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Kings At Golden Knights: 3 Keys To The Game

The game starts at 7:00 PM (PT). It can be seen on TV on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD). The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

4:15 PM: T-Mobile Arena

Just caught up with our new in-arena hosts, who'll debut in their new jobs this evening.

Welcoming our fans to all of our home games will be Mark Shunock and Big D.

 

 

Shunock, who performs in Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, is an actor and former hockey player, originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Big D currently calls 95.5 The Bull (KWNR) his radio home right here in Las Vegas. Previously, he was the In-Game Host for the Minnesota Swarm, who used to be members of the National Lacrosse League.

We're really excited to have them aboard here with the Golden Knights. We hope our fans get to know and enjoy them as well!

 

2:32 PM: T-Mobile Arena

Doesn't get much better than this, right?

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Sign pretty much says it all�� pic.twitter.com/jeybhX6o5X

 

This setup isn't bad, either. Allow for some live music to be played on Toshiba Plaza, just outside T-Mobile Arena, before games.

 

 

1:11 PM: City National Arena

Hear what a few of our players had to say about tonight's game against the LA Kings after this morning's skate.

 

Video: Theodore speaks about playing in first home game

 

Video: Colin Miller talks about VGK's first home game

 

Video: Oscar Lindberg will be in the lineup on Tuesday vs LA

 

11:14 AM: City National Arena

Our players just finished up on the ice a few minutes ago. As mentioned earlier, morning skate is more of a warmup than it is an actual practice. Very little instruction occurs during morning skate.

It's just to get players active and feeling good. It's also a great opportunity for media to interview players, away from the focus that often accompanies postgame scenarios.

Our players are speaking to some media -- a little larger of a contingent than usual -- right now and will head home. One of those players was James Neal, who's still recovering from a broken hand, but started practicing with teammates.

Neal broke his hand while playing for the Nashville Predators in the playoffs last year. Hear more from Neal.

10:36 AM: City National Arena

An old tradition in hockey is the morning skate. Most teams stage their morning skate, a brief warmup in the morning where players get their legs moving, at their home arena.

The Golden Knights will instead be hosting their morning skates at City National Arena, the team's practice facility. With most of the players living in the suburbs, this allows them to only have to drive to the Strip once per day.

Players prefer to go home and nap between morning skate and games. Holding morning skaters closer to where players live allows for an easier, more convenient game day routine for them.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: This is a huddle. It's Latin for round. pic.twitter.com/RybCqfhywh

 

Our morning skate is just now getting underway

 

3 Keys To The Game 

 

1. Home-Ice Advantage

Ever since it was announced that Las Vegas was getting an NHL team, there have been the jokes:

"Oh, that team is going to go undefeated at home!"

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The jokes, of course, being a nod to this city's nightlife, and the potential attractions that may keep other teams from fully focusing on the game.

 

Video: Golden Knights have inscribed the names into ice

 

While this is more grounded in humor than reality, while this game doesn't count in the standings, it will be the first time the Golden Knights are put to the test on home ice.

If this team is to make the playoffs this year, it will probably require an overwhelmingly positive record at T-Mobile Arena.

A strong performance Tuesday would be the first step for the Golden Knights to begin establishing this home-ice advantage.

 

2. Strongest Lineup Yet

After the team made another round of cuts, its roster is starting to take shape. And for the first time, the lineup the Golden Knights dress on Tuesday is predominantly made up of players who'll be on Vegas' regular-season roster.

RELATED: VGK logo, Las Vegas Star carved into T-Mobile red line

For the first time, the team's two goalies, Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard, will be in the lineup on the same night. Vadim Shipachyov, the probable first-line center, dresses for only the second time. He'll be centering a line between Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Game day has finally arrived in Las Vegas!More: https://t.co/A3SlaKid8n pic.twitter.com/JOvEPvjAGK

 

Nate Schmidt draws into the lineup for the second time, with many of the bubble players who played on Sunday in Anaheim having been sent to the AHL.

Gerard Gallant has stated that he hopes to use the final couple preseason games to solidify his roster. Those games have now come, and we can begin to see what the real Vegas Golden Knights are all about.

3. LA Kings Not Bringing Veterans

The Kings' lineup will feature very few of their veteran players, who spent most of the past week representing the NHL in China for exhibition games against the Vancouver Canucks.

With the Kings only having returned to LA the past couple days, they have elected to leave most of their veterans at home for this one.

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Marian Gaborik is expected to be in the lineup.

But other than that, don't expect most of the Kings' core to play in Vegas.

This game will feature many Golden Knights veterans against a lot of Kings of the future.

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