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Morning Skate Report: February 18, 2019

The Golden Knights take on the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Fresh off a 5-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Colorado Avalanche at 6 p.m. Monday at Pepsi Center. The game will run on AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340.

NOTES
Monday marks the final road game in February for the Golden Knights.

Vegas won the only previous game against Colorado this season. Monday's game is the second of three games between the Golden Knights and Avalanche this season.

LAST TIME OUT
In their final regular season matchup against the Nashville Predators, Vegas emerged with a commanding 5-1-win Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. Max Pacioretty opened and closed the scoring as he put up his fourth two-goal game of the year. Oscar Lindberg potted two points (1G, 1A) while Brandon Pirri netted the game-winning goal during the second period. Malcolm Subban stopped 29 of 30 shots in goal.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas and Colorado will play their second game of a three-game season series Monday. In their only prior meeting, Paul Stastny and Brandon Pirri scored to lift the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory against the Avalanche on Dec. 27 at T-Mobile Arena.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
February has been unkind to the Avalanche as they enter Monday's game with a record of 1-5-2 this month. Colorado ranks sixth in the Central Division with 57 points and a record of 23-24-11. They are three points behind the Minnesota Wild for a wild card spot.

Mikko Rantanen (76 points) and Nathan MacKinnon (75 points) lead the offensive charge for the Avalanche as they remain among the top scorers in the NHL this season. Gabriel Landeskog has scored a team-high 30 goals while Tyson Barrie (40 points) paces the Colorado defensemen in scoring.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...

  • Mark the 84th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a 3-2-0 road record in February

KEYS TO THE GAME
Counter Colorado's Speed: The Avalanche offense starts with Nathan MacKinnon and his speed. His ability to fly up the ice with the puck and make quick plays helps Colorado maintain a quick-strike offense.

Use The Width Of The Ice: Colorado succeeded in shutting down the middle of the ice in the defensive zone against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but lost the game because the Blues spread the play out to the wings. Vegas has dangerous scoring wingers who can capitalize in open ice.

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