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Film Breakdown: Box-And-One vs Empty Net

The Golden Knights have been stifling teams down the stretch in games when the other team pulls the goalie.

In today’s film breakdown, we look at the box-and-one system the Golden Knights deploy and show examples of what they do well inside of it to make life difficult on opponents.

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Film Breakdown: Why VGK Are Stagnant In The Offensive Zone

This season (and each of the last two postseasons) the Golden Knights have struggled to score goals when playing against a compact defensive setup.

In today’s film breakdown, we show a single shift that displays some good aspects of what Vegas is doing in-zone and quite a few bad ones.

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Film Breakdown: 1-1-3 Neutral Zone

The Golden Knights entered the 2021-22 season with a goal of creating more turnovers in the neutral zone to feed their dominant rush offense. Stealing an idea from a pair of teams that have knocked them out in the playoffs (Dallas and Washington), VGK implemented a 1-1-3 neutral zone setup.

In today’s film breakdown, we explain how the 1-1-3 works and display the strengths and weaknesses it offers the Golden Knights.

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Film Breakdown: Denying Pass At Blue Line On Penalty Kill

Since Pete DeBoer took over as head coach of the Golden Knights, one aspect of the game they’ve been consistently excellent at is penalty killing.

In today’s film breakdown, we show how VGK’s commitment to taking away a single pass on the penalty kill limits the amount of space the Golden Knights must defend, neutralizes one player on the opposing power play, and leads to VGK having one of the strongest penalty kills in the league.

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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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Film Breakdown: Early Gaps Crucial For Golden Knights vs. Colorado

The Golden Knights turned things around from Game 1 to Game 2 defensively. One of the main reasons for the difference was the way they were attacking the Avs speed through the neutral zone.

In today’s film breakdown, we look at the importance of gap control, and especially early gaps, against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Film Breakdown: Nathan MacKinnon’s “Office” At The Blue Line

Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar in the NHL and the Golden Knights must always be aware of him on the ice. An uncommon wrinkle to his game is something Vegas must be especially keen of.

In this film breakdown, I take a look at exactly how the Avalanche get MacKinnon to a dangerous place on the ice with the puck and how difficult it is to defend.

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Film Breakdown: Details Of Dominant 2nd Period Of Game 3

The Golden Knights needed one heck of a response to get into Game 3 and boy did they deliver it in the 2nd period. From down 2-0 (could have been 3-0), the Golden Knights stormed back to score three 2nd period goals and five unanswered.

The keys to the turning of the tide was in the details, which I point out in this episode of film breakdown.

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Film Breakdown: Mattias Janmark’s Direct Style Of Play

The newest Golden Knight has made an immediate impact in Vegas seeing time on both the 2nd and 3rd lines and contributing a goal and two assists in six games.

It’s the style of play that has impressed me the most though, and that’s exactly what I highlight in today’s film breakdown.

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Film Breakdown: VGK’s Dominance When The Opposing Team Pulls Their Goalie

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

This season the Golden Knights boast one of the best penalty-killing units in the NHL. That’s a stat that’s highlighted every single night. “Killing” against the empty-net is not thrust into the spotlight nearly as much, but it’s a place the Golden Knights are equally as good.

It starts with having great personnel to get the job done, which the Golden Knights do. They have used 13 players for more than four minutes in 5-on-6 situations. They are also committed to blocking shots and exiting the zone rather than hunting the empty net goals. Beyond all that, they are structurally excellent, which I break down here…

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