Vegas Golden Knights 3rd Quarter 2019-20

The Vegas Golden nights have now played 61 games in the 2019-20 NHL season which means they are three quarters of the way through the season now. So we are going to take a look and see where they stand thus far. The overall data comes from Hockey Reference while 5-on-5 data is from Natural Stat Trick and is all up to date prior to playing game #62 on Thursday February 20.

 

Team Data

Vegas has gone 31-22-8 (24-7-8-22) through the year, outscoring their opponents 189-183 and outshooting them 2105-1813. They are currently 3rd in the Pacific Division, 6th in the Western Conference, and 15th in the NHL with a 57.4 P%.

They are 15th in the league with 3.10 goals for per game, 12th with a 3.00 goals against per game, and 14th with a 50.8% goal differential. They lead the league with 34.5 shots for per game, 5th with 29.7 shots against per game, and lead the NHL with a 53.7% shot differential. They are 20th with a 9.0 Sh%, 20th with an 89.9 Sv%, and 25th with a 98.9 luck differential.

They scored on 37/172 power play opportunities for a 21.5 PP% (#12 in the NHL) and stopped 151/193 opportunities against for a 78.2 PK% (#22). They have scored 9 shorthanded goals (3rd in the league) and only gave up 3 shorthanded against (also 3rd).

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Vegas Golden Knights – Defensive Pairings

We are currently in the All-Star break, a little over half way through the 2019-20 NHL season, and are a month away from the February 24 trade deadline. The Vegas Golden Knights have had their struggles this year, particularly in their own end, so the buzz in the rumour mill has been discussing what kind of moves they could make to get better on D. So I wanted to take a look at the defensive pairings and try to figure out what their issues may be.

VGK D

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Vegas Golden Knights Prospect Update January 2020

I had meant to work on an update after the 2020 World Junior Championships completed but I got busy and am now about a week behind schedule. So here we go, let’s take a look at the Vegas Golden Knights prospects who are playing in the juniors, the NCAA, and in Europe during the 2019-20 season.

 

Goaltenders

Jiri Patera – 13-7-2 with a 2.54 GAA and 92.3 Sv% with Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League

A 20-year-old 2017 7th round pick. The goalies are still fairly evenly splitting starts but he has turned things around and now has more games and much better stats than his teammate. He is 13th in the WHL for GAA and 6th in Sv% out of 63 netminders so far this year. Brandon is currently 3rd in the East Division, 7th in the Eastern Conference, and 13th in the WHL with an 21-17-3 record (54.9 P%).

 

Jordan Kooy – 5-5-2 with a 4.33 GAA and 87.7 Sv% with London Knights, Sarnia Sting, and Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League

A 19-year-old 2018 7th round pick. He was traded from London to Sarnia at the end of October after being passed up in the depth chart and then was out since the middle of November, returning this past week just prior to being traded to Oshawa. He is currently 34th in GAA and 30th in Sv% amongst 51 netminders. His numbers have improved with each trade (84.2 Sv% in London to 88.9 Sv% in Sarnia to 90.3 Sv% in Oshawa) and he appears to have been put in place as the new starter. Oshawa is currently 3rd in the East Division, 3rd in the Eastern Conference, and 8th in the OHL with a 20-13-5 record (59.2 P%).

 

Isaiah Saville – 7-5-2 with a 3.03 GAA and 88.9 Sv% as a Freshman with University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference

A 19-year-old 2019 5th round pick. He has been the starter playing 15 of the 17 games he was dressed for, although his backup has slightly better stats right now and his stats have started to decline as the season progressed. He is 57th in GAA and 65th in Sv% amongst 73 netminders and 9th/10th amongst 12 Freshmen. He represented Team USA at the WJC but did not play. UNO is currently 6th in the NCHC with a 3-5-1 conference record (9-9-3 overall).

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Pittsburgh Penguins 1st Half 2019-20

The Pittsburgh Penguins completed the first half of the 2019-20 NHL season this weekend, although I forgot to save the data so we are actually looking at their first 42 games of the season rather than 41. I started typing this up 2 days ago and they have already played their 43rd game, but the data is all only through 42.

 

Team Data

The Pens went 25-12-5 (18-7-5-12) through the first half, outscoring their opponents 140-113 while outshooting their opponents 1402-1244. They are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference, and 5th in the NHL with a 65.5 P%.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Update – January 2020

We last checked up on the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects back in November, so let’s go ahead and see how the young kids are doing down in the Juniors, the NCAA, and in Europe. For any Euro prospects their team’s standings will be in IIHF format: regulation wins, overtime wins, overtime losses, and regulation losses.

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