The Golden Knights have picked it up defensively over the last few games. After allowing four or more goals in seven of eight games, Vegas has been dinged for four or more goals in just one of the last eight games.
One of the key reasons for that is Logan Thompson.
I always look at it more as team defense but the biggest part of team defense is usually your goaltender. The other five guys have to do their job. I think when we are at our best it’s a combination of both. But, we certainly don’t win without him making stops. He’s the biggest part of team defense. -Bruce Cassidy
In his last four starts, Thompson has allowed just seven goals against while posting a .943 save percentage.
Starting to feel like myself again. Since the Winter Classic game, I’ve felt good in the crease and I’m just trying to keep that going. -Logan Thompson
Early in the season, Thompson and Adin Hill shared starts and it went quite well for both of them. Then, injuries struck, and the rhythm was thrown off.
Hill was injured for the first time on November 30th, which forced Thompson into the goal more often than originally expected. The results were there at the start as he won five of his first seven starts as the undisputed starter in Hill’s absence. On December 19th though, Thompson picked up an injury that kept him out for the next week. When he returned, it was a struggle for a few games. Now, he seems to have found his mojo again.
He’s been real good lately, very consistent. I’ve liked his game. The workload is a good opportunity for him and I think he wants to be leaned on more and he’s producing. -Bruce Cassidy
The timing couldn’t be better for the Golden Knights either. With the injuries stacking up, they need to keep the scores lower to win. Thus, Thompson has to be at his absolute best. Fortunately for the nearly 27-year-old, this isn’t the first time he’s been put in this situation.
I’m not going to put any more pressure (on myself). I’ve been in this spot before. It takes me back to my first year coming up, we had a lot of bodies out. It’s the same thing except I think everybody has a lot more experience now. -Thompson
It appears Adin Hill’s return could be coming soon and it would be much welcome with a pair of back-to-backs coming up on the road before the All Star break. However, as long as Thompson continues to play the way he has for the last week or so, the Golden Knights will be just fine with him shouldering the load.