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Recap: The Golden Knights looked to end their losing streak by hosting the LA Kings for their third of four matchups this season. Vegas’ offense started off hot scoring two goals in the 1st period. Top forwards Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith gave the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. LA cut the lead in half late in the period trailing Vegas by one in the opening frame.

The Kings evened the score :30 into the 2nd period with a power play goal. Pacioretty regained Vegas’ lead adding his second of the night. LA tied the game 3-3 late in the period and took the momentum into the 2nd intermission.

Both teams played conservatively and defensively in the final period. Neither team allowed any quality opportunities and the game needed an overtime period to decide a winner. LA took the two points with a beautiful passing sequence for the game winning goal.

The Golden Knights record drops to 28-18-4 falling to the Kings in overtime. Vegas hits the road for the next two games beginning in San Jose on Sunday evening. Puck drop is set for 5 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights had a strong game in the offensive zone but they struggled to get there and stay there with any consistency. They took advantage of their chances when they did though. A few transition chances and a power play goal let the Kings back in it. (Recap by Ken)

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Recap: The opening 20 minutes in Los Angeles were wild. Both clubs looked sluggish to start but around the midway point of the period the game opened up. First Reilly Smith gave Vegas a 1-0 lead on the power play and Keegan Kolesar tipped in another :26 seconds later. LA immediately answered to cut the lead in half but Jonathan Marchessault regained Vegas’ two goal lead moments later. Altogether, the two teams combined for 4 goals in 1:16.

Vegas continued to pressure LA in the second period scoring twice to take a 5-1 advantage. LA would earn one back with a shorthanded goal to pull within three.

The Golden Knights took a 6-2 lead after Marchessault’s second goal of the game and 16th of the season. LA inched closer but never threatened Vegas’ advantage.

The Golden Knights record improves to 21-12-0 defeating the Kings 6-3 in LA. Vegas returns home for a six-game homestand beginning on Friday. The Golden Knights and Ducks will face off on New Year’s Eve. Puck drop is set for Noon. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The game was messy for about the first five minutes. Then the Golden Knight started scoring and never stopped. It wasn’t exactly the best hockey game in the world, but the Golden Knights were much better than the Kings. Like much much much better. (Recap by Ken)

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VGK’s Head-To-Head Dominance Over Pacific Division Slipping

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Since the Golden Knights entered the NHL they’ve done nothing but dominate the Pacific Division.

Not just in the overall standings, in which the Golden Knights have won the division two of the three years they’ve competed in it, but also in the postseason where Vegas has been the last team standing three of the four playoff seasons.

One of the main reasons for this dominance has been the head-to-head play between the teams. Of the six teams still in the division (Arizona left for the Central), the Golden Knights had a combined record of 68-21-8 record coming into this season. That’s 144 points in just 97 games or a points percentage of .742. Against all other teams, VGK have earned 226 points in 194 games for a points percentage of .583.

Literally almost 40% of the points the Golden Knights have earned in franchise history have come on the backs of just six teams. But this year it hasn’t gone as well.

Record against ANA, CGY, EDM, LAK, SJS, and VAN
21-22: 2-4-0 (.333)
20-21: 21-3-0 (.875)
19-20: 13-5-2  (.700)
18-19: 18-8-3 (.672)
17-18: 16-5-3 (.729)

The Golden Knights have won just two games against Pacific Division opponents not named Seattle while dropping four. They’ve lost both division games they’ve played on the road (at LAK, at ANA) and have allowed their opponent to grab at least a point in every game but one, a game they trailed 2-0 six minutes in (vs VAN).

Winning in the division has been a staple for the Golden Knights’ success and one has to wonder what their overall record will look like if they are not amassing huge point totals against the Pacific Division.

Obviously, Seattle has helped as Vegas has beaten them twice in two tries, both in regulation. However, those games were both at T-Mobile Arena and the Kraken appear to be improving as the season progresses. The next two matchups in late March and early April may not be as easy.

There are still 18 games left against division opponents. Including Seattle, the Golden Knights have recorded eight points in the first eight games. To reach their normal pace against the division (.742), they’d need to go 15-2-1.

Making that even trickier, 10 of the 18 games are on the road, including a pair in Edmonton and Calgary who are in 1st and 2nd in the division.

Adding this all up, the fact of the matter is, the Golden Knights are going to need to play much better out of division than they ever have before to reach the playoffs.

There’s no better time than now to start that as nine of the next 10 games are out of the division.

Uncharacteristic Defensive Lapses Haunting VGK To Start Season

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Pick a stat, any stat really, and it’ll paint an ugly picture of how poor the Golden Knights have been defensively through three games. It’s something that’s been out of the norm for the Golden Knights as a franchise and even more so since Pete DeBoer took over 21 months ago.

Many will point to the guy standing between the pipe simply because the name on his back does not roughly translate to Flower, but the reality is the Golden Knights have gotten above average, bordering on great, goaltending through three games.

The problems lie with the skaters in front of Robin Lehner. It’s not just the six playing defense though, it’s the entire group of 18, albeit a different group so far in each of the first three games.

We gave up probably 10 Grade A chances in the 1st period which should be the number for the entire game. We’re not going to win games playing like that. -Reilly Smith

It’s a small sample size of just three games, but the Golden Knights lead the league on a per-game basis in shots against, scoring chances allowed, and high danger chances allowed. They are second in shot attempts conceded and expected goals against, and they are in the top 10 in literally every other negative category NHL stats keep.

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Recap:  The Golden Knights and Kings faced off for their first of four matchups this season. Vegas struck first nine minutes into the opening period after Shea Theodore wristed his first goal of the season from the blue line. Los Angeles tied the game off a rebound and took the lead on a screened shot past goaltender Robin Lehner. After 20 minutes the Kings lead 2-1.

Los Angeles added to their lead three minutes into the middle frame. Newly signed Philip Danault stung the Golden Knights once again with his first goal as a King. Captain Anze Kopitar stretched LA’s lead to 4-1 with his second of the game.

Vegas coach Pete DeBoer replaced Lehner with backup Laurent Brossoit for the final period but it wouldn’t matter. Drew Doughty scored the Kings second power play goal of the night to end any shred of hope of a Vegas comeback.

The Golden Knights record drops to 1-1-0 after their 6-2 defeat in LA. Vegas will have a few days off to prepare for their next opponent on Wednesday night. Puck drop against the St. Louis Blues is scheduled for 7PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights did not look good from the drop of the puck on this night and despite taking a lead (thanks to a major goalie mishap) it never got better. The 2nd period could go down as one of the worst in a long time for the Golden Knights as they allowed two goals and lost Mark Stone to what looks like a serious injury. DeBoer pulled Lehner for the 3rd, and Brossoit allowed a goal on the very first shot he saw. If it could go wrong, it did. (Recap by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights traveled back home to face off against the LA Kings in back-to-back nights. Undrafted prospect Daniil Miromanov gave Vegas the first lead of the game with his second goal in consecutive games. 

Defenseman Alec Martinez doubled Vegas’ lead in the second period, scoring a one-timer on the power play. Martinez’ goal was the fourth on the man-advantage this preseason. Fellow veteran William Karlsson stretched VGK’s lead to 3-0 :18 seconds into the third period and Miromanov poked in another six minutes later. Vegas goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped all 37 shots on net to secure the shutout. 

The Golden Knights even their preseason record to 2-2 with their 4-0 victory against the Kings. Vegas will have a few days off and prepare for another exhibition game against the Colorado Avalanche. Game is scheduled for 6 PM PT from Denver, Colorado. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The first period was a bit of a struggle but as the game went on VGK started to take over. Daniil Miromanov also put forth the most impressive preseason performance since Tyler Wong’s hat trick in the Golden Knights’ very first preseason game. (Recap by Ken)

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LOS ANGELES KINGS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (Preseason Game 3) 1-0 LAK Shootout

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled north to Salt Lake City to participate in their third exhibition game. Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner took net for his first preseason game facing off against the LA Kings.

LA took the quick lead 1:45 into the game picking up a loose rebound and sneaking it by Lehner. The King’s added to their lead early in the middle frame to double up the Golden Knights 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. 

Vegas prospect Daniil Miromanov gave his team some life in the third period with a wicked wrist shot. LA would eventually regain their two goal lead on the power play and win 3-1 in Salt Lake City. 

The Golden Knights preseason record drops to 1-2 with their 3-1 defeat. Vegas and LA will face off again tomorrow night at T-Mobile Arena. Puck drops 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights didn’t really look all too interested in this game. Never really got going as the monotony of the preseason rolls on. (Recap by Ken)

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Offseason Additions And Subtractions In The Pacific Division

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The Golden Knights are back at home in the Pacific Division where they have dominated the competition over the past four seasons. A lot has changed since 2019 though. The NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, are now in the Pacific, Arizona has left for the Central, the Canadian teams all look much different now, and the trio of California teams each ready to see if their rebuilds can start taking shape.

Everyone here already knows all about the Golden Knights and the Kraken are a complete wild card heading into this year, so let’s take a look at the key additions and subtractions from each of the other six teams in the Pacific.

Anaheim Ducks

Add: Greg Pateryn, Danny O’Regan
Subtract: Haydn Fleury, Danton Heinen, Andy Welinski

For a team that is supposed to be in the middle of a rebuild, this was a shockingly boring offseason for the Ducks. They still have a bevy of prospects that could break through at any moment, but looking at what we saw last year coupled with the mild offseason, Anaheim is probably the worst team not only in the Pacific but in the entire NHL.

Calgary Flames

Add: Blake Coleman, Nikita Zadorov, Tyler Pitlick, Trevor Lewis, Andy Welinski
Subtract: Mark Giordano, Josh Leivo, Derek Ryan, Dominik Simon

Losing Giordano hurts, a lot, but they did well to bring in usable players to replace what went out this offseason. Coleman will likely be an excellent option to play somewhere in their strong top-six and it will allow for a bit more depth through what has been a fairly weak 12-man forward group the last few years. One of these times Zadorov is going to find the right fit and become the player most believe he can become, and this certainly might be it. The rest of it is somewhat of a depth reshuffle which is always good for a team that struggled the year before. Calgary likely won’t challenge Vegas atop the division, but they could be a sneaky tough team and they are always a pain in the butt to play against.

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Recap: Tomas Nosek scored his eighth goal of the season early in the game giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead in Los Angeles. Alex Tuch quickly made a two-goal with his second goal in two games. The Kings got one back but Max Pacioretty bounced a puck in LA’s net to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. 

The two teams matched goals in the 2nd period with Vegas getting one from Chandler Stephenson. After 40 minutes the Golden Knights held a 4-2 advantage. 

The offense didn’t slow down for Vegas. Marl Stone and Alex Pietrangelo pitched in goals to stretch the lead to 6-2. Marc-Andre Fleury was strong in net stopping 20 of 22 shots. 

Vegas’ record improves to 29-11-2 after defeating LA 6-2. Vegas travels south to take on the Anaheim Ducks for the next two games. Friday night’s game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Yes! This is what the Golden Knights need to look like. They played incredibly aggressively offensively which included a full complement of four lines with the ability to score. They were attack-oriented all night long and overwhelmed the Kings with their speed and skill. Newcomer Mattias Janmark was terrific and Tomas Jurco’s impact on the fourth line was noticeable. Play like this and Colorado might be in for some trouble.  (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: Vegas got off to a slow start in their second game of a back-to-back. The Kings struck first taking a 1-0 lead 9:41 into the game. The Golden Knights had a few chances late in the period but couldn’t take advantage. 

The King’s took a two goal lead midway through the 2nd period. However, the Golden Knights made a strong push to tie the game 2-2. Nic Roy scored Vegas’ first goal with a nifty flip past LA’s goaltender. Captain Mark Stone tied the game with a shorthanded goal before the period expired. 

Vegas continued to pressure LA in the 3rd period and eventually took the lead on Alex Tuch’s 14th of the season. The Golden Knights were awarded a 3rd period power play and Max Pacioretty recorded his 300th career NHL goal. Pacioretty’s goal was the fourth straight from Vegas. 

Vegas’ record improves to 28-11-2 after defeating LA 4-2. The two teams will square off again on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for 7PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It wasn’t pretty for 40 minutes as the Golden Knights somewhat sleepwalked through the first two periods, but a horrific power play by the Kings turned the tide for Vegas. They tied the game and then woke up in time to completely dominate the Kings in the final 20 minutes. (Analysis by Ken)

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