Vegas, We Have A Problem: Reducing The Giveaways And More

While the Golden Knights are resting atop the NHL perch, that doesn't mean they're a perfect team. Here's what they need to fix to repeat as Stanley Cup champs.

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2. Injuries

Logan Thompson, Jesperi Kotkaniemi
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Of course, you're not going to change injuries in any sport. It's part of the competitive nature and adds more unpredictability. However, you can reduce the impact it has with a proper strategy and a "next man up" mentality.

Last season, Vegas dealt with an array of goaltender injuries that tested their depth. It even impacted them during the playoffs, where the eventual hero, Adin Hill, stepped in for Laurent Brossoit. As a result, they persevered and won the Stanley Cup. However, they're dealing with the same test with their current tandem.

Hill is out with an undisclosed injury after Sunday's game against Ottawa and Logan Thompson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Golden Knights must stick to their strategy of a strong forecheck and defensive style to make life easier for the likes of Jiri Patera.