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Morning Skate Report: December 22, 2019

Golden Knights finish Fathers Trip with tilt in San Jose

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

In the final game of the team's two-game Fathers Trip, the Vegas Golden Knights (19-13-6) visit the San Jose Sharks (16-19-2) on Sunday at 7 p.m. at SAP Center.

NOTES
Sunday's game marks the final game the Golden Knights will play against the Sharks this season.

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

LAST TIME OUT
On Thursday night in Vancouver, the Golden Knights came up a goal short against the Canucks in a 5-4 decision in overtime. Vegas erased two separate two-goal deficits to force overtime as the team collected a point for the fourth game in a row. Reilly Smith, Nick Holden, Mark Stone and Jonathan Marchessault each found the back of the net in the contest.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas has a 2-0-1 record against San Jose in three previous meetings this season. The Golden Knights defeated the Sharks 4-1 on the first day of the season at T-Mobile Arena and followed that win up with a 5-1 triumph two days later at SAP Center. In their most recent matchup, San Jose found the difference-maker in overtime for a 2-1 victory in the extra session in Las Vegas.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 114th win in franchise history
  • Round out an undefeated regular season against San Jose

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The 2019-20 season has been far from a dream for the Sharks as they occupy seventh place in the Pacific Division with 34 points in 37 games. San Jose enters Sunday's action on a two-game losing skid including a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on home ice Saturday night.

Captain Logan Couture has kept up a solid scoring pace with 32 points (11G, 21A) in 37 games. Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane share the team's lead in goals with 14 markers apiece.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Send the Dads Home Happy: The Golden Knights spent all weekend with their fathers after Thursday's game against Vancouver. Puck drop marks the shift from fun to business and the team wants to win this one for the dads.

Strong Third Period: In their loss to the Blues on Saturday, the Sharks crumbled in the third period after skating to a 2-2 tie through two periods. Vegas has shown late-game prowess in their recent contests and that may prove to be extra valuable at the Shark Tank.

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