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New VGK Coach, New VGK PP

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No matter who becomes the next coach of the Golden Knights they will have to address Vegas’ underachieving power play. Clearly, the man advantage was one of the reasons the organization missed the playoffs, and why Pete DeBoer was fired. It’s a cold world when your team struggles to net pucks 5-on-4. So, regardless of how it looked over the past two and half seasons the new staff will be tasked with fixing it by opening night.

Trotz has got a lot of interest there’s mo question to that. Additional to Philadelphia his list includes Winnipeg, it’s also believed to include Vegas and Detroit. There could be more. -Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night In Canada

Last season the average power play efficiency was 20.61% with teams scoring on average 49 PP goals. The Golden Knights were below the cut line and totaled ten fewer goals than the league mean. Vegas ended up 25th out of 32 clubs and missed the postseason like all but one team below them (LAK). Had the Golden Knights performed to just the league’s average we’re probably breaking down a second round series or grieving a first round exit.

Most suspect the front office will hire a coach and staff that has had special teams success. Realistically, any candidate that performs above average would net Vegas an extra ten goals. However, there is a lot of expectations and pressure for the next staff. The power play has been under a microscope for some time now and it will continue to be scrutinized. Putting in simple terms, power play success could be a quick way to win over the fanbase.

Currently, the Florida Panthers are the perfect example of how an inept power play can severely damage a team’s pursuit of the Cup. One of the league’s best man-advantage units in the regular season is coming up empty in the second round. In ten power play opportunities the Panthers have one goal to show for it. Tonight, they’re facing elimination. A few conversions may have changed the trajectory of the Sunshine State series.

No one is expecting the Golden Knights to lead the league in power play goals next season but fans are simply asking for an improvement. Letting go of Pete DeBoer was a sign the organization desired an upgrade. Maybe it’ll be a simple strategy change or new offensive weapons. All the Golden Knights need is more production from their special teams to go along with VGK’s history of solid 5-on-5 play. If not, history will most definitely repeat itself.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 (33-26-4 70 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were back home to face the Florida Panthers trying to break their five game losing streak. Florida took the first lead of the game eight minutes in to the non-conference matchup. Vegas held together and created several quality opportunities which Brett Howden took advantage of. The 23-year-old forward made a nifty move scoring his sixth of the season. 

The Golden Knights broke the tie early in the middle period from the help of Evgenii Dadonov. The 33-year-old scored twice in the middle frame to stretch Vegas’ lead to 3-1. Florida scored late in the period to climb within one. 

Florida tied the game with a mid-period power play but Vegas would quickly respond. Nic Roy regained the Golden Knights lead :57 second later with his 12th goal of the season. Vegas fought off several attacks from Florida in the final minutes and sealed their victory with an empty net goal from William Karlsson. 

The Golden Knights break their losing streak  and improve their record to 33-26-4 defeating the Panthers 5-3. Vegas will get a chance to get back to back wins on Saturday against LA. Puck drop for an important divisional game is set for 1 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the first time in quite a while, the Golden Knights put together a game they can truly be proud of. Playing at a breakneck pace against an excellent Florida Panthers team, the Golden Knights matched them chance for chance. There were multiple opportunities for the game to head south, but VGK’s gaps defensively and crisp attack through the neutral zone kept them on the right foot all night. It’s the exact type of game they needed to break the losing streak and feel much better about their game. If they can back it up Saturday, the feeling around Vegas will change dramatically heading into the deadline on Monday. (Recap by Ken)


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FLORIDA PANTHERS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (25-16-3 53 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights continued their four-game road trip with a matchup in South Florida against the high-powered Panthers. Vegas took the opening lead after Zach Whitecloud scored his 6th goal of the season. Late in the period the Panthers disrupted a Golden Knights power play and tied the game with a shorthanded goal. 

Early in the middle frame the Panthers took the lead on a difficult bounce that skipped by Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner. Vegas had two 2nd period power play opportunities but couldn’t capitalize on either. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights trailed 2-1.

Vegas captain Mark Stone missed an open net for a chance to even the score midway through the final period. It ended up being the difference as the Golden Knights couldn’t match the score and Panthers added two empty-net goals in the final minute. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 25-16-2 falling 4-1 to the Panthers. Vegas will wrap up their road trip this Saturday in Tampa. Puck drop against the Lightning is set for 4 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: At even-strength, the Golden Knights hung in there against one of the best teams in the NHL. It was the power play that really killed the Golden Knights as not only were they unable to score on multiple key opportunities, but they allowed a shorthanded goal which was a backbreaker. (Recap by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 (33-22-8 74 PTS)

Recap: Vegas hosted the Florida Panthers for Miracle Night at the T-Mobile Arena. 40 years ago, the United States hockey team beat the Soviets, and the Golden Knights welcomed in the Miracle on Ice roster.

Florida jumped out to quick start taking the 1-0 lead 3:28 into the game. Tomas Nosek tied the game later in the period scoring his 7th goal of the season. After the opening 20 minutes the game was locked up 1-1.

The Panthers regained the lead quickly into the 2nd period. On a carryover power play, Florida took advantage and took a 2-1 edge. William Carrier tied the game for Vegas with his 7th goal of the season. Max Pacioretty scored his 29th, giving his team the 3-2 lead right before the period expired.

Reilly Smith doubled Vegas’ lead just :19 seconds into the final period. Smith buried his 24th goal of the year stretching the lead 4-2. The Panthers got within one but Smith would score his second of the game on an empty-net goal. The Golden Knights closed out the game 5-3.

Vegas’ record improves to 33-22-8 and remain in 1st place in the Pacific with 74 points. The Golden Knights take a quick trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks tomorrow night. Game time is scheduled for 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Like the Tampa game, it took the Golden Knights a minute to sort out their puck management issues early in the game. When they did, late in the 1st, they took over and started controlling a majority of the play. A few excellent plays by the Panthers kept them in the game, but the Golden Knights were the better team and wore the Panthers down. A 5-game win streak against some of the best teams in the league has the Golden Knights looking at an exciting end of the season and playoff run. (Analysis by Ken)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Marc-Andre Fleury
** William Carrier
* Reilly Smith

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 FLORIDA PANTHERS 2 (28-21-7 63 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to finish off the road trip in Florida earning nine of a possible 16 points. Vegas did just that with a quick goal by Mark Stone 2:15 into the game. The Panthers would tie it up late in the 1st, and took a 1-1 tie into the intermission.

Stone would add his second early go ahead goal 1:41 into the 2nd period. Up 2-1 for most of the period, Florida tied the game 2-2 close to the midway point of the game. However, Vegas regained the lead :26 seconds later with Max Pacioretty’s 22nd goal of the season. After 40 minutes, the Golden Knights led the Panthers 3-2.

The Golden Knights took over the game quickly in the final 20 minutes. Nate Schmidt added Vegas’ 4th goal of the game :17 seconds into the 3rd period. Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault later added goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Pacioretty would add his second to finish off the Panthers 7-2.

Vegas’ record improves to 28-21-7 and head home after a long eight-game road trip. The team will hit the ice on Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights used early goals to take control of this game. However, they allowed the Panthers to claw back into the game after the 1st and 2nd goals. From the moment the game was tied at two though, Vegas took over and completely dominated the Panthers. An absolutely perfect 3rd period started with a goal from Nate Schmidt and snowballed on the Panthers as it appeared they gave up midway through. Excellent road win and a great night with the whole division taking L’s. (Analysis by Ken)


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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Everyone else was good too
** Mark Stone
* Mark Stone

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 FLORIDA PANTHERS 5 (34-26-5 73 PTS) – SO (1-0)

A great start for the Golden Knights got them on the board first with a Paul Stastny draw win and goal. Then, Vegas found itself in the box a few times and ended up allowing three straight. They would go on to dominate the first 18 minutes of the 2nd period scoring three unanswered of their own including a pair from defensemen Colin Miller and Jon Merrill. But once again, a late period goal by the Panthers tied it up heading into the 3rd. Florida struck again and was starting to get late when Vegas tied it back up to go into OT. A few chances each way including one off the pipe for Pacioretty but no one could put one home. Subban stones them all in shootout and Shea Theodore hits the game-winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Nikita Gusev’s team is down 0-2 in the KHL playoffs. Could he come as soon as mid-March?

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Jon Merrill
* Reilly Smith

FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (29-21-4 62 PTS)

Florida scored just 12 seconds into the game on a break started by a collision from Paul Stastny and Shea Theodore. An individual effort by Max Pacioretty tied the game up in the 1st. A fast-paced 2nd period came and went without any goals. A turnover in the offensive zone by Jonathan Marchessault led to a bad pinch from Shea Theodore and a poor defensive effort from William Karlsson to allow the game-winning goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

  • Steve Carp’s Sunday column
  • A case to split up the only working line

Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Paul Stastny
** Alex Tuch
* Max Pacioretty

FLORIDA PANTHERS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (30-11-4 64 PTS) – OT

The Golden Knights fall into three holes by scores of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, but they were able to tie the score each time. An incredible goal by James Neal with less than three to go sent the game to overtime, but a quick 3-on-3 session ended with a Florida goal.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

  • Perron’s ability to control the puck is unmatched and irreplaceable for the Golden Knights.

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Aleksander Barkov
* Aaron Ekblad

Bye Week Returning The Favor; Next Three Opponents Coming Off Bye

Coach Gerard Gallant is not a fan of the CBA mandated bye week the Golden Knights just returned from. In fact, he pretty much blamed the loss to the Oilers on the break.

Tonight was all about having five days off, for me. We weren’t sharp, we didn’t do the right things, we didn’t play our typical game. -Gallant

It’s easy to say that your team is rested and you’re ready to jump. But when you have five days from your break, it’s tough to get going. -Gallant

Where the bye week taketh, the bye week really giveth too. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In the mind of the man behind the bench, the bye week took a point away from the Golden Knights.

Of the 14 teams to have played after their bye, 12 of them played each other, the other two are the Golden Knights and the Coyotes, who both played Edmonton. Both Vegas and Arizona lost.

The same trend occured last year.

As of February 21, 2017 there have been 25 teams that have completed their league mandated holiday and those teams are a staggering 7-18 (28%) in their first game back. Breaking down this unique situation even further, teams returning from their mid-season vacations on home ice are a pathetic 4-13 (23.53%). -Rob Hansen, Covers.com

Ok, now time for the good news. The Golden Knights next three opponents are ALL coming off the bye to play Vegas. Yep, Nashville’s bye ended yesterday, Tampa Bay’s ends on Wednesday, and Florida’s ends Thursday.

The Golden Knights felt fortunate to get a point out of their first game back, now they’ve got a chance to to get that point back, and then some, with three straight games in an envious position.

It’s not quite VegasFlu, but hey, ByeWeekFlu might be just as good this week.

(stick tap to @HockeyResearch8)

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