Golden Knights announce surprising roster move

They head back to Dallas having lost their series lead.

Michael W.

Everything was going right for the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights, as they stole home ice advantage from the Central Division champion Dallas Stars by winning both games on the road at American Airlines Center to take a commanding two games to none series lead back to Sin City.

However, the Stars weren't going away without a fight. An overtime goal from Wyatt Johnston secured a critical victory for the Stars in Game 3, which was followed up by a second consecutive win to knot the series at two games apiece. Suddenly, it's a best of three heading back to Dallas for Game 5 later this evening. 

But Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy has raised more than a few eyebrows with the major roster decision that he's made. Goaltender Logan Thompson will be on the bench tonight, while last year's Stanley Cup hero Adin Hill will make his first appearance in the postseason. 

Thompson has started all four postseason games so far for Vegas, and has posted solid numbers with a 2.35 goals against average and .921 save percentage. He also racked up an impressive 43 saves despite the overtime loss in Game 3, tying a career-high. But according to Cassidy, the plan was likely to utilize the services of both goaltenders. 

“The decision is, start of the playoffs, we figured we’d probably use both goaltenders,” Cassidy explained this morning. “It’s how we ran our team this year. You never know how it’s going to play out. I thought Logan played well, put us in a good spot. It’s 2-2. He’s done his job. Adin has been through that so that’s a little bit of what goes into the decision. He’s an experienced guy whose come into the situation before.”

Tonight's game will start at 7:30 PM EST. Which team will have the advantage heading back to Vegas for Game 6 later this week? 

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