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5 Most Anticipated Home Games On The Golden Knights 2021-22 Schedule

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After a year that involved 56 games against the same seven teams and sparse crowds throughout, it’s great to be back to a normal 82 game schedule that includes all 31 teams making an appearance at sold-out T-Mobile Arena. Here are the five home games that jump off the schedule as the most anticipated matchups of the year.

5. December 27th, 2021 – vs Colorado Avalanche

It’s a shame the first time these two teams meet won’t be at the site of the Avs demise last season, but there’s no secret these two are likely to be the class of the Western Conference once again. The collision course in the playoffs will probably be played up all year and every game between the two will be highly engrossing.

4. December 21st, 2021 – vs Tampa Bay Lightning

If there’s one thing we missed more than anything else with last year’s horrendous schedule, it was measuring stick games. About a month into the season everyone knew exactly how everyone else matched up against each other in the division, so the remaining 40+ games were essentially useless. This year, there will be plenty of those measuring stick games and this is the king of them all. The two-time defending Cup champions come to T-Mobile after the Golden Knights return home from a tough four-game road trip. VGK vs TBL games have always been a blast, this one should be no different.

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Twitter Space Pre Game 6 VGK vs MTL – June 23rd, 2021

The Golden Knights truly have their backs against the wall here needing two wins to keep their fourth season alive. We review Game 5 to look for issues that plagued the Golden Knights and possibly solutions for Game 6.

Twitter Space w/ Jesse Granger Pre Game 4 VGK vs MTL – June 20th, 2021

The Golden Knights are starting Robin Lehner over Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 4. So, Jesse Granger from The Athletic joins me to talk about the decision. We’re also joined by poker superstar and VGK diehard Daniel Negreanu.

Most of the episode is on goalies but we touch on the power play as well as make predictions for Game 4.

Twitter Space Pre Game 3 VGK vs MTL – June 17th, 2021

In this Twitter Space episode, we are looking at Game 3 in Montreal. What the Habs did to turn things around and how the Golden Knights can adapt to get a win or two in Montreal. Plus, we talk about the center depth, future goalie situations, and so much more.

Block Party! Golden Knights Blocked Their Way To The Semi-Final

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The Golden Knights have battled and bruised their way through 13 tough games this postseason and with two series under their belt and another a few days away, Vegas seem to have found a simple yet painful approach to beating their opponents. Blocking shots.

We presented the numbers after Game 2 against Colorado and the trend continued throughout the six-game series. The Golden Knights have become a shot-blocking brigade. After last night, the Golden Knights are 7-1 in the postseason when they block 18 or more per game. In their Game 6 clincher, VGK blocked 34 shot attempts from Colorado. We can only imagine the extra-long ice bath Alec Martinez needed after the 6-3 victory.

Playoff Blocked Shots By The Numbers

VGK 249 Total Blocked Shots (1st)
VGK 19.00 Blocked Shots Per 60 (2nd)
Alec Martinez 52 Blocked Shots (1st)
Alex Pietrangelo 36 Blocked Shots (2nd)
Zach Whitecloud 30 Blocked Shots (4th)

When Pete DeBoer took over as the Golden Knights coach he stated shot blocking would be a heavy factor in how the team defended and it was non-negotiable. Well, the coach wasn’t kidding. His players lead all playoff teams with 249 total blocked shots and have 47 more than the NY Islanders who are next with 198 blocked shots. Painful as it is, game after game the Golden Knights have sacrificed their bodies to frustrate snipers like Nathan MacKinnon.

Vegas’ next opponent the Montreal Canadiens will most likely fall victim to clogged shooting lanes and dud shot attempts as well. After two rounds the Canadiens opponents averaged 15 blocked shots per game. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets blocked a total of 170 shots in 11 games against the North Division champion. Vegas should be able to match if not exceed the average amount Montreal has faced all postseason.

The Golden Knights will need to be aware of facing shot-blockers like themselves. Defensemen Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmunson, and Jeff Petry log heavy minutes and average four or more blocked shots per game. It’s not in Martinez’s neighborhood but the Canadiens have guys that are willing to throw themselves into a hard slap shot as well.

Shot blocking isn’t the sole reason the Golden Knights have advanced to the semifinals but it’s been effective. If Vegas continues to frustrate sharpshooters and defensive weapons on the blueline they should be to limit Montreal’s offense, like they did to Colorado. Facing a goaltender like Carey Price, goals will likely be tough to come by. Relying on basic, fearless hockey could be the difference for Vegas in the penultimate series.

Just think, Martinez has 50 or so shots left to block before he can hoist the Cup. Luckily he’ll have plenty of time for his puck-sized bruises to heal in the offseason.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 (VGK 4-2)

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Recap:  Game 6 got off to a quick start for both teams. Colorado scored the first goal :23 seconds into the opening period but Vegas swiftly responded. Defenseman Nick Holden fooled Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer with a screened point shot :52 seconds later. Later in the period William Karlsson connected with Alec Martinez for a one-timer to take the lead. After the 1st period the Golden Knights held a 2-1 advantage.

Vegas committed an early penalty to give Colorado their first power play of the game and jumped on the opportunity. The Avalanche tied the game 3:47 in to the middle frame. The Golden Knights picked it up later in the period when Keegan Kolesar deflected a puck and regained the lead for Vegas. Colorado evened the score a couple of minutes later but Alex Pietrangelo picked up a loose rebound and scored :13 seconds before the period expired. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights led 4-3.

Marc-Andre Fleury continued to frustrate Colorado stopping all 11 shots in the final frame. William Carrier added an insurance goal 11:46 into the period and Max Pacioretty sealed the deal with an empty-netter.

With their statement 6-3 victory, the Golden Knights won four straight to clinch their Second Round series against the Avalanche. Next up Vegas will face the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: In an absolute wild game with back and forth action the Golden Knights kept digging into their bag of tricks to find goal after goal after goal and the Colorado just couldn’t outrun the “avalanche” Vegas was throwing at them. The Golden Knights have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they were the best team in the West Division and one of the best teams in the NHL. Now, a date with Montreal where they’ll go from underdog to heavy favorite. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Colorado Avalanche Game 6 at T-Mobile Arena

  • What do the Golden Knights need to do to beat Carey Price consistently

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** Alex Tuch
* Alex Pietrangelo

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Twitter Space Pre Game 6 VGK vs COL – June 9th, 2021

Tonight we focus on what happened in Game 5 and what it means for Game 6 tomorrow night. I re-watched the game and learned quite a bit about the Avs adjustments and how the Golden Knights dealt with them. Plus, my plea at the end to not misunderstand my honesty if you are an optimist, cause I’m not.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 COLORADO AVALANCHE 2 (VGK 3-2) – OT

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Recap: Game 5 was intense right from the opening puck drop. For most of the period Vegas matched Colorado’s chances and held strong defensively. As time was winding down the Avalanche got some luck with a last second shot that slipped by Marc-Andre Fleury. Colorado took a 1-0 lead 0.8 seconds before the first intermission.

The tempo picked up in the 2nd period but neither could gain momentum. Late in the period the Avalanche broke the tie and held a 2-0 edge after 40 minutes of Game 5.

The Golden Knights played with urgency to start the final frame and it quickly paid off. Alex Tuch got Vegas within one 1:03 into the period and it didn’t end there. Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-tying goal three minutes later. The rest of the period both teams traded chances but the game needed overtime to decide an outcome.

The captain Mark Stone quickly ended the game quickly :50 into overtime to take the series lead. 

With their 3-2 overtime victory, the Golden Knights can clinch the series on Thursday night. Game 6 is scheduled for 6:00 PM at T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The response that was expected from the Avalanche came and the Golden Knights appeared to be withstanding it, but a late horrendous goal allowed by Fleury put them in a hole that would soon get much bigger after a tough 2nd. VGK stuck with their simple style though and waited for the Avs to hand them chances. They did twice in the 3rd and then again in OT and Vegas steals the game they had stolen from them in Game 2. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Colorado Avalanche Game 5 at Ball Arena

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Mark Stone
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Alex Pietrangelo

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Film Breakdown: Exiting The Zone With Center Support

No matter who you play in the postseason, breaking out of the defensive zone well is a prerequisite to winning a playoff series. The Golden Knights have been better at it than Colorado through the first four games of this Second Round.

In today’s film breakdown, we show how and why Vegas have succeeded while illustrating an example of the Avalance’s failure.

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“Run It Until They Stop It”: VGK’s Plan To Continue Stopping Colorado’s Top Line

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After the Golden Knights won a crucial Game 3 against the Avalanche, we pointed out the strong performance by the Golden Knights top line’s compared to the highly touted Nathan MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen line. It’s only gotten worse since for the Avalanche’s best players.

They’re frustrated for sure. -Jared Bednar, COL coach

The Golden Knights top-six have outplayed, outproduced, and outworked the Avalanche’s top performers for the past three games. Vegas’ impact players have held the MacKinnon trio to just four points since their eight-point explosion in Game 1. In the following nine periods, Vegas allowed only one goal from Colorado’s big three.

MacKinnon/Landeskog/Rantanen Line vs. VGK

Game 1: 8 Points (5 Goals, 3 Assists)
Nathan MacKinnon 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Gabriel Landeskog 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Mikko Rantanen 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Game’s 2-4: 4 Points (2 Goals, 2 Assists)
Nathan MacKinnon 0 Goals, 1 Assist
Gabriel Landeskog 0 Goals, 1 Assist
Mikko Rantanen 2 Goals, 0 Assists

It’s tough checking, especially for those guys. They’re not just dealing with one line, they’re dealing with multiple lines. People saying, ‘well you got to get them away from the Stone, Stephenson and Pacioretty line’ but then they got the Karlsson line who’s doing equally as good a job. There’s some heavy lifting there and we haven’t found a way. -Bednar, COL coach

Once the series shifted to Las Vegas, Colorado’s stars went dark. Landeskog failed to register a shot on net, MacKinnon was -3, and Rantanen hasn’t recorded an assist. A pretty stark difference from the 5.00 goals scored per game the Avalanche averaged in their first five postseason games. Execution, momentum, and will shifted when the Golden Knights hit home ice.

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