The Vegas Golden Knights’ season had a heartbreaking end to their season when losing in Game 7 of Round 1 against the San Jose Sharks (we’re not getting into it). For the Golden Knights, it seemed like they spent the whole season battling.
In the first 20 games, the team went 8-11-1 with only 50 goals for and 58 against. The Knights maintained control of the puck more often than not though with a 56.2% Corsi for.
They picked it up heading to the halfway point and got their record up to 22-15-4 by the 41st game of the season. Their goals for climbed to 123 and their goals against went to 114.
The Golden Knights’ season ended with a 43-32-7 record alongside 249 goals for and 230 goals against. The team’s Corsi For went to 54.7%, leaving them dominant on the ice. Playoffs didn’t go as smoothly for the Knights, losing Round 1 in 7 games with 25 goals for and 23 goals against. Their Corsi For was still on the up at 52.4%.
The Golden Knights relied heavily on their goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban. The goaltending duo faced a combined 2,399 shots on goal, just under the league average of 2,579. They averaged a .905 save percentage with a whopping 9 shut outs.
Marc-Andre shined as a starter for the Golden Knights. He played and started 61 games this season. The 34 year-old faced 1,975 shots, in both playoffs and regular season. Fleury allowed only 173 of those shots into the net. He had a regular season GAA of 2.67 and a save percentage of .913. He also had 2 assists on the season.
The Golden Knights have run into a tight situation when it comes to cap space. They have $0. Their cap hit is at $85,024,999 and the other $3,524,999 is used on the LTIR. They’re defensively stacked and have good players but it seems dodge to have 0 breathing room.
Going into next season, they don’t need to do any touch-ups along the edges. They’ve got players like Stone, Pacioretty, Karlsson, Reaves, and Schmidt at their disposal but will it be enough for a comeback?
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