Las Vegas–With the inaugural season for the Vegas Golden Knights getting older and older, Vegas Knights of The Roundtable’s takes a look at what has been a “Tale Between Two Teams” for the NHL’s youngest franchise.
Since the start of the season, the Golden Knights home record at T-Mobile Arena is 7-1-0. This performance was in light due to the October 1 “Route 91 Harvest Festival” so the team has had an added incentive in playing for the Vegas community as the Golden Knights were helping with the healing process.
The Golden Knights have relied on the goaltending performances of Marc-André Fleury and Malcolm Subban, including Oscar Dansk in relief. Their combined record backstopping Vegas’s net has been 7-1-0. The only loss the group incurred was the 6-3 defeat by the Detroit Red Wings.
Fleury’s home average was 4.01 in GAA and a .867 save percentage, Subban’s GAA was 2.06 and .936 in save percentage, while Dansk in his 3 starts has had the better results in net for the Golden Knights with a 1.35 GAA and .959 save percentage.
Lagace’s home win was a performance of a .931 save percentage night with 2 goals allowed on 29 total shots he faced vs. the Winnipeg Jets in their 5-2 victory which brought their home record to 8-1-0 after the team came home from their Eastern Conference road trip.
In terms of goal differential in their 8 home games played at T-Mobile has been really good, 34-19 which equates to a +15. Of the 34 goals they have scored, 7 of them have been when they converted on the man advantage. The Golden Knights power play success rate 21.9%.
At home, the Golden Knights are tied with the Anaheim Ducks and ranked 8th overall in the league at 85.7%.
When facing opponents at T-Mobile Arena, they have a FOW% of 51.5%, that’s 259 draws won vs 244 draws lost.
The team’s top goal scorer James Neal has recorded 5 goals for the Golden Knights in their 8 games at T-Mobile Arena.
David Perron along with William Karlsson and Oscar Lindberg are tied for 2nd place in goals with 4 each.
Reilly Smith leads Vegas in points at home with 9 while Perron and Neal are tied for 2nd with 8 each.
Their home season record success unfortunately has not translated into the same performance while the team has been on the road away from the “The Fortress”. In their 10 games on the road, the Golden Knights have recorded a 4-5-0-1 record.
Dansk was only able to play 34:50 on the Golden Knights road trip when he went down with the injury bug. They had to rely on 4th string goalie Maxime Lagace to carry them the rest of the way, including their Western Canada road swing as well.
One of the things that went wrong for the Golden Knights when they were on their Eastern Conference road trip, was the third period. The third period was a thorn in their side as they were outscored 10-4. Their worst third periods on that trip was against the New York Islanders and Rangers (outscored 7-1).
On that trip, the Golden Knights went 1-4-1 (collected 3 points of the 18 that were up for grabs). Their only victory came against the Ottawa Senators where they beat them 5-4.
Lagace recorded a GAA 3.87 and .866 save percentage on their road trip where they earned 3 points. For the two starts he made in the recent Western Canada road trip (Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks) he recorded 1-1 record with a 4.89 GAA and .820 save percentage.
Neal recorded 2 of 5 road goals on the Eastern Conference trip (he also leads the Golden Knights in scoring goals on the road).
In terms of goal differential in their 10 road games away from T-Mobile has been a different story, 29-36 which equates to a -7. Of the 29 goals they have scored, 6 of them have been when they converted on the man advantage. The Golden Knights power play success rate 16.7%.
On the road, the Golden Knights penalty kill seen it’s fair share of challenges as they have recorded a rate of 71.0% which is near the bottom in the league rankings.
They have a FOW% of 49.9%, that’s 316 draws won vs 317 draws lost.
Forward Perron leads the Golden Knights in assists on the road with 7, Jonathan Marchessault and defenseman Nate Schmidt are tied for 2nd place in assists away from T-Mobile at 6 each.
Perron and Marchessault are 1 and 2 in points with 9 and 8 respectively.
In any team over the course of the season will have different results from home vs. away. Some teams are equipped to be road warrior and those are made to be the team that holds fort at home.