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Morning Skate Report: December 23, 2019

Vegas and Colorado collide before Christmas

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (20-13-6) will hit the ice one more time before the Christmas break as they host the Colorado Avalanche (22-11-3) on Monday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights and Avalanche will meet for the second time of the 2019-20 season Monday night. It will be the final tilt between the two teams at T-Mobile Arena this year.

Vegas is riding a five-game point streak dating back to Dec. 13. The Golden Knights are 4-0-1 in that stretch.

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

LAST TIME OUT
On Sunday night in San Jose, the Golden Knights wrapped up their Fathers Trip with a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. Paul Stastny, Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault each found the back of the net for Vegas as the Golden Knights won their final meeting with the Sharks of the season.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas and Colorado met on Nevada Day back in October for their first matchup of the season. The Avalanche laid it on thick with a 6-1 victory at T-Mobile Arena.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 115th win in franchise history
  • Extend the team's point streak to six games

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Colorado has its foot solidly in playoff position through 36 games with 47 points and the No. 2 spot in the Central Division. Though the Avalanche have lost three of their last four games, the team still boasts a 6-3-1 record in the last 10.

Nathan MacKinnon has been far-and-away the top threat on the Avalanche with 53 points (21G, 32A) in 36 games. Rookie defenseman Cale Makar's 28 points (8G, 20A) are the most among Colorado blueliners while Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi are tied for second on the team in goals with 13 tallies each.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Have a Happy Holiday: There's no better way to head into the holiday break than with a win. It's as simple as that.

Actually, it's not as simple as that: Vegas will have its work cut out with Colorado's potent offense. The Avalanche scored on the Golden Knights six times on Nevada Day and Vegas will have to keep an eye on Colorado's entire lineup, not just the top line. Vegas will have its work cut out with Colorado's potent offense. The Avalanche scored on the Golden Knights six times on Nevada Day and Vegas will have to keep an eye on Colorado's entire lineup, not just the top line.

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