Last night Vegas took a season-high 53 shots on net last night, their 11th game with 40 or more shots. It sounds like a positive achievement but in reality, it’s bitten them in the rear on most occasions. After last night the Golden Knights are 4-6-1 this season when taking 40+ shots on goal in a game. It may seem like a minor detail, but it’s a trend that’s severely hurt them in the past especially when it counted the most.
I thought we put in the right amount of work to deserve two points tonight. This league shows you, you don’t always get what you deserve but I thought we worked hard enough to earn two points tonight.-Pete DeBoer, VGK coach
Vegas’ coach gave the proper response to a fortunate, uneventful win. DeBoer’s team stole two points from a non-conference opponent and it really doesn’t matter to him matter how it happened. Putting aside Shea Theodore’s game winning two-step beauty, the game was largely disappointing and looking beyond the victory, it was another dull performance from Vegas this month.
VGK In 2022: (2-4-2)
01/02 vs. WPG: 5-4 OT Loss
01/04 vs. NSH: 3-2 Loss
01/06 vs. NYR: 5-1 Win
01/08 vs. CHI: 2-1 Loss
01/11 vs. TOR: 4-3 SO Loss
01/17 vs. PIT: 5-3 Loss
01/20 vs. MTL: 4-3 OT Win
Since the New Year, the Golden Knights are 2-3-2 and have allowed 3.29 goals per game. Of course, there have been injuries and COVID interruptions, but realistically the organization could use a light roster as an excuse for almost every game this season.
It’s been a challenge. We don’t know from one day to the next what our lineup is going to look like. It’s the injuries for us on top of the COVID that has been really hard to manage. We’ve kept our fingers crossed hoping we can come out of this at some point. We just haven’t. –George McPhee on TSN 590
Throughout this seven-game snooze, the Golden Knights are averaging just under 39 shots per game and earned only six out of a possible 14 points. At home.
What’s more concerning about the 40+ trend is its ineffectiveness in the playoffs. Since the 2020 postseason bubble, the Golden Knights have taken 40 or more shots on 11 different occasions. They are sadly 2-9 in those playoff games. It might work for other teams but a heavy shot volume strategy isn’t working for the Golden Knights. Especially in the postseason.
I think we’ve been struggling in those games when we have a lot of shots on goal and we don’t find a way to win games. -Jonathan Marchessault
It’s silly to say, but this might be the right time for a road trip. Of course, a four-game trek through the Southeast won’t be pleasant but it may force Vegas to play more aggressively and with some urgency. It’s possible Pacioretty returns to the lineup which would be a welcomed addition on a treacherous road trip. We’ve seen this team outperform on East Coast trips in the past and it’s possible they can steal a few victories from some quality opponents.
And for the sake of this silly trend that I obsess over, I’m expecting Vegas to average 46 shots a night and sweep through the Sunshine State.