Last night the Golden Knights completed their 29th game of the season. Due to a bit of a late game lapse they ended up being forced into overtime for the 10th time this season.
Only one team in the league, Toronto with 11, has played more OT games than the Golden Knights to this point. Montreal, Seattle, and the New York Islanders have also all played 10 while the league average is just 5.4 OT games each.
The question becomes, is this a good or bad sign for the outlook on the 2023-24 Vegas Golden Knights?
Vegas’ history shows them to be a fairly normal team when it comes to overtime games. In four of their first six full seasons they were within one game of the league average. However, last year was not one of those four. The season in which the Golden Knights went on to become Stanley Cup Chapions, they played 22 overtime games in the regular season which tied for the 4th most in the league.
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Under Bruce Cassidy the Golden Knights have been more prone to overtime games than prior to his arrival. Cassidy’s Boston teams followed a similar path with more than the league average in three of his final four seasons at the helm.
Vegas’ 22 OT games last year was the most by any Stanley Cup Champion since the Golden Knights entered the league.