5 players who must bring their A-Game for the Golden Knights to retake the lead in the Pacific

The Vegas Golden Knights are quite a few points out of the lead in the Pacific Division, but this talent-laden team can storm back anytime.

Jan 11, 2024; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates with
Jan 11, 2024; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates with / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Adin Hill’s health remains pristine from here on out

Adin Hill, if he stays healthy from now until April, will be a Vezina candidate, and he could even work his way into becoming a finalist. Sure, he’s seen just 18 games so far through February 7th, but his numbers are among the best in the NHL, with an outrageous 0.938 save percentage, a 1.88 GAA, and a quality starts percentage of 0.778. 

Because of injuries, Hill ceded time to Logan Thompson, who has also performed well, but nowhere near Hill’s level. Therefore, if Vegas plans on retaking the lead in the Pacific and putting themselves in the best chance to land a top seed for the postseason, they cannot afford to see Hill miss more time with injuries.

This is a player who has so far faced 28.7 shots on goal per game, so his play is not all a product of sound defense. Vegas has a talented franchise goaltender who will bail them out of a bad game and, in turn, require little from his skaters to bring home two points on most nights. He’s been the best in the league, so now, health will ultimately determine whether the Knights have a franchise player between the pipes in most contests.