Preview: Golden Knights Look to Rebound Tonight in Vancouver

The Vegas Golden Knights (14-4-1, 29 points) will end their mini road trip tonight, and will take on the Vancouver Canucks (6-9-3, 15 points). Vegas is fresh off an overtime loss to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, and the Canucks find themselves in a position to try and extend their winning streak to 3 games in a row.

The Golden Knights have been one of the NHL’s top teams to start the season, and enter play 5th in the league with a 3.58 goals per game average. Defensively, they rank 4th with a 2.47 goals against per game average. Vegas owns the league’s 16th-best power play at 21.1%, and 20th-best penalty kill at 76.6%.

The Canucks haven’t been as fortunate, and they sit 8th in scoring at 3.44 goals per game, 30th with a 3.89 goals against per game. On special teams their power play is 4th best in the league at 29.7%, and they have the 2nd to worst PK in the league with a successful kill rate of just 65%.

Tonight’s matchup is the first of three games between Vegas and Vancouver, and after tonight’s contest the two sides will meet again on November 26.

Players of Note

Vancouver Canucks

Leading Scorer: Elias Petterson — 9-13-22 in 18GP

Top Goal Scorer: Bo Horvat — 14 goals in 18 GP

Best Goalie: Spencer Martin — 4-1-1, .898 SV%, 3.49 GAA

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Jack Eichel — 10-12-22 in 19GP

Top Goal Scorer: Jack Eichel — 10 goals in 19 GP

Best Goalie: Logan Thompson — 9-3-0, .925 SV%, 2.27 GAA

With those out of the way, here is a projected lineup for both sides.

Vegas Golden Knights

Chandler Stephenson — Jack Eichel — Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

Paul Cotter — Mike Amadio— Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Brett Howden — Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague — Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson

Vancouver Canucks

Conor Garland — Bo Horvat — J.T. Miller

Andrei Kuzmenko — Elias Pettersson — Ilya Mikheyev

Nils Hoglander — Sheldon Dries — Brock Boeser

Dakota Joshua — Nils Aman — Curtis Lazar

Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Ethan Bear

Quinn Hughes — Luke Schenn

Riley Stillman — Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

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