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Golden Knights vs. Coyotes: Preview and Open Game Thread

Vegas Golden Knights v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to pickup two important points against an eliminated team playing out the string of the season, and it is an opportunity they need to take very seriously.

The Golden Knights enter tonight with a record of 39-29-4 (82 points), and are 7-3-0 over their last 10 games played. The Arizona Coyotes have a record of 22-44-5 (49 points), and are 2-7-1 over the last 10 games played.

This is the third meeting between both teams, with Vegas having taken the first meeting in December by a score of 7-1, and the second meeting going to the Coyotes by a score of 3-1. The Coyotes have a chance to play spoiler once again, and this is another must win games for Vegas as the clock is ticking down on the regular season.


Standings Update

NHL.com

Vegas remains on the outside looking in, and they trail the Dallas Stars by two points for the final Wild Card spot. However, Dallas was defeated by the New Jersey Devils in regulation earlier today, essentially burning a game in hand it held over Vegas if the Golden Knights were to win tonight.

A win would create a tie in points, although the Stars would still have two games in hand. That said, Vegas will play the Stars once more on April 26, so one of those games in hand can be neutralized if the Golden Knights were to win that game.

Here are the projected lines for both squads which are subject to change.


Vegas Golden Knights

Forwards

Evgenii Dadonov — Jack Eichel — Nicolas Roy

Jonathan Marchesault — William Karlson — Mike Amadio

Max Pacioretty — Chandler Stephenson — Mattias Janmark

Jonas Rondbjerg — Jake Leschyshyn — Keegan Kolesar

Defense

Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore

Ben Hutton — Alex Pietrangelo

Alec Martinez — Zach Whitecloud

Goaltender

Robin Lehner


Arizona Coyotes

Forwards

Nick Ritchie— Travis Boyd — Nick Schmaltz

Michael Carcone — Barrett Hayton — Phil Kessel

Jan Jenik — Jay Beagle — Loui Eriksson

Andrew Ladd — Alex Galchenyuk — Matias Maccelli

Defense

Shayne Gostisbehere — Dysin Mayo

Cam Dineen — Anton Stralman

Kyle Capobianco — Vladislav Kolyachonok

Goaltender

Karel Vejmelka


Team Stats via NHL dot com


Enjoy the game!