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Morning Skate Report: December 6, 2018

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

Fresh off their third consecutive home win, the Vegas Golden Knights host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. The game will air on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460.

Thursday's game is Vegas's second home game in a row. The Golden Knights have a record of 8-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena this season.

The Golden Knights skated to an 8-3 win against the Blackhawks on Nov. 27 as they set a franchise record for goals in a single game.

Chicago comes to Vegas for their second game of a back-to-back as the Blackhawks lost to the Ducks, 4-2, in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

In a rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, the Vegas Golden Knights overcame the Washington Capitals with a 5-3 win Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Ryan Reaves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Cody Eakin each scored goals to match two from Jakub Vrana and one from Alex Ovechkin as the 3-3 hockey game entered the final two minutes of the game. Nate Schmidt scored a power-play goal with 1:25 remaining and added an empty-netter to lift the Golden Knights to victory against his former team.

Be the 67th win in franchise history
Mark the second three-game win streak at home for Vegas this season
Increase the Golden Knights' win streak vs. Chicago to five games

The Golden Knights are on a three-game win streak at home. It's their second such streak of the season.

Vegas is yet to lose to Chicago in its history. The Golden Knights have an all-time record of 4-0-0 against the Blackhawks, including an 8-3 win Nov. 27.

Special Teams: On paper, the Golden Knights have a significant advantage in special teams play. Vegas' power play ranks 15th in the league while Chicago's is last in the NHL. The Golden Knights have the third-best penalty kill while the Blackhawks have the third-worst. A victory can be in the cards for Vegas if they use these inefficiencies from Chicago to their advantage.

Be Prepared: After the high margin of victory achieved by the Golden Knights in their last meeting with the Blackhawks, they can expect Chicago to try to flip that script. They have to be ready for Chicago to come ready to score some goals.

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