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“The Biggest Part Of Team Defense” Has Been Stepping Up Recently

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The Golden Knights have picked it up defensively over the last few games. After allowing four or more goals in seven of eight games, Vegas has been dinged for four or more goals in just one of the last eight games.

One of the key reasons for that is Logan Thompson.

I always look at it more as team defense but the biggest part of team defense is usually your goaltender. The other five guys have to do their job. I think when we are at our best it’s a combination of both. But, we certainly don’t win without him making stops. He’s the biggest part of team defense. -Bruce Cassidy

In his last four starts, Thompson has allowed just seven goals against while posting a .943 save percentage.

Starting to feel like myself again. Since the Winter Classic game, I’ve felt good in the crease and I’m just trying to keep that going. -Logan Thompson

Early in the season, Thompson and Adin Hill shared starts and it went quite well for both of them. Then, injuries struck, and the rhythm was thrown off.

Hill was injured for the first time on November 30th, which forced Thompson into the goal more often than originally expected. The results were there at the start as he won five of his first seven starts as the undisputed starter in Hill’s absence. On December 19th though, Thompson picked up an injury that kept him out for the next week. When he returned, it was a struggle for a few games. Now, he seems to have found his mojo again.

He’s been real good lately, very consistent. I’ve liked his game. The workload is a good opportunity for him and I think he wants to be leaned on more and he’s producing. -Bruce Cassidy

The timing couldn’t be better for the Golden Knights either. With the injuries stacking up, they need to keep the scores lower to win. Thus, Thompson has to be at his absolute best. Fortunately for the nearly 27-year-old, this isn’t the first time he’s been put in this situation.

I’m not going to put any more pressure (on myself). I’ve been in this spot before. It takes me back to my first year coming up, we had a lot of bodies out. It’s the same thing except I think everybody has a lot more experience now. -Thompson

It appears Adin Hill’s return could be coming soon and it would be much welcome with a pair of back-to-backs coming up on the road before the All Star break. However, as long as Thompson continues to play the way he has for the last week or so, the Golden Knights will be just fine with him shouldering the load.


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  1. Korczak being back has really helped too….has a big body…stay at home defenseman that can keep the front of the net relatively clear and giving Thompson unobstructed views….our ‘square’ box on the penalty kill does concern me as the opposition gets too close to prime scoring opportunities…but I will believe Cassidy may know slightly more than me lol!!!

    • Pistol Pete

      I like Korczak too. He’s always been tall and long and then put on around 10 lb. to go over 200. Fantastic skater with offensive instincts. With Theo back he’ll make a really solid backup. Not as experienced as Hutton who has been a reliable soldier but more upside.

  2. knights fan in minny

    amadio out tonight when the hell are these damm injuries going to stop

  3. JB

    Just got to see what we can gut out during these injuries. If LT stays hot, I think we can beat thr Rangers tonight.

    • knights fan in minny

      it will be a tough one

    • Pistol Pete

      Let’s see another multi-point game from Pav. I’ll settle for him setting up the others but he’s due to net one himself.

  4. Jake

    Get into the playoffs with Theodore, Hill, Wild Bill, Eichel on LTIR.

    Then Launch – The Playoff Machine!

    • Pistol Pete

      Last time only Stone was missing heading into the playoffs. He came back for game one vs. WPG. I do agree though. Healthy they are a threat in the postseason.

  5. Emmanuel

    The Sens are shopping young players including Batherson & Pinto. I think Pinto would be too tempted by the Vegas casinos……

    now Batherson costs about 5-6 Million a year. I can see sending one of the young D & maybe a G the other way for Batherson, though he plays RW, maybe switch Marchie to LW or flow like Vegas usually does and roll 3 scoring lines and an energynline?

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