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VGK Lead West Division In Playoff Experience, But Not By Much

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From the two elite teams at the top to the solid pair in the middle to the dumpster fire group on the bottom, the West has been anything but a gauntlet for the four teams that qualified for the postseason.

Vegas and Colorado ran away with it pacing not only the division but also the entire NHL. St. Louis and Minnesota each had their good and bad moments but neither were ever really in grave danger of missing out on the best time of the year.

But now, we’re here, and it’s all erased. From here, it no longer matters how many times you beat the Kings or Ducks, instead, it’s who can withstand a pair of seven-game series, emerge the true champion of the division, and represent the West in the NHL’s Final Four.

A lot is made at this time of year about experience. Whether we’re talking about Stanley Cup Champions or just NHL playoff experience in general, it’s always better to have it than not. For the Golden Knights, they have plenty of it.

We’ve been through that road the last three years. We’ve had good rounds and bad rounds and we know what to expect. We have a lot of playoff experience as a group. Obviously we’re not going to have an easy path if we want to go all the way but we have the gamers in that locker room that I’m confident we can go a long way here. -Jonathan Marchessault

In fact, the Golden Knights actually have more playoff experience, by games played, than any other team in the West Division. But not by much.

Playoff Experience
Vegas – 1,086 games
St. Louis – 1,035 games
Minnesota – 783 games
Colorado – 778 games

The Golden Knights are led by Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been on a team that’s qualified for the playoffs an insane 15 consecutive seasons. He, with Robin Lehner, have Vegas atop the goalie experience chart by a wide margin.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ST LOUIS BLUES 1 (39-13-2 80 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a great start against the Blues. Reilly Smith opened the scoring with his third goal in three consecutive games. Later in the period Chandler Stephenson shot a shorthanded laser to stretch the lead. After the opening twenty minutes Vegas held a 2-0 lead.

The scoring dried up for most of the second period until the Blues took advantage of a 4-on-4 situation. With :36 left in the middle frame St. Louis cut the lead in half.

The Golden Knights were awarded an early power play in the third period and Smith cashed in again. Vegas held a 3-1 advantage for most of the entire period until Smith scored an empty net goal registering his first career hat trick.

Vegas’ record improves to 39-13-2 after their 4-1 victory against St. Louis. The Golden Knights host the Avalanche in a big late season matchup on Monday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the first 2 periods, the Golden Knights completely outclassed the Blues in just about every phase of the game. St. Louis had a bit of pushback in the 3rd but Vegas held strong and snuffed out any thought of a comeback. Play like that, and St. Louis won’t win a game in a playoff series against the Golden Knights. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 ST LOUIS BLUES 3 (38-13-2 78 PTS) – OT

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Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the St. Louis Blues for back-to-back games at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas got on the scoreboard first when Reilly Smith notched his 11th goal of the season. Later in the period the Blues tied the game with a shorthanded goal. After the opening 20 minutes the game was locked 1-1.

St. Louis took charge in the 2nd period scoring two unanswered goals. Vegas got a massive momentum shift from Alec Martinez :09 seconds left in the period. Martinez got his team within one with his 9th goal of 2021.

Trailing 3-2 the Golden Knights picked up the pace in the final frame. Nic Roy tied the game battling in front of St. Louis’ net and rifling a shot past Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Golden Knights had to settle the game in overtime in consecutive games.

Vegas’ record improves to 38-13-2 after their 4-3 overtime victory against St. Louis. The Golden Knights and Blues finish off their back-to-back tomorrow night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Unlike the last few games, the Golden Knights were in comeback mode falling behind due to a couple tough goals on Lehner. They did well to fight through and tie it but the majority of the best chances down the stretch were STLs. As for OT, they might as well rename it Vegastime. (Analysis by Ken)


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ST. LOUIS BLUES 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (25-11-2 52 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a rocky start in St. Louis. The Blues scored :48 seconds into the game and added another seven minutes later. Marc-Andre Fleury settled in and held the two-goal deficit into the 1st intermission.

Neither team could generate offense in the middle period. Vegas outshot St. Louis 19-4 but couldn’t breakthrough and the score stood 2-0 after 40 minutes played.

The Blues and Golden Knights traded goals in the final 20 minutes. Vegas earned a late power play and pulled Fleury but couldn’t get any closer.

Vegas’ record drops to 25-11-2 with their 3-1 defeat in St. Louis. The Golden Knights travel back home to face the Arizona Coyotes for two games. Friday nights game against the Coyotes is scheduled for 7 PM PT.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Turnovers and lost coverages in the defense zone plagued the shorthanded Golden Knights all night. Playing a D-man short (again) due to the cap they were unable to consistently take care of the puck which led to a glut of dangerous chances for the Blues. Vegas did claw back a bit in regards to possession but didn’t solve Binnington until it was far too late. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 ST. LOUIS BLUES 0 (25-10-2 52 PTS)

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Recap: The Golden Knights got off to a fast start in St. Louis. Tomas Nosek continued his hot streak scoring the first goal of the game. Defenseman Alec Martinez gave Vegas a two goal lead later in the period with his 6th goal of the season. The Blues would get one back and the score stood 2-1 after the opening period. 

Vegas’ offense exploded in the 2nd period. Martinez tallied his second of the game regaining the two goal lead for the Golden Knights. William Carrier, Jonathan Marchessault and Nic Hague followed with goals of their own to give Vegas a commanding 6-1 lead after 40 minutes played. 

The game expectedly took on a slower pace in the 3rd period. The Golden Knights protected their five goal lead by possessing the puck and letting the clock run. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner was strong in net stopping 31 of 32 shots. 

Vegas’ record improves to 25-10- 2 with their 6-1 blowout win in St. Louis. The Golden Knights and Blues face off again on Wednesday night. The game in St. Louis is scheduled for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights came into the game in a bit of a scoring funk. By the 2nd period, that was over. The 1st period was fairly competitive, in the 2nd Vegas whipped the Blues all over the ice. St. Louis’s slide continues, Vegas’ is over. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST. LOUIS BLUES 1 (22-7-1 45 PTS)

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Recap: Jonathan Marchessault got Vegas going early with his 9th goal of the year. Marchessault took a quick snap shot off the draw and gave his team a 1-0 lead. St. Louis built some offensive pressure but goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all six shots on net. 

St. Louis tied the game 6:52 into the 2nd period on a weird angled shot passed a screened Lehner. Both teams battled for possession but neither could controlled it long enough to take the lead. After 40 minutes the game was locked at one apiece. 

Mark Stone broke the tie with his 11th of the season early in the final period. Keegan Kolesar stretched Vegas’ lead to 3-1 scoring his first NHL goal. William Karlsson and Stone both added power play goals to make it a four-score advantage. St. Louis made several pushes but Lehner was outstanding down the stretch. 

The Golden Knights improve their record to 22-7-1 with their 5-1 victory against the Blues. Vegas hits the road to take on the Colorado Avalanche for two consecutive games. Thursday night’s game is scheduled for 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For two periods it looked like another one of those games we came to hate during the playoffs last year where VGK has the majority of possession but can’t seem to put one home. Then, in the 3rd, the flood gates opened and the Golden Knights completely took over the game. The St. Louis demons appear to be a thing of the past, which is a good thing considering they remain the most likely 1st round matchup. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST LOUIS BLUES 1 (18-6-1 37 PTS)

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Recap: Shea Theodore scored four minutes into the game to give Vegas an early 1-0 lead in St. Louis. Marc-Andre Fleury looked sharp in net playing back-to-back games.

Neither team scored in the middle frame as both teams fought off several penalties. Fleury was flawless again and held the 1-0 Golden Knights after 40 minutes played. 

Vegas’ offense for going in the 3rd period, getting two goals from Mark Stone and one from Max Pacioretty. Alex Tuch scored a late empty netter to put the game away. St. Louis broke Fleury’s shutout in the 3rd period but the goaltender would lock down and secure the 5-1 victory. 

The Golden Knights improve their record to 18-6-1 winning back-to-back games against the Blues. Vegas returns home to play San Jose on Monday night. The game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: For the second night in a row the Golden Knights controlled the majority of play at 5-on-5 against a decent Blues team. The penalty killing stepped up in this one to ensure there was no late comeback as well. Vegas ends the road trip with four wins out of six, but the two losses still sting. (Analysis by Ken)


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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 ST LOUIS BLUES 4 (17-6-1 35 PTS) – OT

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Recap: The Golden Knights came out hungry in St. Louis against the Blues. The captain Mark Stone got his team started scoring his seventh goal of the season. Jonathan Marchessault made it 2-0 Vegas less than a minute later. Marc-Andre was sharp holding the Blues scoreless.

The Blues cut the lead in half early in the 2nd period, but the Golden Knights would respond. Tomas Nosek scored his second goal of the season to regain the two-goal lead for Vegas. The Blues added a second goal later in the period and the Golden Knights held a 3-2 edge after 40 minutes played.

St. Louis scored two 3rd period power play goals to take a 4-3 lead. Less than a minute later, Alec Martinez evened up the game for Vegas. Deadlocked at four, the game would need extra time to decide a winner. Reilly Smith won the game for Vegas scoring 5-4 in overtime.

The Golden Knights improve their record to 17-6-1 with their 5-4 overtime victory in St. Louis. The two teams will face off again tomorrow. The game is scheduled for 5 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas’ forecheck was excellent all night and it helped lead to four goals in regulation. But a few power play goals against allowed the Blues to stay in the game. The key for Vegas was the swap of Nosek and Glass which really helped get the 3rd line going. In the end, it’s another crazy one against the Blues, luckily this time in St. Louis, it finally went VGK’s way. (Analysis by Ken)


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GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES POSTPONED

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The NHL announced that tonight’s game between the Golden Knights and Blues has been postponed.

As a result of a player and another member of the Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols, the team’s game tonight against the St. Louis Blues will be postponed. The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups after recent tests warranted more caution while the League continues to analyze test results in the coming days.

The team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed until further notice. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Golden Knights’ regular season schedule and it is expected that a decision on next week’s games will be made in the next 24-48 hours. The Golden Knights organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies. -NHL Press Release

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