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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Predators – Game 44 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (25-14-5)  | Nashville Predators (24-19-1)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Predators on Monday afternoon. The Golden Knights looked like a team starting to turn the corner and return to their winning ways after the 4-1 win on Martin Luther King Day against the Predators.

 

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The Golden Knights have more injury news, and unfortunately, it revolves around their superstar player, Jack Eichel. On Monday, Eichel was put in IR as he joined William Karlsson, Adin Hill, William Carrier, and Tobias Bjornfot. Shea Theodore remains on LTIR.

So, could the Golden Knights find a way to grind out two points Monday afternoon against the Nashville Predators?

As of Monday, the Vancouver Canucks had an eight-point lead over the Golden Knights in the Pacific Division. The more important number is the playoff cutline in the Western Conference. The Golden Knights came in with 53 points, just six out of the cushion for a playoff spot. If last year’s Stanley Cup champions can not find a way to go on a run, the season is in danger of getting away from them.

Due to the injuries, the Golden Knights called up Brendan Brisson from the Henderson Silver Knights to hopefully ignite the team’s scoring slump. Brisson expects to be on the right wing with Michael Amadio and Paul Cotter.

The Nashville Predators came into Monday’s game in fourth place in the Central Division. The Predators were 5-4-1 in their last ten games and on a two-game winning streak.

 

Golden Knights vs Predators First Period:

 

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The Golden Knights went nearly 15 minutes into the game before logging their first shot. Mark Stone scored on the Golden Knights’ fourth shot of the game. The VGK top line had a moment of continued pressure. Pavel Dorofeyev took a low shot from the left circle that rebounded to Stone. Stone got the rebound past Predators goalie Juuse Saros.

The Predators had a fair amount of high-danger chances, and Logan Thompson was able to turn all of the shots away in the first period.

It was not a pretty period for VGK, and there will be many more periods like this as long as multiple players are out. But the Golden Knights got out of the first period with a 1-0 lead. That is all Golden Knights fans ask for.

 

Golden Knights vs Predators 2nd Period:

 

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The second period was the polar opposite of the first period. The Golden Knights found speed through the neutral zone and scored off the rush.

Stone found himself all alone, cutting to the net. Chandler Stephenson hit Stone in stride, and the Golden Knights captain got his second goal of the game. The Predators made it a one-goal game with Luke Evangelista scoring from the point on a shot that Thompson never saw.

Stone gave the Golden Knights fans what they wanted to see. Stephenson found Stone on the top of the right circle, and Stone logged his first hat trick since game five of the Stanley Cup Final. Finally, after a rough month and a half, VGK looked like they were starting to put it all together.

 

Golden Knights vs Predators 3rd Period:

 

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The 3-1 lead was exactly what the doctor ordered for VGK fans. What was even better to see was the Golden Knights finding their game during the second period. Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames did not have much pace. It had to be nice for Coach Bruce Cassidy to see the pace return to the Golden Knights game.

The Golden Knights played the necessary defensive game in the third period to secure the win and the much-needed two points. Thompson did not allow a third-period goal, and Jonathan Marchessault scored an empty net goal with 19 seconds remaining to push the score to 4-1.

The theme of the post-game interviews was the team becoming the best version of themselves with many star players out.

You got to have that no-excuses mentality. Everybody has to play a little bit better version of their game.Stone on winning without the stars. “Everybody has to chip in and play as better versions of themselves.”

 

The Golden Knights will remain home to take on the New York Rangers on Thursday, January 18th, at 7:00 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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