Struggles on Full Display Recently

The Vegas Golden Knights have struggled in recent weeks, going 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. After starting the season as one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Golden Knights are now in a position to potentially miss the playoffs if they continue to struggle.

They’re currently in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 75 points, eight points ahead of the Seattle Kraken. 

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For Vegas, everything is going to start with what they can do in the back of the net. Adin Hill is serving as the team’s goalkeeper, allowing 2.53 goals per game, good for 11th best in the NHL. If he can continue to give them production in the goal, they should find themselves in a favourable position.

Despite the ability to keep the puck out of the net, the Golden Knights have allowed more than three goals in each of their last five games, including a seven-point game against the Buffalo Sabres and a six-point game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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With only three wins in their last 10 games, it’s easy to point at that as the reason why. 

Jack Eichel finally returned from injury and that should be a very promising sign for the future of the Golden Knights. He’s one of the top players in hockey and has shown that in his recent game, the third he’s played since his injury. Eichel had a three-point game and was a +4 in a one-goal win.

Latest Moves Should Improve the Team

Anthony Mantha was traded to the Golden Knights during the trade deadline, giving the Golden Knights a 34-point scorer and a big, strong player who has played in big moments before. 

He spoke about what it meant to be traded to Vegas, according to NHL.com.

“It’s going to be awesome,” he said.I mean once I landed – before that was stressful. Starting last night just packing and trying to figure out with the wife and baby what to do. Still don’t know but it’ll come. We’ll chat about it. I’m just excited to be here.”

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The excitement is clear from Mantha, and it always shows that the Golden Knights made this move because they believe they can win again this season. If the front office didn’t have the confidence that they can play the way they did last season and make another deep playoff push, they wouldn’t be moving assets to land these players.

Instead, Mantha ends up in Vegas, and the Golden Knights land one of the best players on the market.

Bruce Cassidy, Golden Knights head coach, spoke about adding the veteran. He had nothing but good things to say about the addition. Giving him another option to throw at teams will be valuable and make his job easier.

“Big winger, can score. Good hands, soft hands,” he said. “Good on the breakout and on the walls. His defensive metrics were solid this year in Washington. Power play numbers were average there, so I don’t know if he got in the way of somebody, but he’ll get an opportunity here.

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“We’ll talk to him, see what his best fit is, but I know he can–I remember when I was in Boston, Washington certainly could shoot from the elbow or the bumper position. Big guy, whether he’s a net-front guy or done that, I don’t know. I think they used him a little bit there this year. So it should help, especially with losing a guy like Mark Stone, a big body that plays those kind of minutes and does some of those things. Should fill the void there for us.”

While the Golden Knights’ struggles have been tough recently, the recent additions and Eichel’s return should put them back in the mix for the Western Conference – perhaps even a championship.

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