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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3. Lower The Volume Of Shots On Net

Mikael Backlund, Zach Whitecloud, Logan Thompson
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Another category that Vegas can do better in is the number of shots on goal. They're tied for 13th in most team shots allowed with 974, which has put more pressure on the Golden Knights goaltending. That also won't sit well with Cassidy, who prides himself on taking away shooting lanes.

This goes back to the injury situation for the Golden Knights goaltending, where you don't know what'll happen to Hill and Thompson. In Tuesday's game against Carolina, the Hurricanes had 39 shots on goal. That was because they controlled the offensive tempo and beat Vegas with their speed.

Getting back to basics and taking away these lanes will go a long way in helping the Knights's current goalie situation. This helps the forecheck and generates better opportunities on the other end, putting the ball, er, puck, in Vegas's corner.

(Stats provided by StatMuse)