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What a bummer. Just when things started looking like they were going to trend upwards, the Vegas Golden Knights playoff aspirations hit another speed bump, this time at the hands of the New York Rangers. Even though this was just the first regulation loss Vegas suffered in their last four games, their chances of squeezing in are beginning to fade away. Despite being just seven points back (!!) of seventh place, no team in the league has played more games, so all of the teams ahead of the Knights have games in hand. The only positive of that is that many of them are against each other, and still provide an opportunity for a higher finish. 

 

On their first shift of the game, the Knights' second line did a beautiful job cycling the puck down low in the offensive zone and controlling the play. Vegas F Casey Cizikas opened the scoring with his first of the game, just over a minute after the puck dropped, and things were looking good for his team from there. Although his line would finish with five points and plus-four, everything else was downhill after that opening goal. Even if the penalty kill is perfect, even chipping in a goal (thank you Nathan Beaulieu!) when the powerplay is more of a power outage, you’re not going to win many games. The Knights continue to own the worst conversation rate with the man advantage, and any progress made does not seem to last for long. 

 

On top of all of that, Jack Hughes (-4) and his linemates were pointless, combining for a minus-eight rating, and were the Golden Knights’ biggest liability out on the ice against the Rags on Wednesday. 

 

Here’s hoping they can turn it around on Monday night against the Sharks, their final game of a three-at-home set before heading to Chicago for an eagerly-awaited rematch with the Hawks.