What to watch for as the Golden Knights take on the Canucks
  • Marc Staal (china, u) May 14
    The Vegas Golden
    Knights responded in fine fashion to a shutout loss earlier in the week with a
    seven-goal performance Wednesday night against the visiting Flames. Tonight tilt
    against the Vancouver Canucks wraps up a seven-game homestand during which Vegas
    has picked up eight out of a possible 12 points thus far with a 4-2-0 record Colin Miller
    .This will be the Knights’ second meeting with the Canucks after
    scoring three unanswered third period goals to take a 5-2 win in Vancouver Nov.
    16.The Canucks, who are 3-6-1 in the month of February, currently sit 19 points
    out of a wild card slot in the Western Conference and seventh in the Pacific
    Division with 53 points. Vancouver is fresh off a deflating 5-4 overtime loss to
    the Colorado Avalanche in which Anders Nilsson and the Canucks surrendered four
    unanswered goals after holding a 4-1 lead with under five minutes remaining in
    the second period.The bright spot in an otherwise disappointing campaign for
    Vancouver has been the play of rookie sensation Brock Boeser, who leads all
    rookies in goals with 27, one of which came in the Nov. 16 contest against the
    Knights.Nevertheless, Vancouver is in the midst of a disappointing season and
    could make some moves leading up to Monday trade deadline. But as far as tonight
    matchup is concerned, here what to watch forPacific prowessThe Knights will look
    to improve on an already impressive 15-2-1 record against teams within the
    Pacific Division. Putting aside Vegas’ 1-1-1 record against the Oilers, the
    Knights have gone 14-1-0 against division rivals this season, which is yet
    another remarkable feat this team has achieved so far in its inaugural campaign.
    But one thing the Knights cannot do is underestimate the Canucks.The Canucks
    have pulled off several upsets this season, two of which have occurred in the
    last two weeks as they handed the Stars a 6-0 loss in Dallas Feb Tomas Nosek
    . 11 and shocked the red-hot Bruins with a 6-1 defeat Feb.
    17.Power-play proficiencyThe Canucks are coming off a game in which they
    surrendered five power play goals, including four unanswered power play strikes
    that blew a 4-1 lead and resulted in a 5-4 overtime loss. At the end of the day,
    the Avalanche went 5-for-6 on the man advantage, and the Canucks’ 16 percent
    penalty “kill” cost them the game. This is something Vegas will look to take
    advantage of tonight https://www.knightsstoreonline.com/William_Karlsson_Jersey-40.
    The Knights went 1-for-2 on the power play against Calgary and are operating at
    an unsustainable clip of 34.5 percent in February. Vancouver, however, has had
    the 26th-ranked penalty kill throughout the season .Balanced scoringIn Wednesday
    game against Calgary, seven different Golden Knights lit the lamp, and 12 out of
    18 skaters registered at least a point. Interestingly enough, Vegas had five
    different goal-scorers in the November matchup against Vancouver. Plus, the
    Knights are one of just two teams in the NHL with five 20-goal scorers — William
    Karlsson, James Neal, Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith.That the
    kind of balanced scoring Vegas will need to rely on tonight against a Canucks
    team that has ability across its four lines.In addition, more recently, the
    bottom-six has stepped up as well. Ryan Carpenter has been on quite a stretch of
    late, finding twine in four out of his last five games and in six out of his
    last nine games. He has now tripled his previous career goal total in just 14
    games with the Knights this year. With Neal status for tonight up in the air, it
    will be especially key for Alex Tuch to continue to step up and produce more
    consistently, especially as he takes on a top-six role in the absence of

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