Las Vegas–The Vegas Golden Knights are currently 2-0-0 on the season but their victories have come with a bit late game heroics due to an anemic power play that has been ice cold.
We at Vegas Knights of The Roundtable took a look why the Golden Knights over the course of the last two contest have been coming up empty on the man advantage.
In their 1st matchup against the Dallas Stars, they went a miserable 0-7 in the 2-1 victory. The Golden Knights top 3 players in the shot clock category, while they were on the man advantage, were forwards Brandon Leipsic, Tomas Nosek, David Perron who recorded 2 shots.
The problem here is that their big guns like James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault, and Cody Eakin combined between the three of them only recorded 1 shot.
In any game when you are on the power play, your not going to win many matchups with your big guns not putting the puck on the net.
Rolling into their contest against the “Desert Dog” Arizona Coyotes they weren’t able to convert on their 4 chances on the power play which brought their two-game total to 0-11.
For the Golden Knights, the same problem happened as their only active shooter in this contest was Perron who produced 4 shots.
Erik Haula, Eakin, Leipsic, William Karlsson, and Marchessault combined, put on net while on the man advantage a total of 5 shots.
Neal did not record a single shot on the power play of Vegas against their matchup with Arizona.
Before his arrival to the Golden Knights, Neal recorded 66 power play goals from his playing time with Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Nashville, going forward Vegas will need him to score while on the man advantage.
The same could be applied with Perron who brought to the Golden Knights 37 power play goals with time spent with Pittsburgh, Edmonton, and St. Louis.
With Vegas, they might need to bring back up to the big club is center Vadim Shipachyov who sent down the Chicago Wolves on a loan. Now Shipachyov did not have a great preseason with the Golden Knights in 4 games played only produced 1 assist.
When Shipachyov was playing in the KHL he recorded 43 power play goals over the course of 9 seasons with SKA St. Petersburg and Severstal Cherepovets.
If Vegas wants to be successful on the man advantage they will need to put in Shipachyov as their top center and have Perron and Neal flank his wings. As those three combined have 146 power play goals to their credit.
For Shipachyov when he brings his A-game is a lethal playmaker which Vegas desperately needs from him if they want to do some damage on the power play.
The thing that Head Coach Gerard Gallant will need to factor in going forward is putting the right personnel that he deploys out on the ice during the man advantage. If he does that he will have some degree of success.