The Vegas Golden Knights (22-10-1, 45 points) will look to rebound this evening as they take on the Buffalo Sabres (15-14-2, 32 points) for the final time this season. Vegas is fresh off a loss to the New York Islanders, and the Sabres enter play with a 3-game win streak. Last month the Golden Knights defeated Buffalo 7-4, and will try and snap out of their recent funk on home ice.
The Golden Knights head into this game with an offense that has generated 3.27 goals per game (x-best in NHL), and only surrendering 2.76 goals against per game (12th-best in NHL). Their power play has an efficiency rating of 25.8% which is 8th in the NHL as of this writing.
Buffalo sits 1st in the league with a 3.97 goals per game average, and 23rd with a 3.45 goals against average. In terms of special teams, their power play is clicking at 30% which is 2nd in the NHL.
When it comes to killing penalties, Vegas’ rating of 74.7% is 24th in the league, and the Sabres are killing penalties at a rate of 72.6% which is 26th in the league.
Players of Note
Leading Scorer: Tage Thompson — 25-24-49 in 31 games
Top Goal Scorer: Tage Thompson — 25 goals in 31 games
Best Goalie: Craig Anderson — 7-4-1, .922 SV%, 2.65 GAA
Vegas Golden Knights
Leading Scorer: Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson — 29 points
Top Goal Scorer: Reilly Smith — 16 goals in 31 games
Best Goalie: Logan Thompson — 14-8-0, .917 SV%, 2.64 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
Jeff Skinner — Tage Thompson — Alex Tuch
JJ Peterka — Dylan Cozens — Jack Quinn
Tyson Jost — Casey Mittelstadt — Victor Olofsson
Zemgus Girgensons — Peyton Krebs — Kyle Okposo
Lawrence Pilut — Rasmus Dahlin
Mattias Samuelsson — Kale Clague
Jeremy Davis — Casey Fitzgerald
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