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Morning Skate Report: February 13, 2020

Golden Knights kick off homestand against St. Louis

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (28-22-8) gear up for a five-game stretch at home as they open the homestand against the St. Louis Blues (32-15-9) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Thursday's game is the first of a five-game homestand for the Golden Knights. Each of the five games will be the last time Vegas sees each that opponent for the rest of the season.

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

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 124th win in franchise history

SEASON SERIES
In their only visit to St. Louis this season on Dec. 12, the Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead in the first period but saw the lead vanish as the Blues scored three straight goals to win the game, 4-2. The teams met again at T-Mobile Arena on Jan. 4 and St. Louis picked up where it left off en route to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Goals from Ryan Reaves, Paul Stastny and Nicolas Roy brought the game back to even before Reilly Smith gave Vegas the lead. David Perron tied the game with less than eight minutes to go before Chandler Stephenson scored the game-winning goal at 3:01 of overtime.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
St. Louis holds the top spot in the Western Conference entering Thursday's action with 73 points in 56 games. The Blues have stumbled in their last 10 games with a record of 3-5-2 and maintain a one-point lead ahead of the Colorado Avalanche (72 points). After losing to the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars to close a brief homestand, St. Louis visited Anaheim, but the game was postponed in the first period after defenseman Jay Bouwmeester experienced a medical emergency which halted the game. General Manager Doug Armstrong provided an update that Bouwmeester is doing well and will remain at UC Irvine Medical Center rather than join the team in Las Vegas.

David Perron's 54 points (23G, 31A) lead the Blues through 56 games this season. Ryan O'Reilly leads the team in assists with 39 while Alex Pietrangelo leads all St. Louis defensemen with 44 points (13G, 31A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Expect the Blues' Best: The Blues are going to have Bouwmeester at the forefront of their minds on the ice Thursday. It can be expected that they'll play their best game for their teammate.

Bounce Back at Home: Vegas took a tough loss on the chin Tuesday night in Minnesota. Players have said that game was another wake-up call and will play Thursday's game after a long look in the mirror.

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