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CALGARY FLAMES 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (35-24-7, 77 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Calgary for a Pacific Division game with the Calgary Flames. The Flames outshot the Golden Knights 13-6 in the opening twenty minutes, but Adin Hill was sharp in net to keep the game scoreless through twenty minutes.

Calgary outshot Vegas again in the middle frame but the visiting team would go on to take the first lead of the game. Newcomer Anthony Mantha scored his first goal as a Golden Knight, giving his new club a 1-0 lead late in the second period.

The Flames fought back to even the score 4:00 into the final frame. Calgary went on to follow up with two more goals over a ten-minute span. Bruce Cassidy pulled Hill from the net with three minutes remaining, but Calgary scored two empty net goals to stretch their advantage to 4-1.

The Golden Knights record drops to 35-24-7 falling to the Flames 3-2 in Calgary. Vegas will look to bounce back on Sunday afternoon against New Jersey. Puck drop against the Devils is set for 12:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Sleepy game for the Golden Knights who just never quite got it going in the offensive end. Despite that, Calgary kept them in it most of the night by turning the puck over time and time again. VGK got one and been entered the 3rd with a lead, but that wasn’t enough as they gave up four straight in the 3rd. (Analysis by Ken)

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CALGARY FLAMES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (24-14-5, 53 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to start a win streak with a win over the visiting Calgary Flames. Calgary opened the scoring on the power play after Ivan Barbashev was called for a slashing penalty. Minutes later the visiting team doubled their lead to 2-0.

Vegas pushed back and controlled the puck for most of the middle frame. Unfortunately, the Flames were able to sneak through the middle and pick up their third goal of the contest. Through 40 minutes the Golden Knights were kept off the scoreboard.

Trailing by three the Golden Knights came out to the final period with urgency. Early on Vegas took several quality shots on goal and eventually found the back of the net 8:54 into the 3rd period. Captain Mark Stone found Chandler Stephenson with a perfect pass to set up a successful one-time shot. Calgary tightened up their defense and finished out the clock with a two goal victory.

The Golden Knights record drops to 24-14-5 losing to the Flames 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas will take the ice on Monday for an afternoon matchup against the Nashville Predators. Puck drop against the Predators is scheduled for 3 PM.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Battles in front cost the Golden Knights as they went behind by multiple goals. From the 2nd period on they were pretty darn good. Spent a lot of time in the offensive zone and allowed barely anything. But, without a lot of offensive talent and a deep hole, they couldn’t climb out. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 CALGARY FLAMES 4 (20-5-5, 45 PTS) – OT

Recap:  The Golden Knights hosted the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night riding a three-game winning streak. Calgary struck first 6:27 into the game but Chandler Stephenson evened the score seven minutes later with a power play goal. The game was locked 1-1 heading into the first intermission.

Ivan Barbashev recorded his sixth goal of the season in the 2nd period but Calgary scored twice to hold a 3-2 advantage after 40 minutes of action.

Mark Stone found the equalizer 6:00 minutes into the final twenty minutes. With time winding down William Karlsson broke the 3-3 tie and gave Vegas their first lead of the game. Calgary forced overtime with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Early in Mark Stone ended the game 5-4 with a laser beam wrist shot.

The Golden Knights record improves to 20-5-5 defeating the Flames 5-4 in overtime. Vegas’ homestand continues on Friday night vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Puck drop against the Sabres is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights played well for just one of the three periods but against a reeling team on a back-to-back, that was enough. Vegas erased three leads and then blew one of their own in the final minute. 11th game out of 30 that have gone to OT, and their 6th win beyond regulation. (Analysis by Ken)

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CALGARY FLAMES 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (14-5-3, 31 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled north for a three-game set in Western Canada. The reigning Stanley Cup champions began their trip in Calgary to face the Flames. Vegas was forced to kill off an early penalty but held together and later got their chance on 5-on-4. William Karlsson scored on VGK’s first power play. The Golden Knights were awarded two other power plays but couldn’t convert another into a second goal. After the opening 20 minutes, the visiting team held a 1-0 advantage. 

 Vegas was shutout in the middle frame for the fourth straight game but it wouldn’t matter. The Flames were unable to come up with enough quality chances to find the back of the net. Heading into the second intermission the Cup champions led 1-0. 

Calgary evened the score 2:30 into the final period. Both teams couldn’t generate any further offense in regulation and needed overtime to decide a winner. Vegas took a late regulation penalty but fortunately killed it off in OT. The home team eventually ended the game late in the extra frame.

The Golden Knights record drops to 14-5-3 falling the Flames 2-1 in overtime. Vegas will get right back to work tomorrow night in Edmonton. Puck drop against the disappointing Oilers is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yet another game in which the Golden Knights don’t do enough offensively. They had plenty of opportunities to score and Dan Vladar was good, but they overpassed far too often and couldn’t bear down on the few breakaways. The effort in OT was awesome for the penalty kill, just didn’t generate anything once it got to 4-on-4. (Analysis by Ken)

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Pacific Division: Group of 8 With Only 3 Contenders?

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It’s been no secret that over the past six seasons, the Pacific Division was regarded as one of the leagues least competitive. Let’s face it, for basically the entirety of the Golden Knights’ existence three or four teams were annually counted out of contention before the puck hit opening night ice. Vegas is the only team to reach the Stanley Cup Final in that span and the Golden Knights became the first Pacific division team to win the Cup since 2014.

Heading into the 2023-24 season, the division looks to play out the same way it did last year. Of course, it’s foolish to eliminate teams before the season begins but would anyone be surprised if Anaheim, San Jose, or Vancouver missed the 2024 playoffs? According to Sportsnet, they wouldn’t be.

Whether it’s a repeat from Vegas, a breakthrough for Edmonton, or something of a Cinderella story from Los Angeles or Seattle, might the 2024 Stanley Cup champion come out of the Pacific Division again? Might this division also house the team that “wins” the first-overall selection? –Sportsnet.ca

According to William Hill, the Pacific Division is expected to be conquered by the Edmonton Oilers (+180), the reigning champions (+210) or the LA Kings (+440) in 2024. The divisional odds are not much different from last season’s expected winners. Vegas came away with division with Edmonton and LA filling out the top three Pacific clubs. As you go further down the list, the prices drastically get larger, suggesting that it would be a major surprise if any team outside of the top three took the division.

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Calgary Looking To Chase Down Vegas After Miserable 2022-23

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While the Golden Knights were celebrating their franchise’s first Stanley Cup, other teams in the Pacific Division were painfully reviewing their failed seasons. Arguably one of the most disappointing teams in the NHL last year was the reimagined Calgary Flames. The Flames dropped 12 regular season wins and posted 18 fewer points in 2022-23 from the previous year. Let’s just say it was the complete opposite of Vegas’ championship season.

2022-23 Flames vs 2021-22 Flames:

  • Wins: 2022-23 (38) Regular Season Wins vs. 2021-22 (50) Regular Season Wins
  • Points: 2022-23 (93) Regular Season Points vs. 2021-22 (111) Regular Season Points
  • Goal Leaders: 2022-23 – Tyler Toffoli (34) Goals vs. 2021-22 – Matthew Tkachuk & Elias Lindholm (42) Goals
  • Point Leaders: 2022-23 – Tyler Toffoli (73) Points vs. 2021-22 – Johnny Gaudreau (115) Points
  • Goaltending: 2022-23 – Jacob Markstrom (.897) Save % vs. 2021-22 (.922) Save %
  • Team Offense: 2022-23 – (3.15) Goals Scored Per Game vs. 2021-22 – (3.55) Goals Scored Per Game
  • Team Defense: 2022-23 – (3.01) Goals Scored Per Game vs. 2021-22 – (2.51) Goals Scored Per Game

In 2021-22 the Golden Knights stumbled and landed three points out of the playoffs. Vegas lacked scoring, struggled to keep the puck out of their own net, and couldn’t stay healthy. As many excuses as they could give, Vegas left for the summer with a bitter taste in their mouths. The comments coming out of Calgary suggest a team prepared to erase last season’s lack of success and mimic VGK’s championship run.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 CALGARY FLAMES 2 (45-21-6, 96 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Calgary to face off against the Flames for a late season divisional battle. The game took some time to settle in, but the Golden Knights took advantage of some loose defense by the Flames later in the period. Jonathan Marchessault did what he does best and gave Vegas the first lead of the game with his 23rd goal of the season. Michael Amadio took advantage of a rush and a rebound to double VGK’s lead to 2-0. After an official review, the Flames had their first goal taken back but they were able to get it back in the final minute of the period. The Golden Knights carried a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.

The game tightened up in the second period as both teams had limited opportunities. Vegas was outshot 12-8 in the period but were able to stave off the Flames offense. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights held a 2-1 edge.

In his first game back since February 21st, Nic Roy scored to give the Golden Knights some extra padding in the final frame. Roy’s goal gave Vegas a 3-1 third period advantage. The Flames had another goal called back but minutes later they scored to get within one. The Golden Knights killed off a lengthy 6-on-5 to secure a one goal victory.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 44-21-7 defeating the Flames 3-2 in Calgary. Vegas will take a short trip to Edmonton for a matchup with the Oilers on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This is one of the better complete games the Golden Knights have played. They exposed the Flames defense with stretch passes and it fed VGK’s dangerous transition. Then, when they got ahead, they had great defensive gaps and made life very difficult on Calgary. The only real issue with the game is the two injuries to Thompson and Smith. (Analysis by Ken)

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