The Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-0, 26 points) have hit a small skid losing two in a row after winning nine in a row, and tonight they take on the Arizona Coyotes (6-8-1, 13 points). Phil Kessel will be skating in his 1,000th consecutive game, and he does so against the team he played for last season.
Vegas continues to be an offensive force and has scored 61 goals, they’ve allowed 42 against, and they have slid to third in the league with a .765 points percentage. Arizona has scored the second-fewest goals in the league at 40, they’ve allowed 54 against, and sit 26th in the league with a .433 points percentage.
Tonight’s matchup is the first of three games between Vegas and the Yotes, and after tonight’s contest the two sides will meet again on December 21. Here are some numbers of note for both teams, and how they compare in some key areas.
With those out of the way, here is a projected lineup for both sides.
Vegas Golden Knights
Chandler Stephenson — Jack Eichel — Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith
Paul Cotter — Brett Howden — Phil Kessel
Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague — Zach Whitecloud
Clayton Keller — Barrett Hayton — Travis Boyd
Matias Maccelli — Nick Bjugstad — Lawson Crouse
Nick Ritchie — Jack McBain — Christian Fischer
Liam O’Brien — Laurent Dauphin — Dylan Guenther
Jusso Valimaki — J.J. Moser
Shayne Gostisbehere — Josh Brown
Patrik Nemeth — Troy Stecher
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