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Don’t Look Now, But The Golden Knights Have Been Extremely Healthy This Season

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Note: I’m not a superstitious guy, so I’m proceeding with writing this article. If anything bad happens within the next few games or practices, please take your anger out on my twin brother, Snowin Krepps.

Three. That’s the current number of man-games lost that the Vegas Golden Knights have had 17 games into the 2022-23 NHL season. William Carrier missed a game with a minor injury, and Keegan Kolesar two with illness.

The only reason members of the Golden Knights have missed games is either because of contract disputes or being a healthy scratch. To put this in comparison, last year, the VGK had over 500-man games lost to injury as they missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The now Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights are seeing the benefits of a healthy lineup this season. Key players like Reilly Smith, Mark Stone, Jack Eichel, and Alec Martinez are all back healthy and at 100% after having significant injuries in 2021-22.

“I think that just goes to show what time of a team we are. We have a lot of the same pieces; it is just that everybody is healthy,” said Golden Knights forward Brett Howden.

But why is this? What has caused the VGK to be so healthy early on this season? Here are our thoughts.

A Full Rest

Missing the playoffs was less than ideal for the 2021-22 Golden Knights. But it had a blessing in disguise as it gave the team a full summer to recover. To our knowledge, as many as four players in the organization had some sort of off-season surgery/procedure.

These players were Mark Stone, Robin Lehner (twice), Laurent Brossoit, and Daniil Miromanov. Combine this with guts like William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez, and Brett Howden, who also dealt with significant injuries/surgeries, and you can see the benefits of a healthy summer of recovery.

“Our team probably needed an offseason (to regroup). The Islanders went through a similar situation last season,” said Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon on the 32 Thoughts Podcast.

Different Personnel

Earlier, we stated that the Golden Knights have only three man-games lost to injury this season. But depending on how you look at a man-game injury, this could change with your definition. Technically speaking, the Golden Knights have three obvious long-term injuries, with a trio of players out for the season.

Robin Lehner is out with a hip injury, Nolan Patrick concussions, and multiple injuries have likely ended Shea Weber’s career, which the Golden Knights acquired for cap reasons.

But looking at the Golden Knight’s offseason moves and you can also see that two of the players they traded away, Max Pacioretty and Evgenii Dadonov, have dealt or are deadline with injuries on their new teams. Pacioretty is expected to miss six months with a torn achilles.

On the flip side of things, who did the Golden Knights bring in as a replacement winger for Pacioretty and Dadonov? Phil Kessel, a guy who hasn’t missed a game since 2009.

Straight Up Luck

There were a few injuries last season to the Golden Knights that were essentially freak accidents. Alec Martinez took a skate to the face and missed over half of the season, and Brett Howden collided with the boards and injured his neck.

So far this season, none of these freak accidents have happened to the Golden Knights, thankfully.

“I think, honestly, last year was just a fluky year. The amount of injuries we had with fractures and things like that was very uncommon. I think this year being able to have a full lineup for the time we have had is very fortunate,” said Howden.

Over an 82-game schedule, injuries are bound to happen. Nobody is looking forward to them, but it will be interesting to see how the team adjusts when they do happen because health has arguably been the Golden Knights MVP so far this season.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights as editor-in-chief for Vegas Hockey Now. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for The Boulder City Review, RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now. You can follow him on Twitter @OKrepps85

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Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

THE FLORIDA PANTHERS.
THE ARIZONA COYOTES.
THE COLORADO AVALANCHE.
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
THE UTAH JAZZ.
THE NEVADA GOLDEN KNIGHTS?????!!!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

The GOLDEN KNIGHTS are LOOKING GOOD!!
As are NEW JERSEY and BOSTON!!
I am sure that NAZEM KADRI is wishing that he were traded to the DEVILS or the BRUINS right now!!
I am wondering how many hockey fans know that the original name of the LAS VEGAS hockey club was going to be: THE BLACK KNIGHTS??!!
The LEAFS are in TOUGH against the DEVILS tomorrow night!!
As a LEAF fan, I would be satisfied with just ONE point or even just a ONE GOAL LOSS!!
SURPRISE SURPRISE!!
The result was BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!
If the LEAFS can beat the DEVILS they should be able to beat thew WILD!!
Almost 100% of NHL hockey players are millionaires ( I think that EVANDER KANE with his gambling problem is an exception).
I will be one in 2027 DESPITE:
ONLY a $420,000 lifetime gross income for 40 years (1987-2027)!!
Only about 60% of that is EARNED GROSS INCOME!!
NO INHERITANCE or LOTTERY VICTORIES!!
LESSON: Get an EXCELLENT financial planner EARLY!!!!
It would be interesting to point out that my lifetime gross income is what is 60% of what an NHL hockey player would make for just ONE year at minimum wage!!
The LEAFS are 10-5-5: NOT BAD but their OVERTIME record is AWFUL!!
They could EASILY be 12-5-3!!
A GREAT milestone for JOHN TAVARES!!
400 goals is like hitting 700 home runs in baseball!!
ALBERT PUJOLS from the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS would not be able to beat my 45:53 10KM run for males 230 pounds + BUT I could NOT even hit ONE home run in the MAJORS!!
I did hit about 15 home runs in SOFTBALL for the PURE TOUCH SERVICES (carpet and upholstery cleaning) for AUGUST of 1990 and 1991!!
I got the MVP both years!!
Sorry folks.
the PURE TOUCH SERVICES COMPANY in KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
A HAT TRICK OF DISALLOWED GOALS FOR ONE TEAM????!!!
This MUST be a FIRST!!!!!!!!!!
The LEAFS are now 2-1-2 against the THREE best teams in the league!!!
11-5-5 overall!!!
SUNDIN was GREAT!! SANDIN will be GREAT!! SYNDIN, SONDIN, SINDIN, SENDIN and SAINDIN will be GREAT later on!!!
MARNER: Just another FIVE games for consecutive points and he will have the record for most consecutive points for games for a MAPLE LEAF!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

BORJE SALMING RIP.
How many people remember the sign at MAPLE LEAF GARDENS: BORJE WILL NEVER BORE YA!!??

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

I was a competitive runner and made the EXACT same mistake that ARIELLE did!
Unfortunately, I am suffering from permanent consequences.
I have modified my exercise program substantially.
Instead of 20 minute to two hour runs a day and one hour workouts in the gym, I am doing light weight lifting, running on the spot and exercises I learned at my retirement home for 33 minutes every day early in the morning.
I combine that with long walks.
I go get a MEDIUM ENDORPHIN HIGH rather than an EXTREME ENDORPHIN HIGH when I was competing.
I was a GUINEA PIG for a company that tried to cut costs for janitorial position for a VERY LARGE AREA.
MULTIPLE janitors should have been hired!
I developed SEVERE TENNIS ELBOW after 10 months of work.
ARIELLE used BENGAY (33% METHYL SALICYLATE) whereas I used KALAYA (11% METHYL SALICYLATE).
The directions were VAGUE!
DON’t USE THIS MEDICATION WITH A HEATING PAD should have been replaced with: DON’T APPLY BEFORE HEAVY EXERCISE!!
APPLY THE CREAM AFTER THE EXERCISE AND COOLING DOWN PERIOD!!
https://scienceline.org/2007/08/ask-cooper-bengaydeath/#:~:text=If%20you%20were%20to%20then,brands%20that%20contain%20methyl%20salicylate.

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Now that the NFL CHARGERS have left SAN DIEGO, I believe that it makes more sense for the SHARKS to move from SAN JOSE to SAN DIEGO and join the PADRES!!
BTW, what about KANSAS CITY, PITTSBURGH, CINCINNATI and ST. LOUIS joining the NBA??!!
BOSTON in the NFL??!!
HOUSTON, MILWAUKEE, BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI and (rejoining) CLEVELAND and KANSAS CITY in the NHL??!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Yes. The LEAFS are 12-5-5 but struggled against an AVERAGE team!!
I am NOT impressed!!
MATT MURRAY: Accidentally on purpose the first time the net came off!
THE SECOND TIME?: Accidentally by accident!!
PETAN and FLEURY are now both with the WILD.
It is IRONIC that when PETAN was with the LEAFS, he made shot that was looking that it was going to go in a wide empty net BUT FLEURY made a BRILLIANT stop when he was with VEGAS!!
JOHN TAVARES: BRUTAL on the WILD’S second goal BUT made up for that on the LEAFS’S 3rd goal!!
The WILD looked like the NORTH STARS if you took away the front logo!!
MITCH MARNER?: Just another FOUR games with points and he will have TORONTO’S consecutive point record!!
BTW, I always thought that the DALLAS hockey club should have been called the SOUTH STARS!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

For hockey fans who like JAZZ:
John Tavares and I believe a few other MAPLE LEAFS like to vacation in MUSKOKA.
Check out:
THE BEST JAZZ BALLAD EVER WRITTEN!!:
AUTUMN IN MUSKOKA!!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLLHZmRvMj4&list=PLpPgqItQXIhUZ1JqZ86jgPg7mlF5wLLi8&index=1

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

JOHN TORTORELLA: AUGUST, 2020:
Toronto was GREAT!! We SUCKED!!
He should have same the same thing on NOVEMBER, 2, 2022!!
The FLYERS have a MORGAN that did NOT play.
The LEAFS have a MORGAN that DID play!
The FLYERS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with: SANS!
The LEAFS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with SAMS!!
SAMS won ALTHOUGH he was BRUTAL on the FLYER’S second goal!!
The FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER SAMSONOVA could have stopped that shot!!
TORTORELLA likes the word: SUCK(ED)!!
He used it quite often in an overtime loss to the BLUE JACKETS earlier this year!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

For hockey fans who like JAZZ and EXERCISE:
ENDORPHIA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlHqH3yabOg

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Sorry. The LEAF goal net came off THREE times against the WILD-NOT TWO!!
RE: MAPLE LEAFS NOVEMBER 26, 2022:
It was nice to see CHRISTINA AGUILERA again!
I remember that she made her singing debut in 1992 at the STANLEY CUP finals.
She is a HOT blonde BUT NOT as hot as PAIGE SPIRANAC!!
DESMITH??!!
I wonder if there is anyone in the world with the last name of DEJONES??!!
A MALGIN and a MALKIN this night!
MALGIN wins this time!!
That would be like a JONES on one team and a JONAS on the other!!
MARNER: Just TWO more games to tie EDDIE and DARRYL: THREE more for the LEAF record for consecutive games with at least a point!!
Do it for BORJE MITCH!!
13-5-5 is MORE THAN JUST SOLID in mt books!!
GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

In a few days, it will be the 22nd anniversary of the BIGGEST COLLAPSE IN MAPLE LEAF HISTORY for ONE GAME!!!
The LEAFS led 5-0 after TWO periods and LOST the game 6-5 in OVERTIME against ST. LOUIS!!
I can ensure you that the LEAFS were NOT celebrating TIE DOMI’S HAT TRICK that night!!
Exactly a month later, 33 years ago, the LEAFS made their BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER for ONE GAME!
Down 6-1 against BOSTON, in the second period, they came back to win 7-6 on WENDEL CLARK’S OVERTIME GOAL!!

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