Preview: Golden Knights Take on Leafs in Penultimate Game of Road Trip

The Vegas Golden Knights (11-2-0, 22 points) have won seven games in a row, and are firing on all cylinders. The Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-2, 16 points) have won three games in a row on the heels of having lost four games in a row, and will face a true test against the NHL’s top team from the Western Conference.

Vegas has scored 46 goals, has allowed 27 against, and currently tied for first in the league with a .846 points percentage. Toronto has scored 37 goals, allowed 34 against, and is 12th in the league with a .615 points percentage.

Tonight’s matchup is the second and final matchup between the two sides, as the Golden Knights were victorious 3-1 during October 24th’s contest at T-Mobile Arena.

From a head to head perspective, the Golden Knights and Maple Leafs have some similarities in terms of special teams, but overall Vegas has been a much better offensive team with the Maple Leafs not too far behind relatively in goals against.

A big x-factor of note for this game is goaltending, as injuries have resulted in Erik Kallgren being thrust into the starter’s net for Toronto, and it also resulted in Keith Petruzzeli signing an NHL deal to become the Maple Leafs’ backup. The Golden Knights are all too familiar with goaltending injuries, and thus far have been blessed with superior netminding from Logan Thompson and Adin Hill.

Here are some numbers of note for both teams, and how they compare in some key areas.

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

Mike Amadio — Brett Howden — Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague — Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson

Toronto Maple Leafs

Michael Bunting — Auston Matthews — Mitch Marner

Alex Kerfoot — John Tavares — William Nylander

Nicholas Robertson — Pierre Engvall — Calle Jarnkrok

Zach Aston-Reese — David Kampf — Denis Malgin

T.J. Brodie — Justin Holl

Morgan Rielly — Timothy Liljegren

Mark Giordano — Rasmus Sandin

Erik Kallgren

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