitalizing on every chance they got. From there though, it was a bit of a defensive nightmare and the Coyotes worked their way back into the goal. At the end of the day though, Adin Hill stood tall and the defense did just enough. (Analysis by Ken)

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ARIZONA COYOTES 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (14-5-2, 30 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights returned home from their five-game road trip to host the Arizona Coyotes. The game started off slow with neither team finding the back of the net in the opening twenty minutes.

Vegas outshot Arizona 7-to-5 but the game remained scoreless after 40 minutes remaining. Arizona opened the scoring midway through the final period and sealed the game with a late empty-net goal.

The Golden Knights record drops to 14-5-2 falling to 2-0 to the Coyotes. The reigning champions will hit the road again with their first step being Calgary on Monday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Bit of a sleepy game for a majority of it as both teams seemed unwilling or unable to get to the center of the ice in the offensive zone. The offense never really got going until it was too late. A single home game after a long trip is always tough, but losing to the Coyotes is never great. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 ARIZONA COYOTES 1 (Preseason Game 4)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night for preseason game #4. The World Champions outshot the Coyotes 9 to 3 in the opening period but neither team could find the back of the net. Arizona struck first quickly into the middle frame, but Nic Hague evened the score midway through. 2020 29th overall pick Brendan Brisson gave his club the lead with 0:15 seconds remaining.

Vegas continued to pepper shots at Arizona’s net, specifically from the blue line. Nic Hague, Kaeden Korczak and Shea Theodore all delivered 4 or more SOG.

The Golden Knights picked up their first victory of the preseason and now prepare for their final three exhibition games. The Golden Knights will welcome in the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Brendan Brisson power play goal, William Karlsson empty netter, and the Coyotes shot the puck like 10 times the whole game. That’s really all there was to know about this game. (Recap by Ken)

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ARIZONA COYOTES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (29-17-2, 60 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Arizona for a battle with the Coyotes. The home team jumped ahead first 1:59 into the contest. Vegas had a chance to tie the game on the power play but Paul Cotter committed a penalty that negated the man advantage. After 20 minutes Vegas trailed 1-0.

Arizona doubled their lead early in the middle frame. The Coyotes ripped a shot by Logan Thompson to give themselves a 2-0 edge. Arizona committed some costly penalties in the period and Phil Kessel took notice. The Iron Man collected his 8th goal of the season to bring his team within one. 

Trailing 2-1, the Golden Knights made a final push but the Coyotes regained their two-goal lead midway through the 3rd period. With five minutes left in the game, coach Bruce Cassidy pulled his goalie which led to Arizona’s 4th and final goal. The Golden Knights lost 4-1 and left Tempe empty-handed. 

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 29-17-2 falling to the Coyotes 4-1. Vegas will continue the road trip next in New Jersey on Tuesday. Puck drop against the Devils is scheduled for 4:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The first few minutes of each period were a big problem and that put them in a hole. From there, Arizona read the book on how to beat the Golden Knights and they put it into action at 5-on-5. When the other team has good gaps and make VGK forecheck, they just can’t seem to generate with any consistency. It happened again, and Clayton Keller did the rest. That loss really sucks because it erases last night’s big win. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ARIZONA COYOTES 2 (23-11-1, 47 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to bounce back at home facing the 25-point Arizona Coyotes team. Vegas was the more aggressive team in the opening frame, outshooting Arizona 13 to 4. However, neither were able to find the back of the net and the 1st period ended in a scoreless tie.

Vegas opened the scoring on their first power play of the 2nd period. Daniil Miromanov registered his second goal of the season but Arizona answered 1:18 later. After 40 minutes the game was locked in a 1-1 tie. 

The offense picked up in the final period. Mark Stone and William Carrier scored a minute apart to stretch Vegas lead to 3-1. The Coyotes got within one but Stone added his second and later Michael Amadio put the game away. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 23-11-1 defeating the Coyotes 5-2. Vegas next hits the ice Friday night against St. Louis. Puck drop against the Blues is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The dam finally broke in the 3rd period. VGK were excellent in the 1st but it felt like more of the same as they were unable to convert. Vegas got the power play goal in the 2nd but the play at even-strength was fairly even, if not tipped in favor of Arizona. It all came together in the 3rd though. Power play goals, shorthanded, rush chances, you name it, VGK got it. It definitely feels a bit cathartic… at least for now as it’s hard to forget this was against the Coyotes. (Analysis by Ken)

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