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Preview: Golden Knights Return Home to Take on New York Islanders

Vegas Golden Knights v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights (22-9-1, 45 points) are back home tonight at T-Mobile Arena to take on the New York Islanders (17-13-1, 35 points). The Islanders are in Vegas, in the 2nd game of a back-to-back, having lost on Friday vs. the Arizona Coyotes. The Golden Knights are fresh off a win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and look to extend their winning streak to 3 in a row.

The Golden Knights head into this game with an offense that has generated 3.31 goals per game (11th-best in NHL), and only surrendering 2.69 goals against per game (7th-best in NHL). Their power play has an efficiency rating of 24.4% which is 10th in the NHL as of this writing.

Tonight they will have Alex Pietrangelo back in the lineup, and that will be a big lift for the squad.

New York sits 15th in the league with a 3.19 goals per game average, and 10th with a 2.84 goals against average. In terms of special teams, their power play is clicking at 21.1 which is 21st in the NHL.

When it comes to killing penalties, Vegas’ rating of 74.1% is 24th in the league, and the Isles are killing penalties at a rate of 82.1% which is 6th-best in the league. A big strength of the Islanders defensively is their last line of defense Ilya Sorokin. He is one of the league’s top goaltenders, and someone who is currently considered a favorite to win the Vezina Trophy even though his hot start has cooled off a bit. He played on Friday and isn’t expected to start tonight though.


Players of Note

New York Islanders

Leading Scorer: Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal — 31 points in 31 games

Top Goal Scorer: Brock Nelson — 14 goals in 31 games

Best Goalie: Ilya Sorokin — 10-10-0, .921 SV%, 2.50 GAA

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Jack Eichel — 13-16-29 in 27 GP (on Injured Reserve)

Top Goal Scorer: Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith — 14 goals in 32 games

Best Goalie: Logan Thompson — 14-7-0, .918 SV%, 2.62 GAA


Here are the projected lines for both sides.

Vegas Golden Knights

Phil Kessel — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Reilly Smith — William Karlsson — Jonathan Marchessault

Jonas Rondbjerg — Jake Leschyshyn — Mike Amadio

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Nic Hague — Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb — Daniil Miromanov

Ben Hutton — Alex Pietrangelo

Logan Thompson

New York Islanders

Andres Lee — Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom

Josh Bailey — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier

Zach Parise — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri

Matt Martin — Casey Czikas — Cal Clutterbuck

Robin Salo — Ryan Pulock

Alexander Romanov — Scott Mayfield

Sebastian Aho — Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov


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