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As we watched over the weekend, the Golden Knights easily dominated the basement-dwelling Anaheim Ducks in two straight games. It’s clear Vegas is the much, much better team. This season the Golden Knights are 6-1-0 against the Ducks and have dictated the season series except for an earlier 1-0 defeat.

They’ve done the same against pretty much every other inferior team in the division as well. It’s been that type of campaign for the Golden Knights. They mop up on inferior opponents, winning games by an average of 1.5 goals per game.

VGK vs. ANA, ARI, LA, SJ, STL (Combined record: 87-104-28)
119 Goals Scored
69 Goals Allowed
3.71 Goals For Per 60
2.15 Goals Allowed Per 60
48 Goal Differential
53 out of 64 Points (26-5-1, .828)

It’s no secret the Golden Knights have had an easy path to a postseason berth. Same goes for the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. All three have built strong records by defeating the teams they should. So, it’s unfair to solely mock the Golden Knights for their weak schedule.

Points Percentage vs West Division Teams
Colorado .744 PTS%
Vegas .727 PTS%
Minnesota .663 PTS%

Realistically, that’s what contending teams need to do. Vegas, Colorado, and Minnesota were all handed a light schedule before the season began and have done their job gathering as many points as possible. It shouldn’t matter what level of competition they face. There’s no secret formula for beating and taking advantage of lesser opponents. However, that’ll end in early May when the regular season concludes and they have to exclusively play each other.

VGK vs. Colorado (Record: 30-9-4)
12 Goals Scored
13 Goals Allowed
3 Power Play Goals Scored
1 Power Play Goals Allowed
2.00 Goals For Per 60
2.17 Goals Allowed Per 60
-1 Goal Differential
6 Points out of 12 Points (3-3-0, .500)

VGK vs Minnesota (Record: 27-13-3)
16 Goals Scored
15 Goals Allowed
2 Power Play Goals Scored
3 Power Play Goals Allowed
2.67 Goals Scored Per 60
2.67 Goals Allowed Per 60
+1 Goal Differential
5 out of 12 Points (2-3-1, .417)

One element that should concern the Golden Knights is their lack of production on the power play inside their division.

Currently, the Golden Knights are ranked fifth in the division with a 17.4% power play percentage. Many times, less talented teams have solved the Golden Knights man-advantage strategy. Yesterday’s power-play goal from Mark Stone was the team’s first against the Ducks. It took seven games and 15 opportunities before they were able to net a man-advantage goal against a below-average Anaheim club. Come playoff time, the Golden Knights cannot rely on 15 or more opportunities in one series. If postseason games come down to special teams, Vegas will need to improve from their regular season output. Against Colorado and Minnesota, the Golden Knights power play is hitting at 14.7%, against the rest of the West, it’s 18.3%.

Goals for at 5-on-5
vs. COL/MIN – 17 in 12 games (1.41 per game)
vs ARI/ANA/LAK/SJS/STL – 89 in 32 (2.78 per game)

Goals against at 5-on-5
vs. COL/MIN – 22 in 12 games (1.83 per game)
vs ARI/ANA/LAK/SJS/STL – 55 in 32 (1.72 per game)

Colorado and Vegas have two important games coming up which could decide what team wins the division banner. However, Minnesota isn’t going down without a fight. At even-strength the numbers are close, so if Vegas can win the special teams battle in the playoffs there’s a good chance they’ll advance in a seven-game series.

It may have come against a struggling opponent on a weak schedule but yesterday’s win in Anaheim was the blueprint for Vegas’ future success. It won’t matter who they play if the Golden Knights can count on goals from a top line forward, defenseman, bottom six forward and their power play unit. Forget the lowly West Division banner, hand them the Cup.

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59 Comments

  1. DOC (Convict Chauvin)

    Do I get pissed, when watching games, that we can’t score more on the PP? Of course! (My wife calls it: NONPP time) But to now use just that, as the rallying cry by the usual naysayers, that we can’t win the cup because of this! Come on!

    We: We are at the top or leading the league in 5 on 5 scoring.

    We are at the top of the league in goals against AND save %.

    We are near the top in PK.

    The PP can only improve and as mentioned can be an up & down success. The playoffs may bring out a better PP. Who knows?

    We CAN win the cup and as most real fans realize: We have a VERY good team, period!!!

    • knights fan in minny

      george was a thug he stuck a gun in a pregnant ladies belly real classy guy his family got 27 million be happy al sharpton is here trying to get his grubby little hands on some of that dough

    • Pistol Pete

      PP definitely should and I think can improve. Even with the less than stellar PP % note that across the six games vs. COL there is a +2 PP goals vs. PP goals allowed. Against MIN it’s a paltry -1. Clearly more PP goals make a huge difference especially in the postseason. It’s counterintuitive that a high scoring team that has an underperforming PP can’t ramp it up. That is why I am looking towards the PP peaking in the postseason. These teams are too smart to draw penaties against themselves in the belief their opponent won’t be unable to convert. That would be really stupid imo.

  2. THE hockey GOD (obey the law ganster scumbags)

    nice article Jason

  3. THE hockey GOD -obey the law gangster scrumbags-

    nice article JAson

  4. THE hockey GOD - do you remember when democrats were normal ?

    nice article JP

  5. Daryl

    Set Chauvin FREE!!!!

    Some people need to take off their homer goggles. Yes VGK is a very good team but let’s be honest they aren’t a Cup winning team. Great goaltending by both goalies give VGK chances to advance but overall they aren’t as good as other teams. We will all see once playoff time arrives

    • sb

      Weak PP will take its toll as it did in the prior two Playoffs. Washington PP and Top 2 lines are very, very dangerous. Mantha’s gonna push the Caps into Cup Number 2.

      • Daryl

        If VGK can’t figure out the PP I don’t think they have any chance at all

    • DC

      I tend to agree. All this optimism feels a lot like the 2019-2020 season when people thought we had a great team that was going to the finals, that is until we got beat by Dallas, a team that didn’t even win the cup.

  6. DOC (Convict Chauvin)

    Some people need to come back to reality and realize that no one respects what they write anymore.

    Especially by adding that a murderer should be set free.

    But, not surprising at all given the source!

    • Pistol Pete

      Agree DOC. A retraction and apology notwitstanding, my most recent response to him will be my last.

    • He (Chauvin) should neither go free… nor is he a murderer. Both can be true at the same time. He should be rightly convicted of manslaughter and absolutely deserves to spend a really long time in jail – where, I don’t think he’ll last too long unless he is kept in solitary. In any event, I believe the knights will sort out the power play. Our real problem seems to be that we have games or stretches of games where the offense dries up (particularly against Minnesota for whatever odd reason)…. We need to find the consistency on offense – and I am quite pleased with what I have seen from our reshuffled third and fourth lines of late.

      • DOC (Convict Chauvin)

        Won’t disagree with you on Chauvin.

        Murder, manslaughter, only he knows.

        But I expect guilty on the manslaughter.

        Maybe a slight chance on the 3rd degree.

        And yes, he better chose 24/7 lockup. Wouldn’t last very long in general population!

        • THE hockey GOD

          what part of obey the law is not clear to you ????

        • knights fan in minny

          if chauvy is not charged to the fullest mpls will burn to the ground people i bet a lot of people here want him to take himself out aunt jemima watters should keep her mouth shut and stay in california

          • Daryl

            Even if he is found guilty if 1st degree murder, thugs and BLM will hit the streets and burn towns down all acoss the US

          • THE hockey GOD

            “aunt jemima watters ” most people call her James Brown, due to that wig that she wears. Having been to her district several times, the locals deserve more than her. She doesn’t even LIVE in the district she supposedly represents.

      • Daryl

        Agreed with all

    • Howard

      I hate doing this on this board but… Chauvin had a duty to render aid to someone incapacitated. Legally, it’s moot whether or not Floyd would have died on his own accord. When a person isn’t responding and goes limp, and when another officer on the scene basically points that out again, Chauvin had a duty to begin life-saving measures – he didn’t. I also think this goes to ‘depraved mind’ so from what I know of this case, I would vote to convict on murder 3. Note; I’m a pretty damned strong conservative — this isn’t about politics for me, but legality.

      Also, I don’t think Chauvin has been given a fair trial. The Jury I believe has been wrongly influenced by several factors. Defendants have rights as well. I would suspect Maxine Water’s statements may result in an appeal being granted in this case if Chauvin is found guilty.

      • THE hockey GOD

        he did his duty, cop called 9 11 and they went to wrong address, that is not the cops’ fault.

        why do you people hate the rule of law ?

        this could all have been avoided if the thug(s) OBEY THE LAW in the first place.

        get real folks, don’t be stupid.

        • Howard

          That’s factually incorrect. So, you saying my right-winged NYPD Sergeant is wrong – part of his training and he definitely thinks Chauvin is guilty.

          Part of Minn. training to is render CPR when a suspect or anyone is under clear duress, this is part of their job, not to simply call an ambulance and leave your foot on a guy’s neck for 3 minutes when he’s as limp as a wet noodle in obvious need of immediate medical attention – this has happened to plenty of WHITE SUSPECTS as well, and it’s unacceptable.

          I understand bias is hard to let go, but the legal bar has been met and the prosecution has clearly proven Murder 3. Again, I support the cops but not blindly – my own GOP voting NYPD buddy might know a tad more about this stuff then you or I in this matter. However, you are entitled to your opinion, as partisan as it might be.

          • Daryl

            I think he is guilty of manslaughter but not murder. You bring up CPR and first aid but people seem to forget he says breathing in his own when he was put in the back of an ambulance. His heart was beating. It stopped while enroute to the hospital

          • THE hockey GODb

            “leave your foot on a guy’s neck for 3 minutes ” the video that the defense showed indicated he was pressing on his back not his neck. And Floyd even admitted to “eating too many pills” rendering the type of CPR to administer questionable. And CPR is not a cure all or fix all for someone ODing and admitting to “eating too many pills”. Need more than CPR to render a reasonable solution to that problem. And I am trained in CPR so I know what works and what doesn’t work. The ER unit has many more tools in their bag to help with someone who has eaten too many pills. The cop can only do so much.

            Too many facts here to demonstrate unclear case for murder, cop was doing his best considering the hostile crowd in area, the ER unit going to wrong address delayed. Why isn’t the ER unit also under indictment for their error ?

            You need all 12 jurors to convict, right ? Only one person in there with reasonable doubt will free the cop. IF they have the courage to do so.

            And what I stated is FACTUALLY correct, everything I posted was revealed during the trial. I watched it. And you didn’t, and neither did your NYPD cop friend. I recommend that you watch it, and listen to defense rebuttal. It is very difficult to convict a cop in line of duty.

        • Howard

          And, it’s moot whether a person obeys the law or not. Floyd and countless other thugs aren’t on trial here, Chauvin is and honestly, the world is probably a better place without Floyd. Everyone is subject to the rule of law including the cops, whom also have a legal responsibility to follow that said rule, PERIOD.

          Saying you support “the rule of law” is not the same as KNOWING said law and upholding it. The law SHOULD APPLY EQUALLY for everyone, not just those we ‘pick and choose.’

          Cops need more funding, better training, better pay, and better screening of applicants. Progressives don’t have the right answer – their ‘solution’ will make things markably worse, and already have.

          • THE hockey GOD

            “leave your foot on a guy’s neck for 3 minutes ” the video that the defense showed indicated he was pressing on his back not his neck. And Floyd even admitted to “eating too many pills” rendering the type of CPR to administer questionable. And CPR is not a cure all or fix all for someone ODing and admitting to “eating too many pills”. Need more than CPR to render a reasonable solution to that problem. And I am trained in CPR so I know what works and what doesn’t work. The ER unit has many more tools in their bag to help with someone who has eaten too many pills. The cop can only do so much.

            Too many facts here to demonstrate unclear case for murder, cop was doing his best considering the hostile crowd in area, the ER unit going to wrong address delayed. Why isn’t the ER unit also under indictment for their error ?

            You need all 12 jurors to convict, right ? Only one person in there with reasonable doubt will free the cop. IF they have the courage to do so.

            And what I stated is FACTUALLY correct, everything I posted was revealed during the trial. I watched it. And you didn’t, and neither did your NYPD cop friend. I recommend that you watch it, and listen to defense rebuttal. It is very difficult to convict a cop in line of duty.

        • Daryl

          Every juror knows exactly what will happen if they don’t agree on murder charges… This will be furthest thing from a fair trial

          • THE hockey GOD

            and maxine idiot waters just sent the trial over the top, a mistrial will be declared

            if you can’t get a fair trial, then the cop goes free.

      • Pistol Pete

        He murdered the guy and enjoyed every second of it, the lousy redneck.

        • knights fan in minny

          how about when george the thug stuck a gun in the pregnant ladies belly was he a lousy thug

        • Daryl

          That officer is a POS but the 3 times the lethal dose of Fentanyl is what actually killed him. The officer will get what he deserves.

          It also had NOTHING to do with race as his own wife is a minority and so she the 3 other officers involved… But we’ll just ignore that right?

        • Daryl

          Calling someone a redneck is kind of racist

    • Daryl

      Coming from an old man like yourself who thinks he knows everything??? We live in the worldwhere at ignore facts and i hot our opinions matter….. And your fire right in in that world

  7. “These teams are too smart to draw penaties against themselves in the belief their opponent won’t be unable to convert.”

    Excuse me, I meant “won’t be ABLE to convert”. Another semi-senior moment. Lol.

  8. knights fan in minny

    if chauvy is not charged to the fullest mpls will burn to the ground people i bet a lot of people here want him to take himself out aunt jemima watters should keep her mouth shut and stay in california

  9. knights fan in minny

    the new t shirt stop resisting

    • Pistol Pete

      I actually agree the best course for anybody irregardless of race is to not resist when confronted by a law enforcement officer, however blacks in particular grow up with racial profiling and unfair treatment by law enforcement so there tends to be a defensive reaction mechanism in play. Did you happen to see the movie Queen & Slim? Highly recommended. Chauvin is a black-hating, Jew-hating, Asian-hating, Muslim-hating, anything non-Caucasian-hating piece of white trash. Rednecks by definition like whites and disrespect all others. I grew up in VT in a family that disdained prejudice. My older sister had a black boyfriend in the ‘60’s. I used to think bigotry against blacks was primarily a Deep South phenomena. How wrong I was.

      • Howard

        How do you know Chauvin hates what you claim he does? In other words, what is your evidence of Chauvin being a Jew and Black hating racist? Is this your opinion? What are you basing that on?

      • Pistol Pete

        Yeah my sister’s boyfriend Jesse. Very black, heavy Negroid features and smart as hell.

        • Howard

          Lol, “Negroid?” What exactly is that?

          • Pistol Pete

            Actually it may be considered outdated, even inappropriate. My bad. I was born in 1953 and remember well when African Americans were referred to as Negroes which was not derogatory at the time.

            “Negro superseded colored as the most polite word for African Americans at a time when black was considered more offensive.”

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negro

            I was using the term to describe an attribute in this case facial features. Always remembering reading Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” that he described blacks in the south as if anything better looking than whites. Kerouac disdained prejudiuce and this was one way he had of swatting at white supremacy. Always thought it curious and actually think he had a point.

      • Howard

        Funny you say you hate prejudice – u like to engage in things u hate? In this trial, not one piece of evidence or even a suggestion of racism has come into play. Don’t you think the prosecutor would bring up such damning evidence in court?

        Sound to me you are prejudging Mr. Chauvin. U or I have zero idea about whether or not Chauvin is a racist.

        There was an incident in Texas where a WHITE suspect was detained and died, and those cops laughed at it. Were they racists against a good ole whiteboy in that case?

        Hate works from all angles, judging someone as a racist without evidence to back that up is hateful and grossly unfair.

      • Daryl

        Is that why his wife is a minority?

        And while I agree there is, or should I say WAS, a lot of profiling I do not believe that is the case in today’s world. I do believe we have a problem in the judicial system but not worth police. In fact I think because everything going on now and worth social media, blacks day off easier than every before. Problem is, the media and BLM groups only use certain stats to try And push their own agenda and they don’t present the actual facts

  10. DOC (Go Knights Go)

    So, some of you are saying Floyd got what he deserved, as shown in that video?

    I’m not going to call anyone racist. I think ones own comments say that by themselves.

    I’m just sick to my stomach on what is going on in our country. You guys keep saying “thugs”. Everyone knows now, what that word is really saying.

    • Daryl

      That’s BS… I call white people thugs all the time. Every white person that is out looting, burning and destroying is a thug also

  11. Frank

    Again. We have a couple of things here that both sides are right on. Was George Floyd a drug addict with a criminal past and was he resisting arrest? Yes. Was Chauvin doing his job and right to restrain Floyd? Yes. Problem is here 1. The video… Makes Chauvin look downright evil… 2. Floyd was obviously under the influence and did have trouble breathing earlier on in the back of the squad car… 3. The force was excessive….. After Floyd passed out no need to restrain, as a matter of fact the duty at that time should be to care for the person (CPR). Evidence is more than ample for negligent homicide (manslaughter)… Maybe murder 3…. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  12. knights fan in minny

    i know i would not want to be a cop in these times

    • Daryl

      Wish I could get out

    • THE hockey GOD

      that is goal of extreme leftist “i would not want to be a cop” , why is that ? They don’t want cops to enforce the rule of law. They want gangsta’s and thugs to do whatever they want. They want to turn USA into south africa and third world shiite hole.

      Patriots will not allow this to happen. Florida governor is doing it the right way, banning these morons from getting a foot hold. Nobody with a brain wants “identity politics” and trashing of their communities. Only morons would want that.

      OBEY THE LAW and avoid the problem in first place. IT’s not the police it’s mentality that says it’s ok to NOT obey the law that must be changed.

  13. Did you guys forget sinbin is about hockey. To my knowledge neither the deceased or the cop played the game.

  14. thechosenone

    I’m sorry but is there no moderation here?? Why are stupid topics like this allowed on a thread that is about the style of play the VGK worked out?!?

  15. Daryl

    So far not the game I was hoping for

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