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Morning Skate Report: December 31, 2019

Golden Knights close 2019 with game vs. Anaheim

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (21-15-6) round out the 2019 calendar with a matchup against the Anaheim Ducks (16-18-5) on Tuesday at noon at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights are hosting the Ducks for the final time this season on Tuesday. Vegas won its only prior meeting at T-Mobile Arena this season, 5-2, and is 1-1-0 against Anaheim in 2019-20.

Tuesday's game is the final game of 2019 for the Golden Knights.

Marc-Andre Fleury is one win away from becoming the sixth-winningest goalie in NHL history (455 wins).

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

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas claimed first place in the Pacific Division on Saturday with a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes. Mark Stone scored twice in the first period before Chandler Stephenson and Paul Stastny added insurance markers as Fleury tied Curtis Joseph for the sixth-most wins by a goaltender in NHL history.

SEASON SERIES
The Golden Knights cruised to a 5-2 win against Anaheim in their first meeting of the season on Oct. 27, but the Ducks answered with a 4-3 win at Honda Center on Dec. 27. Stone leads all Golden Knights in points against Anaheim this season with four points (1G, 3A) in two games.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 116th win in franchise history
  • Give Fleury sole possession of sixth all-time in wins by an NHL goalie (455)

OPPOSITION UPDATE
December has been unkind to the Ducks as they've posted a 4-6-1 record with just two regulation wins. Anaheim sits sixth in the Pacific Division with 37 points. Since defeating Vegas on Friday, the Ducks dropped a 2-1 game to the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime on Sunday.

Jakob Silfverberg (13G, 13A) leads Anaheim in scoring with 26 points while Rickard Rackell (10G, 15A) and Ryan Getzlaf (10G, 15A) rank second with 25 points each. They've provided the bulk of the offense on a team that has struggled to score.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Pick Up Where You Left Off: Vegas had a strong effort Saturday against the Coyotes after falling just short of a comeback against the Ducks on Friday. Starting off on the right foot will be key for the Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Early Start, Literally: The 12 p.m. start presents a challenge to both teams as they need to get up and get ready for the game. The team that has the better start in the unfamiliar conditions of such an early game should find two points at the end.

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