Preview: Golden Knights Back Home Vs. Penguins

The Vegas Golden Knights (26-12-2, 54 points) are back at T-Mobile Arena this evening for a contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins (19-12-6, 44 points), and will look to get two points in a building that hasn’t been too kind to them this season. Vegas is fresh off a win over the Colorado Avalanche, and the Penguins are back inside after a loss to the Boston Bruins at the 2023 NHL Winter Classic.

Tale of the Tape

Vegas Golden Knights

Record over Last 10: 6-3-1

Goals For Per Game: 3.28

Goals Against Per Game: 2.80

Power Play Efficiency: 25.0%

Penalty Kill Efficiency: 78.1%

Pittsburgh Penguins

Record over Last 10: 4-4-2

Goals For Per Game: 3.27

Goals Against Per Game: 3.00

Power Play Efficiency: 22.1%

Penalty Kill Efficiency: 84.3%

Players of Note

Pittsburgh Penguins

Leading Scorer: Sidney Crosby — 19-24-43 in 37 games

Top Goal Scorer: Sidney Crosby — 19 goals in 37 games

Goalie: Casey DeSmith — 4-7-2, .911 SV%, 2.99 GAA

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Chandler Stephenson — 10-29-39 in 40 games

Top Goal Scorer: Reilly Smith — 18 goals in 40 games

Goalie: Logan Thompson — 18-9-1, .915 SV%, 2.61 GAA

Here are the projected lines for both sides.

Vegas Golden Knights

Mike Amadio — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Reilly Smith — Jack Eichel — Nicolas Roy

Paul Cotter — William Karlsson — Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Jake Leschyshyn — Keegan Kolesar


Nic Hague — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Kaedan Kor

Ben Hutton — Brayden Pachal

Logan Thompson

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust

Jason Zucker — Evgeni Malkin — Rickard Rakell

Brock McGinn — Teddy Blueger — Jeff Carter

Danton Heinen — Chad Ruhwedel — Kasperi Kapanen


Marcus Petterson — Jan Rutta

Brian Dumoulin — Ty Smith

Pierre-Olivier Joseph — Mark Friedman

Casey DeSmith

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