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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 1 (25-14-5, 55 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were hoping to get back on the winning track hosting the Nashville Predators to a Monday matinee. Captain Mark Stone opened the scoring 15:25 in the opening period to give Vegas a 1-0 going into the first intermission.

Stone didn’t take long in the middle frame to score his second of the game. Late in the period the Predators cut Vegas’ lead in half but Stone wasn’t finished. Less than :30 left in the period VGK’s Captain completed a hat trick. The home team lead 3-1 after 40 minutes of action.

Nashville had chances to get closer but with seconds remaining Jonathan Marchessault sealed the game with an empty net goal.

The Golden Knights record improves to 25-14-5 defeating the Predators 4-1 from T-Mobile Arena. Vegas will continue their homestand on Thursday night against the New York Rangers. Puck drop against the Rangers is scheduled for 7PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It was a bit of a slow start as it took nearly the entire 1st period to record a shot on goal, but once they did the captain took over. Logan Thompson was excellent as well. (Analysis by Ken)

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (48-22-7, 103 PTS) – OT

Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Music City for a matchup with the Nashville Predators. Nashville got off to a quick start scoring the game’s first two goals. The Predators had a third goal called back but carried a 2-0 advantage into the 1st intermission.

Six minutes into the 2nd period Alex Pietrangelo cut the Predators’ lead in half with his 10th goal of 2022-23. The veteran defenseman later tied the contest, shooting a dart into Nashville’s net.

Tied 2-2, Vegas heavily pressured Nashville in the final frame but the Golden Knights couldn’t snap the tie. For the second straight game, VGK needed overtime to decide a victor. After being awarded a power play, the Predators took advantage and the first draft pick in VGK history, Cody Glass, sealed the game.

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 47-22-8 falling to the Predators 3-2 in overtime. Next, Vegas will head home for an important divisional game with the LA Kings. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM on Thursday. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The 1st period was a bit of a nightmare in all areas aside from attacking in the offensive zone for the Golden Knights. However, what they did well carried over to the final 40 and they picked up the rest of the game after going behind by two. After a bunch of games in which they didn’t play great but won, this is one where they did and didn’t. Special teams were a problem. (Analysis by Ken)

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Sellers Lining Up For VGK And Other Buyers

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At this point in the NHL season most teams are aware of their surroundings. The Ducks, Coyotes, and Blackhawks are clear sellers, and on the flip side, the Golden Knights represent the group of buyers.

I think they are at least considering taking a big shot at something. They were looking at Ivan Barbashev and now what I think they’re doing is ‘do we have a big move in us? Can we do two or three things.’ I think they’re looking at what’s the best way to maximize our opportunities. –Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet

Not only will Vegas be competing against other contenders for available impact players but they’ll be looking to maximize their new-found flexibility. The Golden Knights and other postseason hopefuls have been linked to certain individuals but some of those names are now off the board. While active teams are scheming and strategizing, middling teams are facing difficult decisions.

For example, take the Nashville Predators. Nashville’s offense exploded on Saturday, scoring seven goals in their 7-3 victory over Florida. However, ignore that outing because the Predators’ GM has. Longtime general manager David Poile announced this week that the Predators are open for business.

I do not think we are a buyer. I think if things don’t change more favorably we certainly could be a seller, but that’s not today. -David Poile, Predators GM

In his 24 years behind the scenes with the Predators, Poile’s teams have reached the Stanley Cup Finals once. So, he’s seen his share of mediocrity. With 11 days before the trade deadline he’s telling Cup contenders that he’ll be taking calls, not making them.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 1 (30-18-4, 64 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights were back from their break and so was the team’s offense. Nashville opened the scoring but Vegas stormed right back. The visiting team scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 advantage into the first intermission. 

Up by two, the Golden Knights came out even stronger in the middle frame. Chandler Stephenson extended the lead to 4-1 with his 12th goal of the season. Vegas held Nashville to 6 total shots through two periods making it almost impossible for the Predators to get any closer. 

The same occurred in the final period. Nashville added more shots on net but none of them found the back of the net. Adin Hill and Vegas’ defense shut down every opportunity from the Predators. Late in the game, the Golden Knights scored on an empty net to take a commanding 5-1 lead. 

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 30-18-4 snapping their four-game losing streak. Next, Vegas will take a trip to Minnesota to play the Wild on Thursday. Puck drop is scheduled for 5 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights got the 1st period they dreamed of coming out of the break. Despite conceding first, the game was wide-open and they took advantage of their rush chances time and time again. That gave them a nice cushion which allowed them to stay compact through the neutral zone and block shots the rest of the way in their zone defense. The model game for how VGK wants them to do. Now, can they keep doing it against more structured teams? (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 4 (25-12-2, 52 PTS) – OT

Recap: In the final game of 2022, the Golden Knights took on a tired Nashville Predators team coming off a back-to-back. Vegas started off well with multiple chances but couldn’t convert. The Preds did not have that problem as they scored twice to take a 2-0 lead. Vegas notched one before the break on a Keegan Kolesar tip-in.

The Golden Knights came out firing in the 2nd scoring less than two minutes into the fame. A beautiful tic-tac-toe play from Stephenson to Stone to Amadio leveled the score. Then, Reilly Smith buried one from right in front to give the Golden Knights the lead. Brayden McNabb took a 5-minute major and got ejected from the game, but VGK killed off the penalty with the help of two Nashville penalties along the way.

Chandler Stephenson lengthened the lead in the 3rd as the Golden Knights seemed to be coasting towards a victory. But, then things turned and Filip Foseberg took his turn at taking over the game. He scored twice including his hat trick goal to tie the game with just a few seconds left in regulation.

A post and a delayed penalty told the story in overtime as the Golden Knights dodged Forsberg’s 4th goal and then got a Nic Hague bomb on the delayed penalty to seal the win.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 25-12-2 after beating the Predators 5-4 in overtime. Vegas will head to Colorado next to take on the defending champions. Puck drop against the Avalanche is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Ken)

Analysis: It was a game with a bunch of wild swings on the scoreboard but not as much so on the ice. VGK played the game they want to play for most of the afternoon despite going down 2-0 early. They stuck with it through a great 2nd period and then kept the foot on the pedal in the 3rd. Then… they seemed to run out of gas, which is scary considering they were the team with 2 days off playing one on a back-to-back. Thompson’s OT magic continues as he’s still never allowed a goal in the extra frame. (Analysis by Ken)

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 1 (35-28-4 74 PTS)

Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Nashville Predators looking to snap their two game losing streak. Vegas didn’t take long to generate offense. Mattias Janmark gave his team a 1-0 edge 1:31 into the game. Later in the period Nic Roy doubled Vegas’ lead with his 13th goal of the season. 

Evgenii Dadonov gave the Golden Knights a 3-0 advantage in his first game back in the lineup. Nashville got within two but Jack Eichel responded with his sixth of the season. All three 2nd period tallies were power play goals.

Leading 4-1 the Golden Knights defended well limiting the Predators chances on net. Vegas Chandler Stephenson took a one-time pass from Eichel on the power play to score the Golden Knights third man-advantage goal of the night. Late in the game Alex Pietrangelo tapped in VGK’s sixth goal of the game. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 35-28-4 dropping the Predators 6-1. Vegas will play a matinee on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Puck drop against Chicago is set for 12 PM (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Dominant. That’s really all that’s needed to be said about this one. (Recap by Ken)


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NASHVILLE PREDATORS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (22-13-1 45 PTS)

Recap: Nashville took control early on in the game spending extended amounts of time in the Vegas’ end. In his NHL debut, Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson kept the Predators off the board with some timely saves. Vegas couldn’t generate much of their own offense and the period ended in a scoreless tie.

The Predators continued to pressure the Golden Knights and it paid off immediately. Nashville broke the scoreless tie 2:41 into the 2nd period and added another four minutes later. Vegas was awarded a late power play but failed to convert. Nashville took a 2-0 advantage into the second intermission.

The Predators took a 3-0 lead six minutes into the final frame but later the Golden Knights answered back. After two failed power plays William Karlsson scored his 4th of the season to get Vegas on the board. Shea Theodore got Vegas closer but the Golden Knights couldn’t even the score.

The Golden Knights record drops to 22-13-1 falling to the Predators 3-2. Vegas will next face the New York Rangers on Thursday night, welcoming back former coach Gerard Gallant and forward Ryan Reaves. Puck drop is set for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights just didn’t have it tonight, at least while the game was anything but 6-on-5. Once VGK pulled the goalie they started scoring (where have you heard that before?) but aside from that they were thoroughly outplayed by the Predators. Logan Thompson was excellent in his first career start. (Recap by Ken)


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