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Golden Knights Who Could Be Heading To The Olympics In 2022

As we inch closer to the NHL and NHLPA agreeing on a plan to finish out the 2019-20 season, word has leaked out that an amendment to the CBA will pave the way for NHL players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.

The league blocked players from playing in the 2018 games citing an unwillingness to put the NHL season on halt for upwards of two months. Russia’s KHL took 33 days off for an Olympic break in 2018, Sweden’s SHL took 14, and leagues in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic took nearly three weeks each.  The last three times NHL players have gone to the Olympics the league took a two-week break.

So, with the prospect of being without the Golden Knights for two weeks in the middle of the 2021-22 season, we’ll have to hope a few Golden Knights make Olympic rosters. Here’s a look at which ones have the best chance.

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Mark Stone – Canada

It’s hard to believe a roster with the option to select Mark Stone would be without him, but it is actually possible. He should be a lock as the best defensive winger in the NHL and nearly a point per game producer with size and an incredible stick, but the list of Canadian forwards is vast and depending on the type of team they are going for, there’s a legitimate argument to leave him off.

In the end, not selecting Stone would be a mistake Team Canada will probably not make.

William Karlsson – Sweden

Sweden is surprisingly a bit weak when it comes to the center position. By 2022, there’s going to be an argument to be made for Karlsson as the best Swedish center available. Nicklas Backstrom will be 34-years-old, so it’ll be between Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad. Karlsson will probably find himself down the lineup a bit due to his defensive prowess, but with the wingers Team Sweden boasts, every line is going to be potent.

Assuming health, Karlsson will be headed to Beijing.

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Luca Sbisa Hates Shootout

Welcome to the SinBin.vegas Golden Knights Line Charts page. The goal of this page is to show not only the Golden Knights lines for every single game but also to show the utilization rate of each player and each position in the lineup.

“Player Utilization” shows what position that player is used most often.

“Line Utilization” shows which players play in each position most often.

“Game-by-Game Line Charts” are the lineup for each individual game.

Abbreviations: C1 = 1st line center, LW2 = 2nd line wing, 3R = 3rd pair right defenseman, HS = Healthy Scratch, INJ = Injured, SUSP = Suspended

Player Utilization Charts

 

Line Utilization Charts

 

Game-by-Game Line Charts

Game 4 at Washington

Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith
Pacioretty-Haula-Nosek
Lindberg-Eakin-Carpenter
Carrier-Bellemare-Reaves

Theodore-Engelland
McNabb-Miller
Merrill-Holden

Scratches: Bischoff, Hunt

Game 3 at Buffalo

Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith
Pacioretty-Stastny-Haula
Nosek-Lindberg-Carpenter
Carrier-Bellemare-Reaves

Theodore-Engelland
McNabb-Miller
Merrill-Holden

Scratches: Bischoff, Hunt

Game 2 at Minnesota

Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith
Pacioretty-Stastny-Haula
Nosek-Lindberg-Carpenter
Carrier-Bellemare-Reaves

Theodore-Engelland
McNabb-Miller
Merrill-Holden

Scratches: Bischoff, Hunt

Game 1 vs. Philadelphia

Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith
Pacioretty-Stastny-Haula
Nosek-Lindberg-Carpenter
Carrier-Bellemare-Reaves

Theodore-Engelland
McNabb-Miller
Merrill-Holden

Scratches: Bischoff, Hunt

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In this picture, Lehkonen is the metaphor for the shootout. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

In 2010, Luca Sbisa competed in the Winter Olympic Games for Team Switzerland. Sbisa and his Swiss mates finished in 8th place at the Vancouver games. Switzerland played three games that went to overtime, winning two and losing one. Two of the three were decided by shootouts.

After Wednesday night’s Golden Knights victory over the Flames, some of the guys in the winning locker room turned on the epic Women’s hockey gold medal game.

I was getting changed, and OT just ended so I knew they were going to a shootout. I left. I didn’t want too see it. -Luca Sbisa

I had to ask Sbisa if he was kidding. He wasn’t.

It’s not fair, you battle so hard. Obviously, when you’re on the winning side it’s great but the other team is upset because they fought so hard. -Sbisa

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Olympics May Halt Play Of Las Vegas’ First Season

When Las Vegas skates its inaugural season, it may or may not be interrupted for two weeks. We know the 2018 Winter Olympics are scheduled, but we don’t know the NHL’s place in it. If players force their hand, the T-Mobile arena can cover its ice for a few weeks in February. If the league gets its way, players will be waking up at 3 AM just like us to watch amateurs from their countries play.

We’ve all been watching the World Cup of Hockey. Call it success, call it a bust, whatever, we can all agree it’s been some exciting hockey. While most NHL players are back with their teams, Canadian and European stars stayed back for World supremacy. However, the remaining World Cup players aren’t the only ones left back. Tyler Seguin, Aaron Ekblad, Matt Murray, and Marian Gaborik were all significantly injured during the World Cup.

Most players show up to win international tournaments. Aggression and physicality cause unfortunate injuries. If a player gets injured in late September, or even worse, late February, it puts a strain on their NHL club. However, getting injured in the World Cup is clearly the better of the two. The Kings lost Gaborik for eight plus weeks, which puts him back in the lineup by December. Not the worst case. If Gaborik got injured in late February it could be worse for the Kings playoff chase.

The 2018 Winter Games isn’t ideal for Las Vegas or the NHL. As the NHL has stated it’s not good for the league to shut down for two weeks. Plus player insurance policies are very expensive. And I know (Something) Knights fans will go nuts without hockey for two weeks midseason. The Knights could have a few Olympians, which should engage Las Vegas fans more to the 2018 Winter Games. However, local fans will be ticked if their favorite player gets hurt in Korea.

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