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Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Blue Jackets got their last home game of their seven game stand. Vegas took two penalties in the 1st period and one ended up costing them the first goal of the game. It was the sixth straight game that Vegas allowed the visiting team to score first. Columbus lead 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes.

The Blue Jackets doubled up their lead 2:06 into the 2nd period. Vegas would try and play catch up for the rest of the middle frame. The Golden Knights were awarded two power plays but couldn’t convert. They continued to trail Columbus 2-0.

Vegas struggled again to generate any offense, and Columbus took advantage. The Blue Jackets stretched their lead to 3-0 deep into the 3rd period.

Vegas’ record drops to 24-18-6 and remain with 54 points. The Golden Knights hit the road and next play on Tuesday in Buffalo. Start time is scheduled for 4P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights just didn’t have it on this night, once again chasing a game after conceding first for the 5th straight game. Offensively they couldn’t generate much against a stingy Columbus defense and the Blue Jackets capitalized on a couple of opportunities. Vegas looked frustrated throughout as they had a hard time getting extended offensive zone time and rarely created more than once chance per possession. It’s a frustrating way to end a homestand that started out so promising. (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Columbus Blue Jackets at T-Mobile Arena

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column on William Carrier’s elevated role

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Shea Theodore
* Alex Tuch


Vegas began their four-game road trip in Columbus looking for their first regulation win since October 27th. The Golden Knights played strong defensively in front of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the 1st period. Fleury stopped all nine shots by the Blue Jackets and Reilly Smith scored a late goal to give his team a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes.

Columbus would tie it up 5:37 into the second period but the lead wouldn’t last long. Smith would add his second of the game on a nice shorthanded setup by William Karlsson. Fleury continued his strong play between the pipes and Vegas would again take a one goal edge leading 2-1 after two periods in the books.

Columbus came out attacking in the 3rd but Fleury and the defense would keep the Blue Jackets scoreless for the entire period. Vegas picked up two points with a final of 2-1 in Columbus.

Vegas improves their record to (9-5-2) and break their two-game skid. The team will head to Toronto for a matchup against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 4PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

  • Betting trends all pointed to a win over Columbus (possible)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** William Karlsson
* Reilly Smith


A wide open first period had scoring chances aplenty both ways. Columbus struck first with a deflection goal that just slid past the line, but moments later the Golden Knights answered with a wacky hop bounce goal of their own from Nate Schmidt. Then, on a Blue Jacket power play, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson led the charge down the ice and Jon Merrill put home the loose change. A strong 2nd by Columbus put Vegas on their heels defending for a majority of the frame. Marc-Andre Fleury’s misplay off the boards helped Artemi Panarin tie the game at two. A Cody Eakin tally put Vegas back in front, but another spill by Fleury helped Cam Atkinson tie it. On the power play, Atkinson scored another one. The Golden Knights couldn’t get anything on net with the empty net and dropped a heartbreaking one.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Columbus Blue Jackets at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Carp on Gallant’s decision to play only 10 forwards in the 3rd
  • An off day that may have changed the complexion of the season.
  • A deeper dive into the difference between when VGK gets through the neutral zone clean and when they don’t. (Assuming my eyes didn’t deceive me when I watch this game again)

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Jon Merrill
** Reilly Smith
* Cody Eakin


A very tight checking game in the 1st period led to a scoreless first two periods. The pace picked up a bit with Columbus pouring on some pressure in the 2nd, but couldn’t get one past Subban. The Blue Jackets came flying out of the break and scored just 40 seconds into the 3rd. Vegas started creating more offense but never could find the equalizer.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

  • Why not pull the goalie earlier?
  • The calmness that Stastny brings to the Golden Knights lineup.

Three Stars
*** Malcolm Subban
** Sergei Bobrovsky
* Nick Foligno


This game did not start out well at all of the Golden Knights. Just 16 seconds in Artemi Panarin got the Blue Jackets on the board. Columbus scored again a few minutes later, but another offside challenge by the Golden Knights brought it back. Erik Haula tied it early in the 2nd, but things spiraled quickly after that. A messy 3rd period led to nothing and the Golden Knights dropped their fourth in five games.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

  • James Neal to the 3rd line? It may just make sense.

Three Stars
*** Pierre-Luc Dubois
** Artemi Panarin
* Joonas Korpisalo

Certainly not Reaves’ fault tonight, but this is kind of the story of the game.

News And Notes From VGK vs CBJ

These two weren’t playing together, but they both played well. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Bounce Back for D

  • Brayden McNabb and Deryk Engelland played a big role shutting down the Devils young, quick forwards.
    • McNabb TOI – 24:55, 11 Hits, 11 Defensive Zone Starts, -1 Rating
    • Engelland TOI – 24:27, 3 Hits, 10 Defensive Zone Starts, +1 Rating, 1 Goal
  • Golden Knights allowed less than 10 “High Danger” scoring chances for the first time in their last six games.

Ending the Losing Streak

The victory ended the Golden Knights three-game skid. Along with eight other teams, Vegas hasn’t dropped four straight games this season. All eight teams are playoff contenders.

Minnesota: (1) 3 game losing streak
Nashville: (1) 3 game losing streak
Tampa: (1) 3 game losing streak
Winnipeg: (1) 3 game losing streak
Washington: (2) 3 game losing streaks
Dallas: (3) 3 game losing streaks
Pittsburgh: (3) 3 game losing streaks
Vegas: (3) 3 game losing streaks

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Golden Knights vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Photo Gallery – January 23rd, 2018

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Who else but William Karlsson scores the game’s opening goal against his old team, hos 26th of the season. Columbus tied it and took a 2-1 but then the Golden Knights poured it on, and in a hurry. Three goals in just over five minutes gave the Golden Knights a two goal lead. An insane lead lob pass by Shea Theodore to Karlsson gave the Golden Knights their fifth of the night. Vegas hangs on with a late empty netter from Erik Haula.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery from’ superstar photographer Brandon Andreasen.
  • The Hunt/Miller pairing took a bit to get back in sync, but now they are and they are putting up offense and a bunch of it.

Three Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** James Neal
* William Karlsson

Injured Player Salary Dumps Turn Out Very Valuable To Vegas

Being the first expansion team in the history of the salary cap era paid off big time for George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights, and we haven’t even seen the second wave of transactions yet.

David Clarkson and Mikhail Grabovski are both injured and will likely not play a single game in 2017-18. Yet the Golden Knights acquired both and got a king’s ransom to do it.

Vegas gets:
Mikhail Grabovski
Jake Bischoff
2017 1st RD pick  (#15)
2019 2nd RD pick
New York Islanders:
Expansion Draft Consideration (VGK picked J.F. Berube)

Vegas gets:
F David Clarkson
2017 1st RD pick  (#24)
2019 2nd RD pick
Columbus get:
Expansion Draft Considerations (VGK picked William Karlsson)

Two 2017 first round picks and two 2019 second round picks, to take some salary cap off the hands of the Isles and BJs (yeah, we’re going to keep doing that).

So what does it mean for Vegas? 

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Deal With Blue Jackets Likely; VGK Would Get CBJ’s 1st Round Pick

NHL rosters freeze at noon today, and all of the Original 30 must submit their protection lists to the league by 2 PM. But before all that, there’s been a quick rush of rumors, including one, in particular, that could be very lucrative for the Golden Knights.

The Jackets are believed to be trading this year’s first-round draft pick (No. 24 overall) and a prospect (not Pierre-Luc Dubois or Sonny Milano) to Vegas for assurances that the Golden Knights will select either left wing Matt Calvert, center William Karlsson or defenseman Ryan Murray. –Aaron Portzline, Columbus Dispatch

That means, don’t touch young guys like Joonas KorpisaloAlexander Wennberg, and Josh Anderson, and also stay away from Jack Johnson and David Savard. In return, George McPhee gets a golden ticket, another first round pick.

It’s unclear if this deal includes the Golden Knights taking David Clarkson‘s contract off Columbus’ hands. (He’s on long-term IR, but is still owed $5.25M per year until 2020).

That’s not it for the first round picks either…

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