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VGK Used 75 Different Forward Lines In Regular Season

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Hockey is easier when there’s continuity. Players who get to play with the same linemates tend to have more success than those that are bouncing all over the lineup. In many ways, this concept is the Golden Knights’ number one stated reason for not defeating the Dallas Stars in the playoffs this season.

This year the Golden Knights deployed 21 forwards and 13 defensemen in the 82 game regular season. They used 75 different line combinations and 26 unique defense pairs. The most commonly used line was Ivan Barbashev, Jack Eichel, and Jonathan Marchessault who played 43 games together while the most common D-pair was Brayden McNabb and Shea Theodore for 48 games, or every game Theodore played this year.

Michael Amadio played on 26 different lines in his 73 games this year while Nic Hague led all defensemen playing with nine different defense partners.

Lines Played OnNew Line (1 in X Games)Most Common
Amadio262.8Cotter-Karlsson-Amadio (16)
Stephenson243.1Cotter-Stephenson-Stone (24)
Howden213.4Howden-Roy-Kolesar (10)
Cotter203.8Cotter-Karlsson-Amadio (16)
Karlsson175.4Cotter-Karlsson-Amadio (16)
Kolesar136.1Carrier-Roy-Kolesar (20)
Roy116.4Carrier-Roy-Kolesar (20)
Stone105.6Barbashev-Eichel-Stone (16)
Dorofeyev104.7Dorofeyev-Karlsson-Amadio (13)
Marchessault99.1Barbashev-Eichel-Marchessault (43)
Carrier94.3Carrier-Roy-Kolesar (20)
Brisson91.7Brisson-Karlsson-Marchessault (4)
Mantha72.6Dorofeyev-Karlsson-Mantha (8)
Barbashev613.7Barbashev-Eichel-Marchessault (43)
Denisenko51.05 Different Lines Onces
Eichel512.6Barbashev-Eichel-Marchessault (43)
Froese53.2Rondbjerg-Froese-Kolesar (7)
Hertl51.2Stephenson-Hertl-Dorofeyev (2)
Rempal51.8Morelli-Froese-Rempal (4)
Morelli42.3Morelli-Froese-Rempal (4)
Rondbjerg45.0Rondbjerg-Howden-Kolesar (8)

The 75 separate lines the Golden Knights used this season is not even close to the most they’ve ever deployed. In 2021-22 Pete DeBoer used 108 different lines including 25 players.

Chandler Stephenson’s 24 lines in 75 games is surprising considering his standing in VGK’s top-six. His linemates were constantly shifting into the postseason as well as he played on four different lines and swapped from wing to center with the same linemates in another game. Contrast that to the 16 lines he played on in 81 games last season and it’s not terribly surprising his production dipped.

Grigori Denisenko’s five different lines in five games made him the first Golden Knight since the inaugural season to play every game of the season on a unique line.

Pairs Played WithNew Pair (1 in X Games)Most Common
Hague98.1Hague-Whitecloud (38)
McNabb810.3McNabb-Theodore (48)
Martinez69.2Martinez-Pietrangelo (39)
Pietrangelo610.7Martinez-Pietrangelo (39)
Hutton66.8Hutton-Whitecloud (13)
Whitecloud415.3Hague-Whitecloud (38)
Korczak38.7McNabb-Korczak (18)
Pachal35.7Hutton-Pachal (12)
Hanifin29.5Hanifin-Hague (14)
Miromanov22.0McNabb-Miromanov (3)
Theodore148.0McNabb-Theodore (48)
Bjornfot11.0Bjornfot-Hague (1)
Cormier11.0McNabb-Cormier (1)
*Note: VGK used 7 defensemen in one game, this game is not counted amongst the stats

In addition to playing all 48 regular season games with the same partner, Theodore was also partnered with McNabb in each of the seven playoff games. In fact, Theodore has played with McNabb in every single game he’s been available since Bruce Cassidy became the Golden Knights’ head coach. The last time Theodore played with a different partner was March 26th, 2022.

Alec Martinez and Alex Pietrangelo played most of their games together, but nearly half the season one or the other was out injured. That led to each of them playing with five different partners or nearly a new partner once every 10 games. Like Stephenson, there’s a strong argument for both as to why statistically 2023-24 was not either of their best season.

**To see the entire history of the VGK’s lines, click here.**

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28 Comments

  1. DeezNutz

    If knights fan in minny was coach his top line would be Mitch Marner all by himself

    • knights fan in minny

      fuck off pillow biter faggot are you going take your 1 shot and vanish pussy boy

  2. Vic

    How does the 75 different line statistic compare against the other teams?

    • Emmanuel

      That was the first question that popped in my mind. Also its assumed “continious” lines are better, why not match customized lines at home?

  3. Emmanuel

    Morelli-Froese-Rempal

    OUCH!!!

    Must have been during the injury plague….

  4. Ken, my man – you have way to much time on your hands. Not sure any of the info makes one bit of difference in how the season turned out. One goal and Dallas would have been eliminated in first round and both Marchy and Eichel had the chance. A couple of stupid penalties by a veteran defenseman didn’t help – of course this is all history as not sure had they beat Dallas they could have beaten Edmonton. I know a number of posters on here believe Eichel to be an equal to McDavid but after what he has done in the last couple of games they might think differently by now. Let us know when they resign Marchy!!!!! It’s going to be real interesting when Edmonton wins tomorrow night. It would be nice to see Lord Stanley back in Canada where it all started since Vegas is not in the picture.

  5. JB

    There’s no question that McDavid has taken over the series . I’m not sure that means they will win the series. Game six is still an elimination game for them, not for Florida. A couple mistakes by Edmonton and it could be over?

    • TS

      But if this unbelievable Oilers comeback continues, could it be the best of all Cup comebacks? I have been stunned at the past 2 games…

  6. ThG

    Why Jeus, and every real Chistian, abhors abortion, aka killing babies.

    Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    Matthew 19:13-14 (NIV)

    At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

    Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV)

    • ThG

      but wait, there is more !!

      • Elizabeth was the childless wife of Zechariah
      In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. (Luke 1:5-7, NIV

      • An angel appeared to Zechariah while serving in the temple, saying their prayers would be answered and they would have a son
      Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:11-17)

      • Elizabeth conceived and was in seclusion for five months
      After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.(Luke 1:24, NIV)

      • Elizabeth was visited by her cousin Mary who was pregnant with Jesus
      At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-40, NIV)

      • Elizabeth and her unborn child recognized Jesus in Mary’s womb
      When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:41-45, NIV)

    • Alex

      Try a rabbits foot…same results

  7. Alex

    They also used minor league goalies and went one and done

  8. knights fan in minny

    Marner talk going to the islanders

  9. ThG

    why GOP is not party of sick and twisted, but party of common sense (or so they say, me , I am libertarian, party of less gooberment, less spending, less taxes))

    President Donald Trump, during a fervent speech in Racine, Wisconsin, announced his commitment to signing an executive order on his first day back in office. This order aims to strip federal funding from schools that promote Critical Race Theory (CRT) and what he terms “transgender insanity.” Trump’s declaration, delivered with characteristic intensity, signals a sharp departure from current educational policies and emphasizes his stance against leftist racial and gender theories.

    Trump’s speech, which comes just weeks before the Republican National Convention, resonated deeply with his supporters. He condemned the teaching (aka Education department indoctrination, like the NAZIs did nearly 100 years ago with their hate based , strong arm tactics) of CRT and LGBTQ+ policies, labeling them as inappropriate content for children. “On day one, I will sign a new executive order to cut federal funding of any school pushing Critical Race Theory, transgender insanity, and other inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content onto the lives of our children,” Trump asserted, drawing applause from the crowd.

    In addition to targeting CRT and transgender policies, Trump pledged to eliminate federal funding for schools enforcing vaccine or mask mandates. He also vowed to prevent men from participating in women’s sports, a statement that drew both applause and criticism for its controversial nature. Trump’s rhetoric reflects a broader agenda aimed at reversing many of the educational policies implemented during the Biden administration.

    This isn’t the first time Trump has vocalized his opposition to CRT and LGBT policies. During his 2024 presidential campaign launch, he promised to dismantle the Department of Education and advocate for universal school choice. His recent statements in Wisconsin reiterate these earlier promises and highlight his belief that these actions are necessary to “save our country from destruction.”

    Trump’s critique extended to Joe Biden’s revisions to Title IX, which expanded protections against discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Trump declared his intention to rescind these changes immediately upon taking office, framing the move as a corrective measure against executive overreach by the current administration.

    Trump’s proposed policies have sparked significant debate. Supporters argue that these measures are essential to protect traditional values and parental rights in education. Critics, however, view them as regressive and discriminatory, potentially undermining the progress made towards inclusivity and diversity in schools. (bha ha ha ha ha, inclusity and diversity card being played to indoctrinate our children, what hogwash)

    The former president’s confrontational approach is designed to provoke thought and challenge mainstream narratives, positioning him as a defender of alternative viewpoints. As the 2024 election approaches, Trump’s pledges set the stage for a contentious battle over the future of American education. (why didn’t he just gut the education department when he had the chance, it’s a worthless piece of shit, non productive department filled with left wing ideologues really not interested in children’s education, but their indoctrination)

    As Trump continues to rally his base, the implications of his promises remain a focal point of national discourse. Whether these proposed policies will come to fruition depends largely on the outcome of the upcoming election and the subsequent political dynamics.

    PS did FO sign no. 81 yet, or are they going a different route ? Where is the Marner trade monger who supposed has inside track , due to going to practices all the time ?/?? bha ha ha, when was the last practice ? Oh yeah way back over a month ago. Methinks their inside track is gone way of dodo bird, or Biden’s mush brain. BTW they are juicing up Biden every day, and hope he doesn’t wander off stage. If the juicing doesn’t set in, wait for it, you will know, they will do something to get out the debate. If he gets juiced, watch for simple softball questions for slo joe by media, and cut away of camera when Joe , don’t know Joe, stumbles. You heard it here FIRST . Inside track, why ? how so? Because of going to the practice rink every day ??? bah ha ha ha ha ha ha. NOT !!!
    :)
    :)
    :)

    • Tim

      Talk about to much time on there hands Mr. Filibuster himself. Praise the lord and pass the ammunition the Guardians and 20 games over 500 now that’s biblical.

  10. ThG

    RIP odd ball

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