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Golden Knights At Avalanche: 3 Keys To The Game

The game will be aired on the NHL Network and Fox Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM at 6:00 PM PT

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When the Golden Knights take on the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night in Denver, the game will have a far different complexion than Sunday's 9-4 win in Vancouver.

Where on Sunday, the Golden Knights elected to dress mostly prospects, Vegas will be leaning on many of its veterans tonight. Most of these players will be part of the Golden Knights' roster for the regular season.

Here are three keys to tonight's game.

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1. This is where we start seeing what the Golden Knights are all about

On Sunday, the stars in the Golden Knights' win were Tyler Wong, Tomas Nosek and Cody Glass.

While all of these players - especially Glass - have the opportunity to be a large part of the Golden Knights' future, none of them will be in tonight's lineup.

David Perron, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, Deryk Engelland, Colin Miller, Jon Merrill and many others all, however, should be important pieces for this season.

So as impressive as the team's young talent was on Sunday in Vancouver, how tonight's game goes will be a far greater indicator of what kind of team the Golden Knights will have this season.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Gerard Gallant speaks on the decision to play veterans tonight vs. @Avalanche.


2. Shipachyov debuts

One player without any NHL experience playing tonight is Vadim Shipachyov. Unlike the inexperienced players that played in Vegas' first preseason game, Shipachyov seems like to be the team's first line center this season.

Shipachyov is 30, but has never played a professional game in North America before. Instead, he's been dominating Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, outscoring the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk this past season.

Vegas rolled the dice by signing Shipachyov to a two-year contract with a $4.5 million AAV in May, counting on his game translating to the NHL.

After much discussion, the curtain lifts tonight as we see Shipachyov's first North American game.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Gallant says Vadim Shipachyov will center a line with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault in his North American debut tonight.


3. Not the team's main goalies yet

Prospect Dylan Ferguson started on Sunday, while Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace, two players under contract who seem likely to start the season in the AHL, dress in Denver.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Gallant adds that Maxime Lagace will start in goal, and that Oscar Dansk could see some time in relief.


Traditionally, veteran goalies play only a couple games in the preseason. Which with five preseason games after tonight, suggests that Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard will probably carry the load most of the rest of the way.

For now, however, it'll be a good indication of what level of goaltending the AHL Chicago Wolves will start the season with. And what sort of talent Vegas will have waiting in the pipeline.

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