With a tri-state area sweep in their sights, the Vegas Golden Knights (15-11-4) take on the New York Islanders (18-6-2) on Thursday at 4 p.m. PT at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Golden Knights assigned goalie Garret Sparks to the Chicago Wolves on Tuesday. Marc-Andre Fleury rejoined the team on Long Island and Gerard Gallant confirmed that he will back up Malcolm Subban against the Islanders.
Vegas and New York share the ice for the first time this season Thursday. The Golden Knights swept their two-game season series with the islanders last year.
Vegas is playing at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time in franchise history. The Golden Knights had played their two previous road games against the Islanders at Barclays Center.
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LAST TIME OUT
On Tuesday night in New Jersey, Chandler Stephenson scored his first goal as a Golden Knight, but Vegas trailed 2-1 heading into the third period against the Devils. Jonathan Marchessault recorded a natural hat trick to give Vegas a 4-2 lead in the third period and the visitors held on for a 4-3 triumph.
A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Mark the 110th win in franchise history
- Give the Golden Knights their first five-game win streak of the season
- Make Vegas 1-0-0 all-time at Nassau Coliseum
After rattling off a 16-game unbeaten streak, the Islanders have come back to earth with just two wins in their last five games. They sit second in the Metropolitan Division with 38 points behind league-leading Washington.
Mathew Barzal's 24 points (11G, 13A) lead the Islanders through 26 games. Brock Nelson (20 points), Josh Bailey (18 points), Anthony Beauvillier (17 points) and Derick Brassard (17 points) have created a balanced attack for New York.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Head Home Happy: Vegas has an opportunity to finish off the trip with a 3-0-0 mark. That kind of road trip can spell long-term success for any team and the Golden Knights will have their eyes set on one last win in New York.
Forecheck Success: With the insertion of Stephenson's speed in the Vegas lineup, the team's forecheck overwhelmed the Devils on Tuesday night. The Golden Knights will want to keep that rolling on Long Island.