Las Vegas–Ahead of their matchup against the St. Louis Blues we caught up with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa and forward David Perron after practice at “City National Arena” for their thoughts on facing an elite Western Conference franchise.
Currently, the Golden Knights hold a 5-1-0 record and are in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 3rd overall in the Western Conference, while the Blues sit at the top of the conference with a 6-2-0 record with 12 points.
In his 1st season with the Golden Knights, Sbisa currently has 4 assists thru 6 games played and is plus 3.
When we spoke with defenseman Sbisa he talked about the challenges when preparing to face off against a highly talented hockey team in St. Louis.
“I mean we played against some good teams before, it’s going to be a challenge, they have so many different ways that can beat you, their pretty solid on the pp, pretty straightforward, they like to fire shots right away, and 5 on 5 they got good balance, throughout four lines, their fourth line can score just as much as the first line.” Sbisa said on the Blues.
Sbisa talked about playing against Blues forward’s Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz.
On the year, Tarasenko thru 8 games has 9 points (4 goals and 5 assists) and is plus 7.
Schwartz of the Blues is their leader in points with 12 and has 6 goals and 6 assists thru 8 games and is a plus 7.
“Just your awareness level goes up a bit more every time you step on the ice, kind of have to check your shoulders to see who your out against, kind of know their tendencies of what they do, same time I think the best way to beat them is just play tight and don’t give them any time and space because if you do that you’ll run into some problems.” Sbisa on playing against Tarasenko and Schwartz.
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Post Practice Reaction From Defenseman Luca Sbisa
Perron is the 2nd player on the Golden Knights roster that has an overtime goal to his credit this season, the other is James Neal who knotted his against the Arizona Coyotes.
He recorded his overtime marker this past Tuesday vs the Buffalo Sabres that featured a 5-4 final. Perron also scored 2 goals that night.
For Perron, he forecasted for us on what kind of game he expects with playing the Blues tomorrow night.
“Just a hard fought game, they’re going to wait for us to make mistakes, they play the system and play the game the right way and they don’t cheat for offense so if we’re going to do that we’re gonna allow chances because they are going to wait for us and gonna jump and their transition is pretty good they got a couple of defenseman over there that are elite players in the league and I think they have really competitive players throughout the lineup, their goalie is good, whole team is pretty good.” Perron on his former club.
In terms of playing the full 60 minutes of the game, Perron talked about that importance vs. an elite team like the St. Louis Blues.
“Yep, that’s the biggest key I think in my opinion, every night you wanna play 60 but even more so against good teams if you want to give yourself a chance at the end of the night for one point maybe, maybe two but if you don’t do that you don’t give yourself a chance.” Perron on playing 60 minutes.
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