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Morning Skate Report: December 10, 2019

Vegas and Chicago close season series Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (15-12-5) will conclude their regular season series with the Chicago Blackhawks (12-12-6) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights and Blackhawks square off for the final time in 2019-20 on Tuesday. Vegas is 1-1-0 against Chicago this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet (SAP Available)
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

VGK TOY DRIVE
Fans are asked to bring new and unwrapped toys for collection by Golden Knights significant others on Toshiba Plaza starting at 4:30 p.m. before the game. Cash donations will also be accepted. A limited number of Toy Drive posters will be handed out to fans that make a toy or cash donation.

All toys will be donated to CASA Foundation, a local organization that supports the needs of children in foster care in Clark County.

LAST TIME OUT
In their return to T-Mobile Arena from a three-game trip, the Golden Knights fell to the New York Rangers, 5-0, on Sunday evening.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas picked up a win in their first matchup against the Blackhawks in dramatic fashion on Oct. 21 as Nick Holden scored late in the game to tie the score at 1-1. Shea Theodore netted the shootout-winner as the Golden Knights snagged the extra point. Chicago battled back in their second meeting of the year at T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 13 as the visitors used five consecutive goals to take a 5-3 win.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...

  • Be the 110th win in franchise history
  • Give Vegas the upper hand in the season series vs. Chicago (2-1-0)

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Blackhawks have fallen to the bottom of the Central Division with 30 points in 30 games. They have picked up some steam in the last three games as they've collected five points. After sweeping a two-game trip that saw them beat Boston and New Jersey, the Blackhawks were topped by the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3, in a shootout at United Center on Sunday.

The Chicago offense has flowed through Patrick Kane once again this season as he leads the club with 36 points (14G, 22A) in 30 games. He's the only Blackhawk with more than 10 goals this season, but Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad are closing in on that mark with eight goals each.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Shut Down The Stars: When Vegas and Chicago last met, Kane and Dylan Strome each recorded three points in Chicago's 5-3 win. The Golden Knights will need to shut that duo down to prevent the Blackhawks from running up the score once again.

Get The First Goal: The Golden Knights outplayed the Rangers in the first 10 minutes Sunday, but their inability to net the first goal of the game saw them fall behind in the opening frame. Dominating the pace of play only matters when a team has a few goals to show for it.

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