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Golden Knights Wrap: The State Of The VGK At The Break

We've written extensively about the Vegas Golden Knight's struggles as of late. The team has lost seven of their last eight games. Here's a…

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We've written extensively about the Vegas Golden Knight's struggles as of late. The team has lost seven of their last eight games. Here's a rundown of where the team is at as they enter a nine-day break from game action. Spoiler alert- It's not good.

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Team Issues: Head coach Bruce Cassidy laid out all of the team's current problems after a Jan. 19th loss to the Detroit Red Wings. They all still ring true.

Scoring Woes: Scoring is perhaps the biggest issue right now for the VGK, who have scored three or fewer goals in six of their last seven games.

Core Piece Gone: The recent slump that the Golden Knights are on has come ever since the loss of captain Mark Stone due to injury. 

Trickle-Down Affect: Now, without Stone, the Golden Knights are in a state of limbo as they can't make any other moves to improve the team.

Stars Slumping: It doesn't help that star players like Jack Eichel, Chandler Stephenson, and Reilly Smith are not performing on offense without Stone.

Biggest Star Not Shining: Jack Eichel, in particular, has not lived up to expectations. He has one point in eight games since Stone's injury and is a -8.

Not An Issue: Despite what Logan Thompson will tell you, the Golden Knight's problems recently have been far from the goaltenders' faults. 

Pacific Division: Both the Seattle Kraken and Los Angeles Kings are gaining ground on the VGK in the standings, with the Alberta teams not far behind.

Standings Update: SEA 63, VGK 62, LAK 62 | EDM 60, CGY 57

In short, the Golden Knights couldn't have asked for a better time for a break, as they rest up for the final push of the regular season.

Clip of the Day: The current state of the Golden Knights, visualized into one play.

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