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Morning Skate Report: February 15, 2020

Vegas looks for second win in a row at home

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights (29-22-8) seek their second straight victory on home ice as they host the New York Islanders (33-17-6) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

Saturday's game is the second of a five-game homestand for the Golden Knights. Through one contest, Vegas is 1-0-0.

The Golden Knights and Islanders will conclude their two-game season series Saturday night.

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Jonathan Marchessault was the hero in a thrilling 6-5 overtime win for the Golden Knights against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. Max Pacioretty scored twice in the first period for Vegas, but St. Louis grabbed a 4-2 lead in the second. Goals from Marchessault and Nate Schmidt leveled the score, but the Blues regained the lead midway through the frame. Alex Tuch found the back of the net to tie the game at 5-5 before Marchessault sealed the game with his overtime heroics.

In their only prior meeting this season, New York pulled out a 3-2 victory in overtime at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Cal Clutterbuck and Brock Nelson scored in regulation for the Islanders while Tuch and Marchessault were Vegas' goal scorers through 60 minutes. Ryan Pulock buried the game-winning goal in overtime.

The Islanders have kept pace in the tight Metropolitan Division with 72 points in 56 games. They rank third behind Washington (79 points) and Pittsburgh (74 points). New York has put together a 4-2-1 record in February but suffered a 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

A balanced attack has been New York's bread and butter this season. Mathew Barzal is the team's leading scorer with 48 points (18G, 30A) while Brock Nelson paces the team in goals with 21. Josh Bailey (37 points), Anthony Beauvillier (36 points) Anders Lee (33 points) and Jordan Eberle (30 points) round out the Islanders' 30-point club.

Score the First Goal: Though the Golden Knights pulled out the win against St. Louis on Thursday, the goal they allowed just 25 seconds into the game didn't make it easy on them. Getting the first lead will be key for Vegas.

Keep the Shots Coming: Vegas had 52 shots on goal against the Blues on Thursday. The Islanders don't allow teams to pile up the shots as the Golden Knights did in their last game so the home team will have to take all the opportunities they can get.

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