Lack Of Offense; Too Many Bad Looks
The Vegas Golden Knights got under my skin yesterday against the Carolina Hurricanes. I know you’re thinking “What are you talking about?” well, let me tell you.
There were a lot of potential opportunities yesterday in which the Vegas Golden Knights could’ve put themselves in a better situation to win. However, as you can tell by the loss, they didn’t take advantage of the opportunities they had.
They had multiple chances to move the puck towards the net and try drawing Raanta out of the crease, in fact, there was a shot taken by forward, Evgenii Dadonov, that had him way out of his crease. Instead of trying to find a pass across the ice, or laying one off along the perimeter, he decided to take the shot right at him.
It’s those opportunities I’m referring to when I say they got under my skin. The types of things you look for in players: Shot, Passing, Vision, IQ, Puck handling, were all things that showed tonight and none of them really seemed to shine.
Now, playing in the NHL is hard. Especially when you have to play against a team like the Hurricanes. There is no easy victory playing a team as talented as them when you are dealing with so much loss. But good teams overcomes those problems and find ways to beat teams like these.
Moving forward, I’d expect them to learn and make adjustments because I still have no doubt in my mind that this is a championship caliber roster. The problem is that they have the players that make the Vegas Golden Knights a championship caliber team on the IR. Hopefully, they find a way to bounce back Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings.