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No excuses for wounded Knights' blowout loss to Leafs

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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Jack Eichel continues to be out. So does William Carrier. So does Pavel Dorofeyev. The Knights also played Thursday without Brett Howden.

Nothing new. The key, however, is not necessarily where the Knights might find themselves when playoff seeds are decided. The key is being healthy when the tournament begins. You saw what happened last year when they were. You saw them lift a Stanley Cup.

“Obviously, the healthier we are, it helps,” Roy said. “We have a lot of confidence in the group when we’re really healthy and have our full lineup out there. Right now, we have to find ways to win with some of our top guys out.”

This isn’t the way.

Here’s Cassidy’s hope with so many leading names on the sidelines: That middle-ground players step forward and take their games to another level. That they find consistency. Names like Michael Amadio and Paul Cotter.

“It’s a group that needs to take more responsibility and hold themselves to a high standard,” Cassidy said. “It’s about taking the next step in their careers, to be the guy who shows up every night. It’s a test and challenge for them and hopefully they’re up for it.”

I’m not sure who was up for much of anything Thursday. Amadio did score a goal. So did William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault.

 

This thing was over fast. Cassidy said earlier he hoped to pack a victory and hit the road on a positive note.

Nothing to pack from this one. Nothing to claim as a positive.

Nothing much to speak of.

“You have young guys but that means the rest of us who have been around for a long time need to be better,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “We’ve got to rely on us to be better and lead by example. Those guys will follow.”

No excuses.


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