Preview: Phil Kessel Skates In 1,000th Consecutive Game Tonight

The Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-0, 26 points) have hit a small skid losing two in a row after winning nine in a row, and tonight they take on the Arizona Coyotes (6-8-1, 13 points). Phil Kessel will be skating in his 1,000th consecutive game, and he does so against the team he played for last season.

Vegas continues to be an offensive force and has scored 61 goals, they’ve allowed 42 against, and they have slid to third in the league with a .765 points percentage. Arizona has scored the second-fewest goals in the league at 40, they’ve allowed 54 against, and sit 26th in the league with a .433 points percentage.

Tonight’s matchup is the first of three games between Vegas and the Yotes, and after tonight’s contest the two sides will meet again on December 21. 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

Paul Cotter — Brett Howden — Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague — Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson

Arizona Coyotes

Clayton Keller — Barrett Hayton — Travis Boyd

Matias Maccelli — Nick Bjugstad — Lawson Crouse

Nick Ritchie — Jack McBain — Christian Fischer

Liam O’Brien — Laurent Dauphin — Dylan Guenther

Jusso Valimaki — J.J. Moser

Shayne Gostisbehere — Josh Brown

Patrik Nemeth — Troy Stecher

Karel Vejmelka

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