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Morning Skate Report: December 19, 2019

Golden Knights visit Canucks to kick off Fathers Trip

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (18-13-5) lay their three-game win streak on the line as they visit the Vancouver Canucks (16-14-4) at 7 p.m. at Rogers Arena.

NOTES
Thursday's game is the first of the team's two-game Fathers Trip. Players will have their dads and other prominent male figures in their lives with them during the two-stop trip to Vancouver and San Jose.

In four Fathers Trip games during two seasons, the Golden Knights are a perfect 4-0-0.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas notched its third consecutive victory Tuesday night with a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena. After falling behind 1-0, Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore found the back of the net during the second period to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 edge. Tomas Nosek padded the lead in the third period, and, despite a late Minnesota goal, Vegas came away with the 3-2 victory.

SEASON SERIES
Only one game separates the last meeting between Vegas and Vancouver as the teams came together at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. The Golden Knights picked up a 6-3 win in that game fueled by Max Pacioretty's four-point showing (2G, 2A).

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 114th victory in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights their second four-game win streak of the season

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Vancouver enters Thursday's game on a three-game slide. They maintain fifth place in the Pacific Division with 36 points in 34 games. Since falling to the Golden Knights on Sunday, the Canucks dropped a 3-1 decision to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Forward Elias Pettersson has clicked at a point-per-game pace with 35 points (14G, 21A) in 35 games. J.T. Miller (32 points) and Brock Boeser (31 points) round out the Canucks' top scoring line. Rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes has piled up 26 points (2G, 24A) from the Vancouver blueline.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Do it for the Dads: Vegas (knock on wood) hasn't lost a game with all the dads in attendance. They'll look to keep that streak going in Vancouver.

Sunday All Over Again: The Golden Knights played a complete game Sunday against the Canucks. Scoring came from up and down the lineup and the team played to its identity. A repeat of that performance should spell success north of the border.

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