The Vegas Golden Knights played last night with the worst team in the league and fell short, suffering a 3-1 loss to Arizona.
Tonight, the Knights have to find a way to win when they host the league’s best Colorado Avalanche for the last time in the 2021-22 regular season.
Both teams have won a game in the season series, and Colorado recently knocked out the Knights in a 2-0 decision last week.
It was the first time in the franchise’s history that the Knights went goalless in consecutive games and also included this Nathan MacKinnon hit:
Tonight’s game will pay homage to Black History Month.
According to the Golden Knights:
NIGHT OF BLACK HISTORY
During the warm-ups, the Golden Knights will wear special t-shirts that will be signed and can be purchased through an online auction. Locker nameplates will be attached to the T-shirts and will be available online. Fans can visit BHM2022.givesmart.com or send a text message “BHM2022” to 76278. The auction will begin at 5:45 pm PT and end at 10:00 minutes of the third period. Heat discs will also go on sale after the game begins, with a limited number available inside the arena outside of Section 11. A portion of Saturday’s proceeds will benefit from a scholarship through the House. of Urban Trade.
Muhammad Ali’s professional boxer and grandson Nico Ali Walsh will sound the rally siren after the teams take the ice for the start of the first period. After the second picture, Broadway in the Hood, a local youth organization, will perform during the intermission. For more information on Broadway in the Hood, fans can visit broadwayinthehood.org. To kick off the third period, Roxann McCoy, president of the National Association for the Advancement of People of Color, will sound the siren at the T-Mobile Arena. The team’s official merchandise for Black History Month is now available at The Arsenal at City National Arena.
The Knights have won three games this month; two came against the Buffalo Sabers and the San Jose Sharks, and the other against an Oilers team that (at the time) was in the middle of a massive fall.
Vegas lost to Calgary (6-0), Colorado (2-0), Los Angeles (4-3, OT) and Arizona (3-1).
As a result, the Knights have fallen to third place in the Pacific Division and currently have only one point advantage over the Oilers, who are also playing tomorrow.
Last night was the game Vegas needed to win; this did not happen, which increases the pressure of a club in difficulty against Avs, which has won six of its last eight games and leads all teams with 80 points.
The Avalanche went 3-0 up last night against Winnipeg, but came back with six goals in a row.
Tonight’s game will not be easy in any sense.
If the Knights don’t come out on top, they could be the second wildest team at the end of the week, barely holding on to a playoff spot after leading the division for much of the season.
Teams across the Pacific are thriving; the golden knights vanish.
For the first time in franchise history, the Golden Knights may not make it to the playoffs. It’s too early to tell, especially before a game against such a powerful offensive.
But the Knights have two months of hockey left, with 16 games in 30 days in March. So if not now, when?
Max Pacioretty and Mattias Janmark left last night’s game with injuries, Jonathan Marchessault missed the game with the flu and Mark Stone continues as a long-term injury reserve.
The Knights could pick up Robin Lehner tonight, who is eligible to return from the injured reserve at any time (although his availability is uncertain), or they could return to Laurent Brossoit, who had another good performance last night. . Logan Thompson will also be in the mix, but Pete DeBoer may be hesitant to put him in that position given the gravity of the situation.
The team remembered Jonas Rondbjerg and reassigned Jake Leschyshyn to the Henderson Silver Knights before tonight’s game.
This is not a game to be won; the Knights are third in the Pacific Division standings and are still in time to turn things around.
However, the time for clichés “there is still a lot of hockey” and “they didn’t get the results” and “next time” is running out.
Even if the Knights don’t win this game, the type of performance they offer will be revealing.
Register: 38-10-4, 80 points (first in NHL)
Power game: 22.9 percent (10)
Death penalty: 77.3 percent (21)
Goals per game: 3.98 (2)
Goals against per game: 2.83 (14)
The top scorers: Nazem Kadri (22-44-66), Mikko Rantanen (26-38-64), Cale Makar (18-37-55), Gabriel Landeskog (28-26-54), MacKinnon (14-36-50)
Projected goalkeeper: Darcy Kuemper (25-6-2, 2.47 GAA, .919 SV%, 2 SO)
Knights of Gold
Register: 29-19-4, 62 points (third in the Pacific Division)
Power game: 18.8 percent (21)
Death penalty: 79.9 percent (16)
Goals per game: 3.19 (12)
Goals against per game: 2.92 (16)
The top scorersChandler Stephenson (13-27—40), Marchessault (20-15—35), Shea Theodore (8-26—34), Reilly Smith (14-19—33), Alex Pietrangelo (7-21—28) *
Goalkeepers: Lehner (19-13-1, 2.86 GAA, .907 SV%, 1 SO); Brossoit (9-5-3, 2.66 GAA, .905 SV%, 1 SO); Thompson (1-1-0, 2.07 GAA, .935 SV%)
* Stone is tied for fifth on the team with 28 points in 28 games, but stays out of lineup.
How to look
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: Fox Sports 98.9 FM