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Morning Skate Report: December 27, 2019

Golden Knights return from break to face Ducks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (20-14-6) hit the midway mark of the season as they visit the Anaheim Ducks (15-18-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Honda Center.

NOTES
The Golden Knights and Ducks will meet for the second time in 2019-20 on Friday night. Vegas won their only prior matchup, 5-2.

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

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas had a forgettable loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena as the Golden Knights fell, 7-3. Ryan Reaves, Max Pacioretty and William Carrier scored for Vegas while former Golden Knight Pierre-Edouard Bellemare notched two goals for the visitors.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas and Anaheim met on Oct. 27 as the Golden Knights rolled to a 5-2 win at T-Mobile Arena. Goals from Mark Stone, Reaves, Nicolas Roy, William Karlsson and Paul Stastny lifted the Vegas offense as Marc-Andre Fleury only needed to make 13 saves in the win.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Mark the 115th win in franchise history
  • Be Vegas' sixth consecutive win against Anaheim

OPPOSITION UPDATE
December has been unkind to the Ducks as they've posted a 3-6-0 record with just one regulation win. They're tied for the bottom spot in the Pacific Division with 34 points in 37 games.

Jakob Silfverberg (13G, 12A), Rickard Rackell (10G, 15A) and Ryan Getzlaf (10G, 15A) are tied for the top scoring spot on the team with 25 points each. They've provided the bulk of the offense on a team that struggles to score.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Score Early: Anaheim has proved that they struggle to claw back into games after falling behind early. Vegas can cruise to victory with a strong first period.

Shake Off the Rust: The Golden Knights were not pleased with their effort on Monday against Colorado. The three-day gap between games should have provided enough rest to get back to playing a full 60-minute effort.

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