A Big Reason For Golden Knights’ Loss To Flames Might Be A Bruce Cassidy Issue

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The Golden Knights had a 2-0 lead in a “tough place to play” against an excellent Calgary Flames team Tuesday night. As Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said, it was an opportunity to take two points against a team that plays well at home. Unfortunately, the 2-0 lead turned into a 3-2 loss, the first loss of the season for Vegas. It was a “measuring stick game” for the Knights, and the verdict was not good enough. The reasons could be too many penalties or defensive breakdowns, but one particular cause could be more concerning and an issue that haunted some of Cassidy’s Bruins teams.

After the loss, Cassidy mentioned that the Golden Knights were not winning the “net-front battles” and that the Flames were harder on the puck in those areas. Vegas was unable to get those “greasy” goals teams need to get to beat good teams. Ironically, this was an issue many times over the six seasons Cassidy was at the helm for the Boston Bruins. Cassidy would comment over and over that the Bruins would need to be harder on the puck and get to the “dirty” areas to score, and almost habitually, the Bruins would lack in that area. On Tuesday night, the Vegas Golden Knights looked the same, and the Flames were able to squeak out a win and leave Vegas disappointed in their effort.

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Cassidy, who is never one to pull any punches in postgame interviews, also called out the “skill” guys on the team and said the Knights needed more from them. The coach was disappointed and said that the skilled players were “quiet.” Since leaving Boston, more reports have come out from players souring on Cassidy’s approach and have been lamenting about Cassidy’s no-nonsense handling of players. After the first loss of the season, it seems that Cassidy hasn’t changed much. He benched Phil Kessel in an earlier game and has now been brutally honest about his team’s performance in Calgary.

But the lack of net-front presence offensively might be more of a prolonged issue. The Golden Knights have talented forwards, but not many who will park themselves in front of the net and create chances. For Vegas to make the postseason after a one-year hiatus, the team will need to find more ways to score, ways that previous teams led by Cassidy were unable to replicate night after night.

The Golden Knights can take advantage of favorable scheduling on Thursday night when they host the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets play Wednesday in Colorado and then travel to Vegas for the second of a back-to-back. You can bet that Bruce Cassidy will be looking for a better effort for 60 minutes and some willingness to do what it takes to score goals. The honeymoon period in Vegas is ending rapidly if it hasn’t already. How the Golden Knights respond against Winnipeg will say a lot about how they receive the message from their coach.

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