The Golden Knights fell for the second straight time at home in the preseason, 4-2 to the Avalanche. The power play had issues, as Colorado nearly had more short handed goals than Vegas had power play goals.
The Avalanche cashed in on two goals when the Golden Knights had players stuck on the ice for longer than a minute. The first goal came when the Brayden McNabb, Brenden Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg and Nate Schmidt were on the ice for 1:13. The third Colorado goal came when the Vadim Shipachyov, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith line was on the ice for 1:11.
3 Shipachyov Shots
The Russian center prefers to pass, but he at least took some chances, firing three shots on target in a game-high 23 minutes. He posted an assist on a nice cross-ice pass to Colin Miller. The bigger concern comes on faceoffs, where he only took four and lost every one.
4 Goals Allowed
Marc-Andre Fleury did not have a blooming debut in Vegas, as he surrendered four goals while making 18 saves. The Golden Knights dominated in shots (36 to 22), which may not happen very often. Fleury will have to be better when Vegas surrenders so few chances.
7 Goalless Power Plays
The Golden Knights were repeatedly gifted a man advantage by the Avalanche, but they never cashed in. Vegas got just eight shots on goal on the power play, and conceded three short-handed shots. Vadim Shipachyov, Shea Theodore, Reilly Smith and Cody Eakin all logged at least six minutes of power play time.
Shea Theodore took a team-high 11 shots, while playing the second-most minutes of any defensemen at 18:39. The last two games have heavily featured Theodore, who could be sent to the AHL due to being waiver exempt. But head coach Gerard Gallant certainly thinks Theodore has a place on the roster.
“I don’t know who has him on the bubble,” Gallant said.
15 Faceoff Wins
Cody Eakin dominated faceoffs, as he won 15 of 19 (79 percent). Eakin won all five of his faceoffs in the offensive zone. But his most impressive numbers came against Matt Duchene, who led the NHL in face off win percentage last season, as Eakin won 4 of 5 off Duchene.
18 Shots Blocked
The Golden Knights love to fire from the blue line, which leads to plenty of shots not getting through. Colorado blocked 18 shots, while Vegas missed the net entirely on 18 more shots. Shea Theodore is the leader of blue line shots, as he scored his goal on a wrist shot from the edge of the offensive zone. Theodore had seven of his 11 shot attempts blocked.
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