Something has happened to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
The Washington Capitals.
The curious case of the expansion team darling is facing its toughest test of these Stanley Cup Playoffs, down two games to one on the eve of game three in Washington. Vegas has been a favourite of the Regroup since we started a few months back, and while that hasn’t changed, the fact that they’re facing a determined Capitals squad led by the juggernaut Alex Ovechkin, two wins away from a championship, instead of a frustrated group of Calgary Flames in February, has.
But if we learned anything about their season, it’s that counting the Golden Knights out would be foolish. They know what they need to do to win, they know how they need to play. They know how to beat the Washington Capitals. The question is whether or not they’re capable of beating the Washington Capitals.
One thing Vegas does well is pressuring deep in the offensive zone while still having the determination to apply enough back pressure to keep zone time alive. So far in this series it hasn’t worked, and Washington has benefited to the tune of multiple 2on1 rushes, kinda like this one from Evgeni Kuznetsov.
Here’s how Vegas needs to play to beat Washington.
1. Aggressive Vegas FC Hems in Calgary
2. More Zone Time
3. Keep the Play Alive
From last week, in case you missed it…