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Open Game Thread: Golden Knights vs. Panthers

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Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights (25-15-3, 53 points) take on the Florida Panthers (29-9-5, 63 points) at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida. The Golden Knights are coming off a hard-fought overtime loss against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Panthers are fresh off a 5-3 victory vs. the Winnipeg Jets.

The Golden Knights came back from a two-goal deficit twice vs. the Canes, and head into tonight’s game vs. the Panthers almost at full strength as a team. Head coach Pete DeBoer spoke with the media earlier today, and had this to say about the state of the team.

Without factoring in either Pacioretty or Martinez, here’s a projected lineup for the Golden Knights.


Forwards

Evgenii Dadonov — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Mike Amadio — William Karlsson — Jonathan Marchessault

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Mattias Janmark

Brett Howden — Nolan Patrick — Keegan Kolesar

Defense

Nic Hague — Alex Pietrangelo

Shea Theodore — Zach Whitecloud

Brayden McNabb — Dylan Coghlan

Goaltenders

Robin Lehner

Laurent Brossoit


And here’s how the Florida Panthers should stack up.


Forwards

Carter Verhaeghe — Aleksander Barkov — Maxim Mamin

Jonathan Huberdeau — Sam Bennett — Anthony Duclair

Mason Marchment — Anton Lundell — Sam Reinhart

Ryan Lomberg — Eetu Luostarinen — Owen Tippett

Defense

Mackenzie Weegar — Aaron Ekblad

Brandon Montour — Radko Gudas

Lucas Carlsson — Chase Priskie

Goaltenders

Spencer Knight

Sergei Bobrovsky


Numbers to Know

  • Vegas is 4-3-3 over the last 10 games played
  • Florida is 7-2-1 over the last 10 games played
  • The Panthers are a league best 21-3-0 at home
  • The Golden Knights have the eighth best road record at 12-5-1
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  • Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with a line of 16-42-58
  • Spencer Knight has posted a -6.49 Goals Saved Above Average, and a -8.53 Goals Saved Above Expected via Evolving-Hockey

Feel free to use the comments section as an open thread to talk about the game.