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Morning Skate Report: April 10, 2019

Round 1 Game 1: Golden Knights at Sharks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights look to draw first blood in their opening round series against the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. PT Wednesday at SAP Center. Fans can catch the game locally on AT&T SportsNet, out of market on NBCSN, or listen on FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460.

NOTES
Wednesday's game is the first of a best-of-seven between the Golden Knights and Sharks.

Vegas has an all-time record of 3-1 during the first game of a playoff series.

The Golden Knights defeated the Sharks in six games during the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

FAN FESTIVITIES
The Golden Knights will host official road game watch parties at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center presented by the D Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 10 for game one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Admission is free for first-come-first-served areas. Fans at Wednesday's event will view the game on a 72-foot screen with stadium sound. Activities include a shooting cage with on-site food trucks and beverages. To elevate the viewing experience, guests can reserve premium tables that hold 4-12 people.

INSIDE THE SERIES
In four games during the regular season, the Golden Knights compiled a 2-1-1 record against San Jose. Vegas opened the season series with a bang on Nov. 24 in a 6-0 win at T-Mobile Arena. The Sharks answered on Jan. 10 when they churned out a 3-2 win in their final regular season matchup at T-Mobile Arena. Reilly Smith was the catalyst for Vegas on March 18 when he posted four points in a 7-3 Golden Knights victory at SAP Center. In their final tilt of the campaign on March 30, Brent Burns netted the overtime winner as San Jose picked up a 4-3 win on home ice.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Ignore The Noise: A lot can swirl around the opening game of a playoff series. Vegas has been preaching that it needs to just worry about its own game to be successful. That will be put to the test Wednesday night.

Make Life Hard For San Jose: The Golden Knights will put an emphasis on being difficult to play against with and without the puck. Smart decisions on offense coupled with finishing checks on defense will frustrate the Sharks and will favor the Golden Knights.

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