After beating Seattle in the opening game of the season Vegas drops four in a row. The injuries continue to pile up as Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone join Alex Tuch on IR. Between these three high scoring offensive players that leaves $26.5 million out of the lineup. Both defenseman Alec Martinez and Zach Whitecloud are considered day to day. Whitecloud is the newest addition to the injury list with an upper body issue after blocking a Duncan Keith shot in the 5-3 loss to the Oilers. Add Nolan Patrick to the list after he was a surprise scratch before the Islanders game.
A couple of positives before I dive back into the flurry of problems that continue to pile up in Vegas. Nolan Patrick scores his first goal as a Golden Knight. Because of the injuries Jake Leschyshyn and Daniil Miromanov enter the lineup.
Vegas fans should be worried. Despite it being early in the season and injuries to key players, some of the role players need to start stepping up. Robin Lehner can only stand on his head so many times. Panda looked fantastic last game against his former team. Giving the Golden Knights more than enough chances to mount a comeback as it was still 1-0 after the first two periods. The goalie can make a million great saves but don’t rely on them to score. Both goals in that Islanders game came off Vegas turnovers in their own zone. After a final score of 2-0 and another loss, how does Vegas turn things around?
Goaltending is not the problem. Much like the former face of the franchise, Panda can’t get any offensive support. Flower is being left out to dry in Chicago and it seems like the same thing is happening in Vegas for Panda. Vegas needs to have better puck management because if you can’t get the biscuit out of the zone there won’t be any gravy. I love biscuits and gravy but the way Vegas has been playing looks closer to oatmeal before you cook it. Back to back road games against Colorado and Dallas are next up. We should see Laurnet Brossoit starting in net for one of those games before Vegas heads back home.