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Morning Skate Report: December 8, 2019

Golden Knights and Rangers wrap up season series

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

After claiming a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers (14-11-3) on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the Vegas Golden Knights (15-11-5) host the Blueshirts for the final time during the regular season Sunday at 4 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Sunday's game is the second and final matchup between the Golden Knights and Rangers during the 2019-20 regular season. Vegas won their only other matchup, 4-1.

Chandler Stephenson will appear in his first home game as a Golden Knight since being acquired last Monday from the Washington Capitals.

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

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights carried a four-game win streak to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to take on the New York Islanders on Thursday. Goals from Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault helped Vegas reach overtime, but a late goal from Ryan Pulock gave the win to the home team on Long Island.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas and New York collided on Dec. 2 during the first game of the Golden Knights' three-game trip to the New York area. Tuch scored two goals in the first four minutes against the Rangers to set the tone for a 4-1 victory for the Golden Knights.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 110th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a season sweep of the Rangers

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Since facing the Golden Knights on Monday night, the Rangers split a back-to-back with a win against Columbus and a loss to Montreal. With 31 points in their column, the Rangers rank sixth in the Metropolitan Division.

Artemi Panarin continues to cruise for New York with 34 points (13G, 21A) in 28 games. Ryan Strome (6G, 18A) and Tony DeAngelo are the only other two Rangers who have hit the 20-point mark so far this season.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Fast First Frame: Vegas had one of its best starts to a game of the season at Madison Square Garden last week. That carried them to the win, and they'll look to have a similarly strong start on Sunday.

Keep It Rolling: Vegas has strung together a five-game point streak dating back to the 4-3 win in overtime against Nashville on Nov. 27. Now's a great time to put even more points in the bank.

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