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Preview: Golden Knights Look to Continue Success on Road in Windy City vs. Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights (21-9-1, 43 points) continue their road trip this evening in Chicago against a downright awful Blackhawks (7-16-4, 18 points) squad that is wallowing in mediocrity. Chicago is just 1-8-1 in their last 10 games, and find themselves losers of their last 4 games played. Vegas has been uncharacteristically average at 5-5-0 over their last 10, and are looking to start another winning streak after prevailing over the Winnipeg Jets in a 6-5 barn burner.

The Golden Knights head into this game with an offense that has generated 3.29 goals per game (14th-best in NHL), and only surrendering 2.74 goals against per game (7th-best in NHL). Their power play has an efficiency rating of 23.6% which is 12th in the NHL as of this writing.

Chicago sits 30th in the league with a 2.41 goals per game average, and 27th with a 3.67 goals against average. In terms of special teams, their power play is clicking at 23.8 which is slightly better than Vegas.

When it comes to killing penalties, Vegas’ rating of 73.4% is 24th in the league, and the Blackhawks are killing penalties at a rate of 73.3% which is 25th-best in the league.


Players of Note

Chicago Blackhawks

Leading Scorer: Patrick Kane — 4-17-21 in 27 GP

Top Goal Scorer: Max Domi — 10 goals in 27 games

Best Goalie: Alex Stalock — 3-2-1, .914 SV%, 2.93 GAA (on Injured Reserve)

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Jack Eichel — 13-16-27 in 26 GP (on Injured Reserve)

Top Goal Scorer: Jonathan Marchessault — 14 goals

Best Goalie: Logan Thompson —13-7-0, .917 SV%, 2.70 GAA


Here are the projected lines for both sides.

Vegas Golden Knights

Paul Cotter — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

Mike Amadio— Jake Leschyshyn — Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Nic Hague — Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb — Daniil Miromanov

Ben Hutton — Brayden Pachal

Logan Thompson

Chicago Blackhawks

Sam Lafferty — Max Domi — Patrick Kane

Philipp Kurashev — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh

Andreas Athanasiou — Jason Dickinson — Tyler Johnson

Colin Blackwell — Jujhar Khaira — Mackenzie Entwistle

Jake McCabe — Seth Jones

Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy

Jack Johnson — Caleb Jones

Petr Mrazek


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