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Morning Skate Report: December 17, 2019

Golden Knights host Minnesota before hitting the road

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (18-13-5) look to make it three in a row as they host the Minnesota Wild (16-13-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas will take on Minnesota for the first time in 2019-20 on Tuesday. Last year, Minnesota won two of the three games between the teams.

Max Pacioretty was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday. He posted eight points (5G, 3A) in four games for the Golden Knights including the game-winning goal in overtime Friday night in Dallas.

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

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas picked up a statement 6-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena. Pacioretty notched four points (2G, 2A) in the win while Shea Theodore collected three assists from the back end. Valentin Zykov scored his first goal at home as a Golden Knight.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 113th win in franchise history
  • Snap a two-game losing streak against Minnesota

OPPOSITION UPDATE
After a sluggish start to the season, the Wild have turned it on and are three points out of a wild card spot with 37 points in 34 games. They've won seven of their last 10 games, but fell in their most recent matchup with Chicago, 5-3.

Eric Staal leads the Wild in scoring through 34 games with 26 points (12G, 14A). Jason Zucker sits two points back of Staal with 24 points (12G, 12A) while Ryan Suter rounds out their 20-points scorers with 22 points (3G, 19A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Depth on Display: Each player on Vegas' top-three lines collected at least one point on Sunday against the Canucks. Showing off the depth only helps the team on the scoreboard each night.

Neutral Zone Speed: Minnesota is a tactical team that doesn't give other teams much ice to work with when the game moves at their pace. If Vegas can dictate the pace using their speed, especially in the neutral zone, the Wild will have to chase the Golden Knights around the ice.

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