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1 On 1 With Vegas Golden Knights Defenseman Deryk Engelland
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Las Vegas–Today after the Golden Knights held their practice session in front of the fans at “City National Arena” we had the chance to catch up defenseman Deryk Engelland.
The Golden Knights yesterday lost their second straight home game at T-Mobile Arena after returning to Vegas from a 6 game road swing where they earned a solid 4-2 record away from “The Fortress”.
Their matchup against the Flyers was not one of their best games at home of the season and for the Golden Knights after finding so much needed success on the road, defenseman Engelland noted that they got away from the things that made them successful as a late.
“I thought we didn’t get to the net, we didn’t create havoc at their net, we didn’t capitalize, we had chances where we could’ve buried early in the first and hats off the Neuvirth he played well but we got to find a way to get those goals in.” Engelland said.
With their recent schedule and games that they played away from Southern Nevada, didn’t really give the Golden Knights much time for the traditional practice sessions as opposed to the short morning skates ahead of each contest.
“Things we haven’t been able to work on over that last road trip where there’s a lot of travel, practices aren’t as strenuous because of the travel and the games and you get back you have a game and a day we get to work on things we didn’t.” Says Engelland.
Tomorrow’s last matchup of the season against the Chicago Blackhawks will be a big one for the Golden Knights as they have beaten the “Original Six” franchise twice already, once in Vegas and the other in the “Windy City”. For the Blackhawks, they will try to redeem themselves over those two losses by Vegas.
“Their a highly skilled team they got a lot of weapons over there, they can hurt you in a lot of different ways, we got to be ready to take time and space away from their top guys and stay disciplined, their power play is dangerous, we just got to get back to our game, five man unit all over the ice.” Mentioned Engelland on facing the Blackhawks tomorrow.
The Golden Knights defeated the Blackhawks 4-2 at T-Mobile back on October 24 where Oscar Dansk stepped in for Vegas and made 29 saves and posted a .935 save percentage and beat them 5-4 at the United Center on January 5 with backup netminder Malcolm Subban between the pipes as he stopped 28 of 32 shots that night.
An area of the Golden Knights game has been one that has helped them over the course of the last few weeks and that is their special teams performance where Vegas has been able to convert in 9 straight games before the streak was snapped in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Flyers.
“I think we’re doing a good job at getting shots, our entries have been pretty good for the most part, we’re getting shots, recovering pucks and doing it over again, we’re not changing anything, we’re not trying to force anything, we’re doing the same thing over and over and we’re getting results.” Engelland said on the Golden Knights recent success on the power play.
Vegas only had 1 power play chance in their 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. The Golden Knights will look to get back on the board on the man advantage tomorrow vs. the Blackhawks.