Golden Knights vs Wild

Golden Knights vs Wild


On Saturday night, the Las Vegas Golden Knights (28-21-8) returned home after being on the road for over a month.


The Knights dropped the proverbial ball against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. It was a game in which the Golden Knights saw themselves up by multiple goals on three separate occasions, but ultimately allowing Carolina to come back in the game and win in a shootout period.

Although the Knights lost their first home game in almost a month, the team will have 10 out of their next 12 at the T-Mobile Arena. Tonight, however, the Knights will again have to go on the road to play the struggling Minnesota Wild (26-23-6), a team that has had problems all season with inconstant play.


By all accounts, the Golden Knights should win this game.


On paper, the Golden Knights, especially over the last few games have played much better than they did before coach Peter DeBoer took command of the team. Under his lead, Las Vegas has gone 5-3 and played the NHL’s best down to the final seconds, showing their potential as one of the top teams in the league. The recent loss has put the Golden Knights in a tie for second in their division, and with the postseason fast approaching, dropping valuable victories–especially at home, can’t be tolerated.

The Golden Knights have struggled to close games. All three losses under coach DeBoer have come either in an overtime period or in the final moments of the third period. Those losses have also come when the Golden Knights have had a longstanding lead in the game, to add insult to injury. Even though the Knights have outshot just about every team they have played since Peter DeBoer was hired, the team has also allowed small technical lapses in their defense to keep those teams in games with timely and momentum-shifting goals.

This Minnesota Wild team has given up an average of 3.26 goals against them this season. With Mark- Andre Fluery and the myriad of talented Defensemen the Golden Knights have with them, the Wild will have to match the Golden Knights’ shots on goal in order to stay in the game. As for the Knights, they will have to continue their physical defensive play and aggressive offensive scheme; as they have done for the last eight games. This time the around the have to put the game away with steady goals, instead of putting up early scores and then slowing down and allowing teams to creep back into the game, as they did against Carolina.


The game will be in Minnesota Tonight at 5:00 PM PT


Both teams will be relatively healthy, with William Karlsson participating in practice, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A possible return of another talented defenseman would help the Golden Knights on their open ice defense that has disrupted and bullied opposing offensive players. The Wild will also have all available players healthy for the game Tuesday night.

Tonight’s game will have given the Knights a few days to recover and learn from their mistakes against Carolina, but let’s see how Coach DeBoer’s team rebounds against this struggling Minnesota Wild team. Will they explode with a stellar performance as they did against Florida two games ago, or will they allow the Wild to keep the game close and have another thrilling, heartbreaking end to yet another game?


 -JaRon Turner – Franchise Sports Media

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