Good morning, and Happy Friday. Let’s get you caught up on everything that’s been going on.
Golden Knights news
- Today is the day. Jack Eichel gets his artificial disk replacement surgery, and the road to him suiting up for the Golden Knights officially begins. ESPN reported Thursday that the operation will take about 45 minutes and Eichel will be home the same day. Start marking your calendars.
- The Golden Knights are suddenly two games above .500 and last night was thanks to Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg. (KOI)
- Jonas Rondbjerg’s parents may or may not have been awake at 4:30 a.m. when the rookie scored his first NHL goal. (Las Vegas Sun)
- A clutch second-period goal from Jonathan Marchessault — off an incredible play by Reilly Smith — was crucial in Vegas’ win last night. (Review-Journal)
- Vegas’ depth has been tested like no other this season. Not only is it paying off right now, but it could help in the future. (The Athletic)
- The NHL is in talks with city officials about shutting down the Strip for some skills events during All-Star Weekend, and let me tell you that’s going to go over so well. (ESPN)
Around the league
- Shoutout to former Golden Knights goalie Zach Fucale for getting a shutout in his first NHL start. Eight years in the making. (Japers’ Rink)
- The Anaheim Ducks remain scorching hot, as does Troy Terry. (NHL)
- The Columbus Blue Jackets are retiring Rick Nash’s No. 61 sweater, the first to ever be retired by the organization. So awesome. (The Cannon)
- The Colorado Avalanche do not have Nathan MacKinnon. It did not matter against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, who the Golden Knights will face on Saturday. (Mile High Hockey)