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Preview: Golden Knights Start Road Trip in Columbus Hoping To Get Back on Track

The Vegas Golden Knights (16-6-1, 33 points) are back on the road, where they’ve enjoyed quite a bit of success this season, looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets (7-12-1, 15 points) will attempt to stop them and also snap a two-game skid of their own.

This is the first of two meetings between both squads, and the final contest will take place months from now on March 19th at T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights are led up front by Jack Eichel (26 points in 23 games), but have a very solid supporting cast which has them scoring 3.57 goals per game (7th-best in NHL), and only surrendering 2.65 goals against per game (7th-best in NHL).

The Blue Jackets sit 24th in the league with a 2.90 goals per game average, and 31st with a 4.20 goals against average. In terms of special teams, their power play is clicking at 16% which is 3rd-worst in the league. They also have a middling PK unit, and it ranks 20th coming in with an efficiency of 77.6%. Vegas respectively has the 20th-ranked PP unit at 21.2%, and 24th ranked PK unit at 73.7%.

Players of Note

Columbus Blue Jackets

Leading Scorer: Johnny Gaudreau — 7-13-20 in 20 GP

Top Goal Scorer: Booner Jenner — 8 goals

Best Goalie: Daniil Tarasov — 2-3-0, .906 SV%, 3.46 GAA

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Jack Eichel — 11-15-26 in 21GP

Top Goal Scorer: Jack Eichel — 11 goals

Best Goalie: Logan Thompson —11-4-0, .920 SV%, 2.48 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 — Nicolas Roy— Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Jake Leschyshyn — Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague — Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau — Booner Jenner — Gustav Nyquist

Yegor Chinakhov — Cole Sillinger — Carson Meyer

Kent Johnson — Jack Roslovic — Trey Fix-Wolansky

Eric Robinson — Sean Kuraly — Mathieu Olivier

Vladislav Gavrikov — Marcus Bjork

Jake Christiansen — Erik Gudbranson

Gavin Bayreuther — Andrew Peeke

Joonas Korpisalo

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