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GAME THREAD: Golden Knights at Senators

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Quite a lot going on in this one tonight!

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The Vegas Golden Knights will look to end a four-game losing streak tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

There are a few major storylines to follow in this one.

For one thing, Vegas will play the first game in franchise history without Gerard Gallant behind the bench. The Knights announced yesterday the dismissals of Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly. Peter DeBoer, former coach of the San Jose Sharks, was named as Gallant’s replacement. He will make his Vegas coaching debut tonight in Ottawa.

For another thing, Mark Stone will make his long-awaited return to Ottawa. Stone faced his former team earlier this season, but tonight marks the first time he’ll be back in Canadian Tire Centre since getting dealt to the Knights at last year’s trade deadline.

The Knights are in desperate need of two points, though the Senators enter tonight’s game with losses in eight straight, so it should be a hard-fought battle.

Vegas is currently outside of playoff positioning but sits just three points out of first place in the Pacific Division. Arizona, Calgary and Vancouver are also on the schedule tonight.

The Knights will have to get it done tonight without William Karlsson, who is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

ICYMI, check out the preview for tonight’s game.

Here are the projected lineups for both clubs (subject to change):

Golden Knights

Jonathan MarchessaultChandler StephensonReilly Smith
Max PaciorettyPaul Stastny — Mark Stone
Tomas NosekCody EakinAlex Tuch
William CarrierNicolas RoyRyan Reaves

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt
Nick HoldenShea Theodore
Nicolas HagueDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury
Malcolm Subban

Senators

Brady Tkachuk — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Connor Brown
Tyler EnnisColin WhiteDrake Batherson
Vladislav NamestnikovChris TierneyAnthony Duclair
Filip ChlapikArtem AnisimovScott Sabourin

Thomas ChabotRon Hainsey
Mark BorowieckiNikita Zaitsev
Mike ReillyDylan DeMelo

Craig Anderson
Marcus Hogberg

Join us in the comments section during tonight’s historic game.

Poll

How do you feel about the coaching change?

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    Love it
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  • 33%
    Gallant was great, but it was time for a change
    (5 votes)
  • 26%
    Peter DeBoer? Really?!?
    (4 votes)
  • 33%
    Hate everything about it
    (5 votes)
  • 6%
    I’m not crying, you’re crying!
    (1 vote)
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