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The Golden Knights Have Officially Become The Hunted

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On Wednesday night the Golden Knights players were forced to protect themselves from questionable hits and after whistle scrums. It was a scene Vegas fans saw play out a half-dozen times in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers. Sure, the Los Angeles’ Hayden Hodgson isn’t Matthew Tkachuk, but he hit like a Tkachuk on Wednesday.

The Kings ended up tying the game late in the 3rd period and went on to win in overtime. However, that wasn’t their only self-victory that evening. After a questionably late hit on Mark Stone, the Golden Knights appropriately erupted and jumped the career AHL’er. At first look, it’s a desperate player trying to crack an NHL roster and his open check on Stone naturally drew the attention of Kings coaches and others.

You need moments like that and plays like that too. We just looked at it. It was a very clean, good hit. Solid hit. And they didn’t like it and we scored right after and then it’s just one goal and I know they scored too, but I think scoring a goal in this building that kind of shows ‘okay, we can score too’. So definitely that helped and in the 3rd period we just wanted to slow things down and kind of stay calm and just focus on our game, that’s all. And that’s exactly what we did. –Marco Sturm, Ontario Reign head coach

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A New Era Begins This Week

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This week begins the unofficial start to the 2021-22 NHL season. Fresh Golden Knights prospects will hit the ice for Wednesday’s Rookie Camp and try to impress the men that drafted them and the coach that may lead them in the future. Sure, it won’t be the names you’ll see in Pete DeBoer’s regular season lineup but it’s hockey nevertheless and a reminder to fans that their favorite local team is only weeks from competing for another chance at the Stanley Cup.

Although it’s only Vegas’ fifth rookie training camp we can all agree that this is a new era for Golden Knights hockey. Who would’ve thought we’d be saying that but it’s true. Just one player off the roster changed the face and direction of the 31st franchise. Fans are still upset after the club traded Marc-Andre Fleury back in July and some (most) will never get over it. However, Vegas has a reasonable fanbase that will gladly trade in some painful news for an oversized, shiny silver chalice. That chase, in essence, starts on Wednesday.

VGK Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 15: Rookie Camp opens

Thursday, September 16: First day of rookie on-ice practice

Friday, Sept. 17: Rookie Faceoff- Vegas at Arizona, 7:30 PM

Sunday, Sept. 19: Vegas at San Jose, 2:00 PM

Monday, Sept. 20: Los Angeles at Vegas, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, September 22: Main Camp opens

Thursday, September 23: First day of on-ice practice

As you can see the schedule is fairly fluid starting Wednesday, leading up until Vegas’ first preseason game against San Jose. Beginning this week, loose diets, offseason bad habits, and summer mentalities will have to change in order to properly prepare for Game 1 of the preseason. After all, the regular season will come quick and the Golden Knights are eyeing another fast start in October.

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What To Expect From Preseason Rosters/Lines Based On VGK’s 2 Year History

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When the Golden Knights hit the ice tomorrow for their first preseason game of the 2019-20 season, there will be a few familiar faces to most Vegas fans, but there will also be a lot of new ones too.

The team currently has 29 forwards, 17 defensemen, and five goalies available in camp. Ryan Reaves has been ruled out with an injury for what we expect to be a majority of camp but should not roll into the regular season, and Shea Theodore was described as behind in his conditioning due to his offseason procedure which leaves him unavailable for the first week or two.

That means the coaching staff has 51 players to select from when making their 20 man roster to ice on Sunday afternoon. Historically (which means the last two years), the Golden Knights go very young in their first few games. Dylan Ferguson was the goalie for each of the preseason openers and multiple rookies played both at the forward and defense. Here’s a look at how they lined it up each of the first two seasons.

2018-19 Preseason Game 1

Nosek-Karlsson-Marchessault
Pacioretty-Glass-Hyka
Carr-Duke-Kolesar
Quinney-Tynan-Wong

Holden-Miller
Bischoff-Hague
Hunt-Brannstrom

Ferguson

2017-18 Preseason Game 1

Leipsic-Tynan-Tuch
Hyka-Glass-Kolesar
Suzuki-Thompson-Carrier
Matteau-Nosek-Wong

Theodore-Reinhart
Stoner-Hunt
Bischoff-Hague

Ferguson

By rule, the NHL requires each team to ice at least eight veterans in every NHL exhibition game. (We believe the Golden Knights were issued an exemption in their first preseason game in 2017-18 as there are only three veterans in that lineup.) That’s why you see names like Pacioretty, Marchessault, Karlsson, and Holden mixed among a mass of players who have yet to make their NHL debuts.

What is more interesting though is the experimentation that goes along with the preseason. Last season, the Golden Knights tried a rash of different bottom-six options. In fact, through all seven games, they never played a third line that matched the one they used on Opening Night.

In 2017-18, the Golden Knights did not roster a single line that played together in Dallas for the franchises first game.

Gerard Gallant did, however, use the entire preseason last year to cement his ideas for the top six. Marchessault and Karlsson played five preseason games together and were matched up with their linemate Reilly Smith in four of the five (Smith didn’t play the other game). Pacioretty and Stastny found themselves on the same line for four of the five games Max played and all four of Paul’s. They rotated between Tuch and Haula on their wing, with Haula eventually winning that spot as Tuch was injured in the final preseason game.

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KTNV (Channel 13) To Broadcast All Seven Preseason Games Live

When else do you get to see Dylan Ferguson between the pipes in a Golden Knights sweater? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Remember when the Golden Knights first laced em up this year for preseason games against the Coyotes, Avalanche, Kings, and Sharks?

Yeah, me neither, because those games were not broadcasted in the Las Vegas area. Only the final two preseason games were shown on TV in Vegas leaving five off the air.

In 2019, that won’t be the case thanks to KTNV, Channel 13, who will announce the news as soon as next week.

The Golden Knights are scheduled to play seven preseason games with four of them at T-Mobile Arena. The schedule is likely to be announced in the next month or so but those games should take place in the second, third, and fourth weeks of September with the regular season getting underway the first week of October.

AT&T Sportsnet will continue to air all regular season games that are not nationally broadcast, but KTNV will become the first local channel to air a Golden Knights game with their exclusive contract to show the preseason.

Further details of the broadcast, such as announcers, remain unknown, but this news is great news as no longer are Vegas fans going to be left searching the web for illegal streams of other teams’ Jumbotrons to watch their beloved Golden Knights in the preseason.

Golden Knights Announce Preseason Schedule

A trip to the Stanley Cup Final means a very short offseason for the Golden Knights. The NHL Entry Draft starts Friday with Development Camp shortly behind that. Then there’s a bit of a down period through July and August but we now have the dates for the next time the Golden Knights will be on the ice.

Vegas will play seven preseason games, four of which will take place at T-Mobile Arena. Here’s the schedule.

Hockey is back… in September! (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

9/16 – Arizona Coyotes
9/18 – at Colorado Avalanche
9/20 – at Los Angeles Kings
9/22 – at San Jose Sharks
9/24 – Colorado Avalanche
9/28 – Los Angeles Kings
9/30 – San Jose Sharks

Prior to the first preseason game, Rookie Training Camp will begin on September 7th with full Training Camp getting underway a week later on the 14th.

SAN JOSE SHARKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3

Upcoming stories from the final preseason game. October 1st, San Jose Sharks vs.Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Is this team ready for October 6th after three lackluster home preseason games?
  • David Perron emerging as the forward responsible for the most scoring chances.
  • Final cuts are due Tuesday, Projected 23 man roster.

COLORADO AVALANCHE 4 GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2

Stories from Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche.

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