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Recap: Tomas Nosek got Vegas on the board early in the 1st period giving the home team a 1-0 lead. Nosek picked up his fourth point in the past five games. Marc-Andre Fleury was steady in the opening period stopping all 12 Wild shots. 

Both goalies were outstanding in the middle frame combining for 14 saves. The game stood 1-0 Vegas after two periods played. 

Minnesota’s offense woke up in the 3rd period scoring two straight goals. The Wild tied it up with a power play and took the lead a minute later. The Golden Knights couldn’t muster much with their net empty.

Vegas’ record drops to 24-10- 2 with their 2-1 defeat to Minnesota. The Golden Knights hit the road for the next two games to take on the Blues in St. Louis. Monday’s game is scheduled for 5 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offensive power outage returned in this one as the only time Vegas scored it was literally accidental. They had a few great chances but failed to convert. On the other end, while the defense certainly improved, the concern of Minnesota scoring in tight continued. As the season heads towards the stretch run, this appears it could be a playoff series, and the Golden Knights have to figure out how to solve the Wild riddle. (Analysis by Ken)

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Location Of Minnesota Wild Goals Should Raise Red Flags For Golden Knights

Tonight will be meeting six of the eight scheduled this season between the Golden Knights and Wild. So far, the Wild hold a slight edge having won three of the five games and have amassed seven points in the matchup compared to the Golden Knights’ five.

The Wild are currently the team Vegas has had the least amount of success against, especially defensively. The Golden Knights have allowed a total of 82 goals in 35 games, good for 2.34 goals against per game. Against the Wild, that number shoots up to 2.80 per game, about a half goal worse than their average and the highest of any VGK opponent.

One of the main reasons for this is the style of goals the Wild have been scoring against the Golden Knights. Unlike what we’ve seen from many other Vegas opponents this year, the Wild have harassed the Golden Knights goal crease, specifically at 5-on-5. Of their 10 5-on-5 goals, six of them have come with the puck sitting in the blue paint. Contrast that to Vegas, who have just one.

MIN goals vs. VGK

VGK goals vs. MIN

Minnesota likes to play a transition-style game in which they trade chances with their opponent, a style the Golden Knights deployed under Gallant the first season but have pivoted away from. That style usually leads to rush goals, which are typically scored a bit further away from the goal crease. But against Vegas, they’ve lived in the goal crease. When contrast to where the Golden Knights have gotten their goals, this is a bit concerning for not only tonight but a potential playoff series next month.

Quite simply, the Wild have scored from more replicable places on the ice than the Golden Knights have in the first five meetings.

Both sides of the ice are issues. It’s the defensive side that’s of bigger concern to me though.

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Recap: William Karlsson got Vegas off to a quick start scoring his 10th goal of the season 3:29 into the game. Minnesota caught up later in the period directing a pass by Robin Lehner. The game was tied 1-1 after the opening twenty minutes.

Lehner and Minnesota’s Cam Talbot put on a show in the middle frame. Both goalies were superb shutting down a combined 31 shots on net. The game was locked up 1-1 after 40 minutes played. 

Brayden McNabb broke the tie early in 3rd period with his first goal of the season. The Wild didn’t go away and tied that game on a 4-on-3 power play. 

The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and needed overtime and a shootout to settle the score. The Wild snuck one past Lehner in shootouts and won 3-2.

Vegas’ record drops to 24-9-2 with their 3-2 defeat in a shootout to Minnesota. The two teams will resume their two-game set on Saturday night. The game is scheduled for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: What an awesome hockey game that one was. The Golden Knights created plenty of amazing chances but Talbot robbed a whole bunch of them. It’s a bit concerning how wide-open the game was, a reoccurring theme against the Wild, but with Vegas playing two men short it’s nothing to lose sleepover. Take the point and be thankful the Golden Knights goalie was great in his own right to keep it from being back-to-back regulation losses. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The game got off to a quick start up in Minnesota. The Wild scored :19 seconds into the game, but Dylan Coghlan answered right back for the Golden Knights. After the opening twenty minutes the game was knotted up 1-1. 

The middle period was physical, tense and tight. Both teams had quality chances but goaltender’s Marc-Andre Fleury and Kaapo Kahkonen were flawless, stopping all 17 second period shots. 

Minnesota jumped out strong in the final frame, scoring three straight goals. However, Vegas got more help from Coghlan who scored two in the period and picked up his first NHL hat trick on the same night as his first NHL goal. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and Vegas lost 4-3. 

The Golden Knights record drops to 16-6-1 with their 4-3 loss to the Wild. Vegas will travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues on Friday night. The game against is scheduled for 5 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: A high-speed game between these two teams will always favor the Wild and in the end that’s what eneded up happening in this one. Vegas just made too many mistakes leading to goals and penalties and they were on the wrong side of the chance numbers all night. Plus, Vegas didn’t get into the blue paint enough offensively, much like Monday. The late push was fun, but it shouldn’t mask the issues VGK faced in these games. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: Vegas continued their lengthy road trip making a two-game stop in Minnesota. The Wild jumped on the scoreboard first ten minutes into the opening period. The Golden Knights offense came up empty, only generated five shots on net. 

Trailing 1-0, Vegas came out shooting in the middle frame. The Golden Knights outshot the Wild 14-5 but it wouldn’t be enough. Minnesota held Vegas scoreless for the second straight period and skated into the intermission up one. 

The 3rd period was tight with both teams limiting chances on net. Vegas couldn’t get enough quality shots and were shutout for the second time this season. Minnesota was awarded a late empty-net goal to win by two.

The Golden Knights record drops to 16-5-1 with their 2-0 loss to the Wild. The two teams will face off again Wednesday in Minnesota. The game against the Wild is scheduled for 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Without arguably their best forward and best defenseman the Golden Knights looked a bit on the anemic side offensively. They struggled to maintain any level of consistency in the offensive zone and were plagued by turnovers in the 1st period. Scoring depth is an issue for this team and without two stars, it really shows itself. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: Alex Tuch continued his hot streak quickly in the 1st period against Minnesota. Tuch’s 9th of the season gave Vegas the early lead 2:03 into the game. Marc-Andre Fleury was superb stopping all 10 shots by the Wild in the opening 20 minutes. 

The Golden Knights had multiple chances on the power play in the 2nd period but couldn’t convert one into a goal. However, seconds after a man-advantage ran out Jonathan Marchessault doubled Vegas’ lead with a nifty top-shelf score. Minnesota would get one back, and after 40 minutes played the Golden Knights held a 2-1 advantage. 

The Wild pressured in the first half of the period but Fleury kept calm. Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson stretched the lead, and William Karlsson secured the victory with a late empty-net goal. The Golden Knights won 5-1 and sent Minnesota packing. 

With their 5-1 victory over the Wild, the Golden Knights record improves to 14-4-1. Vegas hits the road for the next six games. They’ll next play on Friday night in San Jose. The game against the Sharks is scheduled for 7:30 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights needed some magic to recover the game on Monday, tonight they came out and handled Minnesota like a 1st place team should in their own building. Vegas was much better in all three zones and got some nice individual efforts from a number of guys to put the puck in the net offensively. The Wild aren’t someone to take lightly come playoff time, but the Golden Knights gave them something to think about with a pair of home victories. (Analysis by Ken)

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Golden Knights Buck The Trend Against The Wild

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The Minnesota Wild came into last night’s matchup with the Golden Knights winning six straight games. Their streak ended when Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner for Vegas in overtime. The victory at home and in front of 2,600 fans was dramatic but also a rarity for the Golden Knights. It was only the third time Vegas beat Minnesota in nine tries. Maybe the tides have changed after last night’s heroics.

It seems like every time you play in Vegas whether you have the lead or they have the lead they come out in the 3rd. They really come at you and it’s tough to play against them. -Nick Bjugstad, MIN forward

Since the inaugural 2017-18 season, no other Western Conference team has given the Golden Knights more of a headache than the Wild. In nine meetings, Vegas has lost six and won twice in overtime or a shootout. The Golden Knights had struggled so much that their second-worst points percentage (.333) in team history came against the Wild.

What makes Minnesota such a difficult opponent for Vegas?

I think they got caught up in the rush game to a certain extent. It went both directions. Minnesota had chances, Vegas had chances. The difference was that Minnesota was still able to play well in their defensive zone when it called for it. Vegas was not really tight in the 2nd period. -Mike McKenna, AT&T Sports Analyst

Maybe, it was the pace of the game. The Wild can really move and they make quick decisions. From accurate stretch passes to their ability to collect and convert rebounds, Minnesota presents a problem for Vegas. Last night’s 2nd period was the perfect example. The Golden Knights were challenged with pressure and speed in their own zone, and couldn’t hold on to the puck in the Wild’s zone for very long.

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Recap: The Golden Knights welcomed not only the Minnesota Wild but more importantly the return of VGK fans in the building. The 1st period was tight but both teams had plenty of chances on net. After the opening 20 minutes the game was locked in a scoreless tie. 

The offense picked up in the middle frame. Cody Glass and Max Pacioretty picked up a power play goal a piece, but the Wild strongly answered. Minnesota scored four 2nd period goals to carry a 4-2 lead into the second intermission. 

It took Vegas almost half of the 3rd period to get their first shot on net. The Wild did a good job of locking up defensively limiting the Golden Knights chances in the final period. However, Nic Hague was able to keep his team in the game with his second goal of the season. Vegas pulled Marc-Andre Fleury late and it paid off. Alex Tuch’s eighth goal of the season tied the game 4-4 with :42 seconds left in the game. Pacioretty added his second goal to win the game in overtime.

With their impressive come from behind 5-4 victory in OT the Golden Knights record improves to 13-4-1. The two teams matchup again on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Well, they let the fans back in for the right game. It was probably the best game of the season from a competitive standpoint and the Golden Knights simply would not be denied. Mark Stone played like a runaway Hart Trophy candidate and the rest of the team jumped on his back in the 3rd period. The 2nd is definitely concerning considering how the Wild exploited VGK a bit, but in the end, who cares, what a comeback win. (Analysis by Ken)

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Probabilities Of Each Opponent Based On Round-Robin Seed

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The NHL is a league built on parity. Winning the Stanley Cup is as much about matchups (and luck) as it is the skill of any given team. This year, the matchups have a chance to vary wildly as the league is re-seeding teams at the conclusions of the play-in and first rounds.

Unlike the eight teams with set play-in round matchups, the Golden Knights seed throughout the tournament is dependant on their performance in three round-robin games. The round-robin not only determines who the Golden Knights will play in the 1st Round, but it also determines the opponent in the 2nd round as well.

With four games in the play-in round, there are 16 possible outcomes between the eight teams. Using William Hill odds, we ranked them from most likely to least likely to occur. Then, using those rankings, we are able to show the probabilities of which team the Golden Knights would be most likely to face depending on which seed they end up with in the round-robin. (An explanation of how I arrived at these numbers is at the end of the article.)

 #1 Seed#2 Seed#3 Seed#4 Seed
Edmonton (5)59.6%
Nashville (6)33.0%22.3%
Vancouver (7)19.1%28.4%10.5%
Calgary (8)10.4%22.9%16.8%4.1%
Winnipeg (9)8.7%19.3%14.2%3.5%
Minnesota (10)13.8%20.6%7.6%
Arizona (11)26.7%18.1%
Chicago (12)40.4%

As you can see from the chart, there’s a significant advantage to finish atop the round-robin. Finishing first eliminates the possibility of a matchup with Edmonton, Nashville, or Vancouver, while coming in fourth takes away any chance to play Chicago, Arizona, or Minnesota.

Compare that to this chart, how Vegas has played against each of these eight teams.

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Recap: The first period was a bit of the mess for the Golden Knights up in Minnesota. Vegas was awarded a power play :30 seconds into the game but couldn’t take the early lead. The Wild jumped all over their man-advantages, scoring twice to take a 2-0 first period lead. The Golden Knights had three total power plays but could only muster up two shots.

Minnesota doubled their lead to 4-0 in the middle frame. One of the Wild’s second period goals was on the power play, scoring three so far in the game. Vegas again had trouble getting going on offense, and continued to struggle on special teams.

Down 4-0, coach Pete DeBoer replaced Marc-Andre Fleury with backup Malcolm Subban to start the final period. Neither team had much offense in the 3rd, combining for only nine shots on net. The Wild closed out the period and finished off Vegas 4-0.

Vegas’ record drops to 28-22-8 and sit on 64 points. The team heads home and will face the reigning Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Puck drops at 7p. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The special teams were especially bad tonight. Despite having heaps of chances on the PP the Golden Knights did nothing and they couldn’t kill a penalty to save their lives. From there, they became undisciplined and it devolved into a nightmare. An absolute trainwreck from start to finish. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** Brayden McNabb
* William Karlsson

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