How Can Vegas Address Its Third Period Woes?

The past three games, the Vegas Golden Knights have gotten off to a hot start, only to cool down. How can the Knights stay the course?

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1. Key Guys Stepping Up

Bruce Cassidy
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So you have two hot hands in Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Roy. You reward them by putting them on the top line, where they continue to flourish. Ivan Barbashev has been good as well, scoring four goals and nine assists since January 15.

However, the other lines haven't had as much luck. Where has Paul Cotter been, aside from bodying people on the ice? He's scored one goal and three assists since the Winter Classic. What about Brett Howden, whose last recorded point(s) came a month ago?

While the top line has carried the load for the Vegas Golden Knights, the other groups need to be shuffled around a bit. Maybe see a line combination with Karlsson and Mark Stone playing together. Maybe give Chandler Stephenson some reps on the third line. Whatever the case, Bruce Cassidy mustn't hesitate to shake things up to get the other guys rolling (which he's known to do, mind you).