An update from Vegas on Tuesday night: Ryan Reaves and Tom Wilson still do not like each other. Then on the short trip to T-Mobile Arena on Monday morning, coach Todd Reirden tried to remember his exact steps from the last time he was here, just in case there was some good luck left in that path. It's a pretty special feeling for us as individuals, our team, our organization, everything.
Finally, the two have a history. He finished the game with seven hits, pushing his season total to 85 hits. You had the lead changes, you had swings, you had them buzzing and we were going. "I thought it was shoulder to shoulder and I didn't think it was that late".
If you look at the video of Tuesday's hit, Reaves is skating north-and-south, and Wilson is actually the player that is skating towards Reaves to make contact. Maybe. At the time, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant and Vegas fans alike were up in arms over the call. Big hits, bigger goals, and all around excitement filled the T-Mobile Arena last night as the Golden Knights won a back-and-forth thriller, by a score of 5-3. Cody Eakin wasted no time capitalizing on that momentum. The Eakin line has combined for 28 goals while seeing less ice time than the top unit. The Knights struggled against Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen, who stopped 32 of 33 shots to win his third consecutive game. Captain Alex Ovechkin echoed that: "Of course when you coming back, you're going to have memories, you're going to have smile on your face, but as soon as the game starts, it's a different day". Although before the end of the period Jakub Vrana finished off a lovely feed from Brett Connolly to tie the game up at one During that period the face-off battle was swinging heavily in Vegas' favor, they were 73 percent in the face-off circle compared to the Caps 23 percent.
"I think with Schmidt back [in the lineup], it has made a huge difference to their team", says Reirden, "and we'll see a much different team than we saw earlier in the year against them, with him being able to add from the speed factor, and also from the back end". And, they've been outscored 44-18 in those 11 games.
The severity of Wilson's injury is unclear.
Just 1:03 into the first period, Brett Connolly drove the net hard but ran over Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury which led to a power play for the Knights.
The Golden Knights announced the move today, making roster space by assigning forward Daniel Carr to the AHL.