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Golden Knights Have Proven Success Without Stone In Lineup

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On January 12th of last season, Golden Knights captain Mark Stone played in his last regular season game of 2022-23. Vegas’ roster battled through the schedule without their leader and secured the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

We all know what transpired once the postseason began.

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Without Stone in the second half of last season, the captain’s teammates went 23-9-7 to finish out the string of regular season games. It was a bit of a surprise but also a sign of what to expect in the postseason. The Stone-less lineup averaged 3.23 goals per game and allowed only 2.67 per contest. Coach Bruce Cassidy got his entire roster to buy in and finish off the season strong without their heart and soul.

January 14, 2023 to April 13, 2023 – Games Without Stone

  • Record: 23-9-7 (53 Points)
  • Points Percentage: .679
  • Goals Scored: 126
  • Goals Allowed: 104
  • Games with 4 or More Goals Scored: 20
  • Games with 5 or More Goals Scored: 9
  • Winning Streak of 4 Games or More: 3
  • Record vs. Playoff Teams: 12-6-4 (26 Points)
  • Shots Per Game: 30.5
  • Games Scoring First Goal: 22
  • Blocks Per Game: 17.74

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Roy, Marchessault, Barbashev Making Case To Remain Together

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With Jack Eichel and William Karlsson out of the lineup, the Golden Knights knew they had to look to Nic Roy to fill some pretty massive shoes at center. The former 4th round pick has deputized up the lineup on multiple occasions, but rarely has he been asked to carry the load as a top-six center.

Bruce Cassidy opted for continuity in keeping Chandler Stephenson with Mark Stone, which meant Roy found himself between Jonathan Marchessault and Ivan Barbashev.

The line got off to a bit of a slow start, failing to score in each of their first two games together (Marchessault scored an empty netter with a different group), but the underlying numbers indicated good things to come. And starting with the home game against the New York Rangers, boy did they come.

In the last six games, the trio has combined for 13 goals, 31 points, and a +18 rating. All three of Roy, Marchessault, and Barbashev are on six-game point streaks and they’ve been on the ice for multiple goals in five of the six games.

The advanced metrics are strong as well. The line has posted a 52% Corsi, 54% shot share, and have outchanced their opponents 59-41 and 26-16 at high danger. These numbers easily outpace the team average and also outpace each player’s average this season.

Success like this will always breed two questions. First, will it continue, and second should they stay together when the injured players return?

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Golden Knights Going To The Best Area To Score Goals, Fueling 3 Game Win Streak

Want to win in the NHL? There’s one specific place on the ice where you must be better than your opponent.

These last three games for the Golden Knights, they’ve dominated there.

Early in the year, there were some games where we played well but we ran into a hot goalie. But the Winter Classic and some of the other recent ones I think we could have been better at generating offense with a little more will and second effort. Usually that requires an inside presence and that’s how we got back in the game, we got inside. -Bruce Cassidy

The Golden Knights erased a two-goal 3rd period deficit on Saturday night because they killed the Penguins directly in front of the goal. In fact, Vegas has been excellent in the low slot for the last three games, and it’s why despite the depleted roster, they’ve been winning.

Here’s a look at where each goal was scored from in the last three games against Nashville, New York, and Pittsburgh.

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“We Have To Find A Way To Score Some Goals”

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With the injuries stacking up, the Golden Knights need a lot more offensively out of those who are in the lineup. That starts with the man who etched his name into the Conn Smythe trophy a year ago.

At the end of the day, we have to find a way to score some goals. It’s a privilege to play in the NHL and you have to find a way to do the job because they don’t care what you’ve done in the past so you need to take the opportunity in front of you and right now we don’t have enough guys that are doing that. When you have Jack and Karlsson not there, a guy like me, you have to find the back of the net. -Jonathan Marchessault

Marchessault hasn’t scored in the last nine games. He had scored 17 in the first 34 games which had him on pace for a 40-goal season. Now, he needs to get going again just to reach 30.

His linemate is in a similar slump. Ivan Barbashev also hasn’t found the back of the net in Vegas’ last nine games. Barbashev’s production has been scarce this season when he has played on a line without both Jack Eichel and Mark Stone. When matched up with both of VGK’s best players, Barbashev is recording nearly a point per game, without them, he’s barely reaching a point every five games.

Barbashev-Eichel-Stone (16 games): 5 goals, 8 assists, 13 points,
Barbashev-Eichel-Marchessault (24 games): 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Barbashev-Karlsson-Marchessault (2 games): 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points

Head coach Bruce Cassidy is begging for offense down the lineup as well.

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Call Me Crazy, But… (Ken’s 2023-24 Picks)

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It’s hot take time. Using our favorite format, we’ll be sharing some of our off-the-wall opinions on how we see the 2023-24 season going for the Golden Knights. At the end of each article, we’ll also share some of our favorites from the SinBin Discord. Ken’s first, Jason tomorrow.

Call me crazy, but Adin Hill will receive more Vezina votes than Linus Ullmark and Ilya Sorokin combined… and still not win the award.

It’s weird that it almost feels like expecting Adin Hill to be good is a hot take. After the insane run he went on in the postseason there’s an expectation of regression from most. However, I don’t have it, at least in the short term. I expect Hill to step right back into the goal and continue doing exactly what he did in his 16 playoff appearances. He’s a perfect fit to tend the VGK goal when the defense is clicking, which I expect it to be for most of the season.

Call me crazy, but VGK’s power play will finish in the Top 10 in the NHL this season.

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2023 VGK Free Agency Tracker

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A roundup of all the signings, rumors, and rumbling surrounding the Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights as free agency opens in advance of the 2023-24 season.

*This article will be updated throughout the day as more information rolls in.*

  • Adin Hill has been re-signed to a two-year contract with $4.9 million AAV (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Reilly Smith has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2024 3rd round pick, VGK’s original selection (Source: @KevinWeekes)
  • Ivan Barbashev has agreed to a five-year contract extension with $5 million AAV (Source: Golden Knights)
  • The Golden Knights have tendered qualifying offers to RFAs, Brett Howden, Jiri Patera, and Pavel Dorofeyev (Source: Golden Knights)
  • Jonathan Quick is expected to sign with the New York Rangers. (Source: @KevinWeekes)
  • Silver Knights captain Brayden Pachal has signed a two-year two-way contract with an NHL salary of $775,000 AAV. (Source: Golden Knights)
  • Teddy Blueger signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks worth $1.9 million. (Source: @Canucks)
  • Laurent Brossoit signed with the Winnipeg Jets for one-year at $1.75 million. (Source: @reporterchris)
  • VGK has signed defenseman Mason Geertsen to a two-year two-way contract with an NHL league minimum value. (Source: @PuckPedia)
  • Mason Morelli has signed a two-year two-way contract with the Golden Knights at the NHL league minimum. (Source: Golden Knights)
  • Jiri Patera has signed a one-year two-way deal with VGK. (Source: @PuckPedia)
  • Gage Quinney has signed a two-year two-way contract to remain with the Golden/Silver Knights. (Source: @PuckPedia)

Former VGK players

  • Mattias Janmark has signed a one-year contract worth $1 million to remain in Edmonton. (Source: Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dylan Coghlan has been extended a qualifying offer by the Carolina Hurricanes. (Source: @WaltRuff)
  • Ryan Reaves is expected to sign a multi-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs (Source: @TheFourthPeriod)
    • Reaves has signed a three-year deal with $1.3 million AAV. (Source: @DarrenDreger)
  • Erik Brannstrom signed a one-year contract worth $2 million to remain with the Ottawa Senators. (Source: @Senators)
  • Evgenii Dadonov signed a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.25 million with the Dallas Stars. (Source: @DallasStars)
  • Erik Haula re-signed in New Jersey for three years at $3.15 million AAV. (Source: @KevinWeekes)
  • Oscar Dansk returns to the Calgary Flames on a one-year two-way contract for the league minimum. (Source: @NHLFlames)
  • Colin Miller was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a 5th round pick. (Source: @NJDevils)
  • Max Pacioretty has signed with the Washington Capitals for one-year at $2 million plus $2 million in bonuses. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
  • Patrick Brown has signed with the Boston Bruins for two years at $800,000 AAV. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Cody Glass has re-signed with the Predators for two years at $2.5 million (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Malcolm Subban has signed a one-year two-way contract with St. Louis for the league minimum.
  • Ryan Carpenter has signed with the Sharks on a one-year two-way deal worth the league minimum.
  • Jimmy Schuldt has signed a one-year two-way contract with Seattle for the league minimum.

Simplified Salary Cap Tracker

  • VGK are approximately $3,576,683 UNDER the salary cap with a 19-man roster (11 F, 8 D, 2 G)
    • Eichel, Stone, Karlsson, Marchessault, Barbashev, Roy, Stephenson, Carrier, Kolesar, Cotter, Amadio – $45,487,500
    • Pietrangelo, Martinez, Theodore, McNabb, Whitecloud, Hague, Hutton, Pachal – $28,769,150
    • Hill, Thompson – $5,666,667
  • Qualifying Offers – Howden^ ($1,500,000), Dorofeyev ($874,125), Patera^ ($787,500)
  • Expected LTIR – Lehner ($5,000,000)

^Arbitration eligible

**This is an inexact salary estimation designed to give a rough outline of how much cap space the Golden Knights have to operate with. For exact up-to-date salary cap information, visit PuckPedia.com.**

IVAN BARBASHEV SIGNS 5-YEAR CONTRACT WITH GOLDEN KNIGHTS

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The Golden Knights have continued getting business done today announcing the signing of Ivan Barbashev to a five-year contract worth $25 million ($5 million AAV).

Barbashev scored 18 points in 22 playoff games after being acquired at the trade deadline for former 1st round pick Zach Dean.

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