The Las Vegas Golden Knights have made two major line up changes just minutes before the puck drop in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
According to a breaking news report from Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman the Las Vegas Golden Knights will be without both veteran forward David Perron and veteran forward Oscar Lindberg, two of the best skaters that they have on their roster at this present time. It's unclear why the Golden Knights have made these changes to the roster, it could be a matter of either player being injured or perhaps Las Vegas Golden Knights' head coach Gerard Gallant has decided to make some roster modifications after a 4 - 2 loss in Game 1.
According to Friedman it will be forwards Tomas Tatar, acquired by the Golden Knights in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings at the National Hockey League trade deadline, and another former Detroit Red Wing in Tomas Nosek who will be stepping into the line up to replace Lindberg and Perron. The decision on how to use Tatar in the 2018 post season seems to be one that head coach Gerard Gallant has struggled with and as an outside observer it's hard to blame the veteran head coach. Tatar clearly has the talent to be a big contributor for the Golden Knights offensively but he has also shown himself to be incredibly inconsistent as well as a potential liability on the ice at times.
One of the big focuses tonight in the second game of this series will be the ongoing battle between Las Vegas Golden Knights enforcer Ryan Raves and Winnipeg Jets star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. It's only been a single game thus far but it has already been a physical series thus far and many are expecting to see some fireworks between these two at one point or another in this series. If that's not enough for you though there's also the battle between Vezina Trophyt candidate Connor Hellebuyck and veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a man some are calling an early candidate for the Conn Smythe, to pay close attention to this evening.
Should the Golden Knights go down 0 - 2 in this series there will no doubt be criticism regarding the line up changes made by Gallant this evening.