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Recap: The Golden Knights were looking for their first back-to-back wins at home since January 4th. The game began with a heavy weight battle seconds after the puck was dropped. Ryan Reaves and Ross Johnston matched up and threw a bevy of punches. Both were sent to the penalty box for five minutes. Ten minutes later, Nick Holden and Anders Lee squared off earning five minute majors of their own. After 20 minutes the game was a scoreless tie.

The 2nd period was less physical, but again strong defensively for both teams. Reilly Smith opened up the scoring with :34 seconds left in the period. It gave Vegas a 1-0 lead with one period remaining.

Vegas continued to offensively attack New York in the 3rd period. The Golden Knights did a great job limiting the Islanders to 3 shots on net in the first 15 minutes of the 20 minutes. Marc-Andre Fleury secured the 1-0 shutout by saving all 19 shots by New York.

Vegas’ record improves to 30-22-8 and raise their point total to 68 points. The team will hit the ice next on Monday afternoon against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 3P. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: This one is all about the Golden Knights defensive effort. They stymied the Isles time and time again in the neutral and defensive zones and it allowed the offense to get to work and finally beat a great goaltending performance from Varlamov. It was the cleanest defensive game the Golden Knights have put in under DeBoer and Marc-Andre Fleury rewarded them by posting just the second home shutout of the season. (Analysis by Ken)

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Shea Theodore
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury



Recap: Malcolm Subban got his fourth straight start in net for Vegas, hoping to help his team sweep their three game road trip. Subban and the Golden Knights did a great job of keeping the Islanders off the board in the 1st period. Both teams went scoreless after the first period.

The Islanders opened up the scoring in the 2nd period on an odd-man rush resulting in a 1-0 NY lead. Vegas would fight back, picking up the pressure in the Islanders zone. Alex Tuch tied the game scoring his third goal of the road trip. The second period ended 1-1.

New York would break the tie early in the period and take the lead 2-1. The Islanders locked down defensively for most of the 3rd period but Vegas didn’t give up. With under five minutes remaining in the game, Jonathan Marchessault tied the game 2-2 adding his fourth goal in his last two games. The Golden Knights hard work forced an overtime period.

The Islanders offense forced a late overtime 4-on-3 power play. Seconds later NY would beat Subban and take the game 3-2.

Vegas’ record drops to 15-11-5 snapping their four-game win streak. However, they finish their road trip picking up solid 5 out 6 points. The team will travel back to Vegas for a quick two-game homestand. Vegas will host the NY Rangers on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 4PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights kind of fed into what the Islanders wanted to do playing them to a defensive struggle. New York was certainly the better team but Vegas did well enough in their own zone to limit dangerous chances and take advantage of a few the other way. Overtime remains a struggle where this time they not only struggled with possession, but also took a penalty.  (Analysis by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Ken’s Three VGK Stars
*** Alex Tuch
** Nate Schmidt
* Cody Glass

Carp: Knights Will Be Tested On Big Apple Road Trip

**Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Famer, Steve Carp’s returns to for the 2019-20 season. His weekly column publishes every Sunday during the Golden Knights season and is brought to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm.**

NEW YORK — When the NHL schedule came out last July and the Golden Knights were on the docket for three games in the New York metropolitan area, two things jumped out at me:

One, the Knights were going to have to go to Long Island for the first time when they played the Islanders on Dec. 5 after playing in Brooklyn the first two seasons.

Two, this was a trip I wanted to try and make.

Second things first. I’m here amid the cold, the rain and the snow for the entire week. And yes, the game at Nassau Coliseum Thursday became the toughest of the three, which you couldn’t say was the case back in July.

My initial thought was the Devils game Tuesday in Newark would be the toughest for Vegas. New Jersey had significantly upgraded its roster. It had the No. 1 overall draft pick in Jack Hughes. Hell, the Devs even snagged Nikita Gusev from the Knights and there was a lot of hand-wringing among the SinBinners that Gusev was going to emerge as a superstar in Jersey and replace Filip Forsberg as George McPhee’s biggest gaffe as a hockey executive.

The Rangers? They’re on a youth kick, though veteran center Mika Zibanejad has had some nice games against the Knights. Still, the Knights had won in Madison Square Garden before and they figured to put enough offensive pressure against the Blueshirts’ defense corps and get a couple pucks past Henrik Lundqvist (if he plays), or more likely Alexandar Georgiev. Plus a matchup between the pipes of The King vs. Marc-Andre Fleury, both of who are headed to the Hall of Fame, would be worth the flight to the Big Apple.

As for the Islanders, I thought they would regress after last year’s amazing turnaround, especially losing goalie Robin Lehner, who was nothing short of outstanding. Of the three games, I thought this would be the best chance for the Knights to pick up two points on the trip.

That was my thought process back in July. Obviously, things have unfolded quite a bit differently since to change my mind.

The Devils may be the NHL’s biggest disappointment. The Rangers are inconsistent and despite having a winning record, struggle to finish games.

The Islanders? They figure to be the toughest opponent on the Knights’ three-game roadie which begins Monday at Madison Square Garden with the Rangers and continues Tuesday in Newark against the Devils. And not just because they’re currently the best of the three teams the Knights will face, their building is a bitch to play in.

Mat Barzal, the Isles’ all-star center, said while the team has had success both in Brooklyn and at the Coliseum, he admits the vibe is a little different at the place Islander fans call “Fort Neverlose.”

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Golden Knights vs. New York Islanders Photo Gallery – December 20th, 2018

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In both the 1st and 2nd periods the Golden Knights controlled play for a majority but struggled down the stretch of the periods. The Islanders scored twice in the final two minutes of the 1st and should have tallied another at the end of the 2nd but the shot sailed high. In between those stretches though, Vegas played tremendous hockey with their first goal from Brandon Pirri. Then the Golden Knights appeared to tie it but an offside challenge took the goal away. A 4-on-4 goal by William Karlsson tied it up and moments later a perfect feed from Reilly Smith to Paul Stastny gave the Golden Knights the lead.

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Three Stars
*** Brandon Pirri
** Nate Schmidt
* Paul Stastny


A quick penalty led to a very early power play goal for Jonathan Marchessault. It didn’t take long for the Islanders to tie it up as the Golden Knights fell apart in their own end. Both teams helped the other with a turnover that led directly to a goal. Vegas’ was scored by William Karlsson, his fifth goal in the last eight games. Following a delay due to lighting issues, the 3rd period got underway and Tomas Nosek scored on a weird play in front of the Islanders goal to give the Golden Knights the lead. New York pushed, but the Golden Knights were able to hold on.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Islanders at Barclays Center.

  • The unfortunate story of the night… Barclays Center

Three Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Matt Barzal
* Tomas Nosek


Vegas controlled the run of play during much of the first two periods, but they just weren’t quite completely in sync. A funky bounce off Cody Eakin’s stick put the Golden Knights behind 1-0 at the end of two. New York struck again but Erik Haula scored another 3rd period goal to get the Golden Knights within one. The Golden Knights threw the kitchen sink at them with the goalie pulled, but the tying goal wouldn’t come.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Islanders at T-Mobile Arena.

  • More and more chatter about the Golden Knights deadline plans. (Including quotes from James Neal’s agent)

Three Stars
*** Mathew Barzal
** Erik Haula
* Jaroslav Halak


The goalie nightmare continues as Oscar Dansk exits the game in the 2nd period. Vegas led 2-1 at the time of the injury, Dansk remained in the game and allowed a goal on the very next shot. Maxime Lagace came in, and it wasn’t pretty.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at New York Islanders at Barclays Center.

Three Stars

*** Nikolay Kulemin
** Josh Bailey
* John Tavares

Injured Player Salary Dumps Turn Out Very Valuable To Vegas

Being the first expansion team in the history of the salary cap era paid off big time for George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights, and we haven’t even seen the second wave of transactions yet.

David Clarkson and Mikhail Grabovski are both injured and will likely not play a single game in 2017-18. Yet the Golden Knights acquired both and got a king’s ransom to do it.

Vegas gets:
Mikhail Grabovski
Jake Bischoff
2017 1st RD pick  (#15)
2019 2nd RD pick
New York Islanders:
Expansion Draft Consideration (VGK picked J.F. Berube)

Vegas gets:
F David Clarkson
2017 1st RD pick  (#24)
2019 2nd RD pick
Columbus get:
Expansion Draft Considerations (VGK picked William Karlsson)

Two 2017 first round picks and two 2019 second round picks, to take some salary cap off the hands of the Isles and BJs (yeah, we’re going to keep doing that).

So what does it mean for Vegas? 

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Mock Expansion Draft – Protected Players – New York Islanders

The first step to our mock draft is to establish the list of players that will be available for the Las Vegas franchise to draft. To do this, we decided to have a blogger from each team represent their own franchise and select the players that will be protected from the Mock Expansion Draft available player pool. To see the rules which were followed to protect players, hit this link.

Due to time constraints, our own Jason Pothier has taken on the task of completely the rosters for each of the remaining teams. Next up is the New York Islanders.

Protected Players

The entire list of unprotected players that will be available for Team Lane and Team Pothier to select from can be found here.

To see more team explanations just like this one, check out The Sin Bin Mock Expansion Draft Landing Page.

Special thanks again to Jason Pothier for picking up the slack. Show your appreciation by following @JRPothier on Twitter, and heck, throw us (@SinBinVegas) a follow too while you’re at it.

NOTE: We are using the rules from the 2000 Expansion Draft. Before we pick the teams, we will trim down the protected lists for each team to be more in-line with the discussed rules at the GM Meetings.

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