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Morning Skate Report: February 26, 2020

Golden Knights search for seventh in a row against Oilers

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights (34-22-8) open a four-game homestand as they take on the Edmonton Oilers (33-22-7) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights acquired goalie Robin Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Malcolm Subban, Slava Demin and a 2020 second-round pick.

Vegas also acquired forward Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2021 fourth-round pick.

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Vegas picked up a dramatic 6-5 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night at Honda Center. William Karlsson notched his third career hat trick while Shea Theodore netted the game-winning goal in overtime.


- Mark the 130th win in franchise history
- Give the Golden Knights their first seven-game win streak since winning seven straight games from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 8, 2019

After falling to the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 11, the Golden Knights returned to T-Mobile Arena with a five-game homestand ahead of them. Vegas opened the homestand with a 6-5 overtime victory against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 13 before earning a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Feb. 15. The Golden Knights collected a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 17 before claiming their fourth win in a row against Tampa Bay. The homestand concluded with a 5-3 victory against the Florida Panthers to bring the streak to five and Vegas followed it up with a 6-5 win against Anaheim one night later.

Vegas owns the top spot in the Pacific Division with 76 points through 64 games. Vancouver (74 points) and Edmonton (74 points) sit closely behind the Golden Knights while Calgary (72 points) and Arizona (70 points) continue to fight for positioning in the division.

Connor McDavid has six points (1G, 5A) in two games since returning from injury Sunday in Los Angeles. The Oilers are 1-0-1 since his return and rank third in the Pacific Division with 74 points in 63 games.

Leon Draisaitl is on the cusp of becoming the first 100-point scorer this season as he's accrued 99 points (37G, 62A) through 63 games. McDavid has missed some time but still has 87 points (31G, 56A) in 57 games. They rank first and third in the NHL in scoring, respectively.

Stop the Train: Draisaitl and McDavid combine to form a locomotive that can light up a scoreboard but, when they're kept in check, the offense can lack for Edmonton. If the Golden Knights can mark those men, it will make a lot of jobs easier.

New Faces: In the days leading up to the trade deadline, the Golden Knights welcomed three new players to their roster. Martinez has chipped in since his start in Vegas and Wednesday's game could be the first opportunity for Cousins and Lehner to show what they bring to their new team.

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