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
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
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
Feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the game.