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Morning Skate Report: February 4, 2020

Golden Knights face Lightning for first time in 2019-20

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Fresh off back-to-back wins out of the bye week, the Vegas Golden Knights (27-20-7) take on the Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-5) at 4 p.m. PT at Amalie Arena.

NOTES
Vegas is playing its third game of a four-game trip Tuesday. The Golden Knights are 2-0-0 on this trip.

The Golden Knights and Lightning are yet to square off this season. Vegas had a 1-1-0 record against Tampa Bay last year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340

WATCH PARTY
Join the official Vegas Golden Knights Watch Party at Scooters Pub located at 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89118.

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights had what head coach Pete DeBoer called one of their most complete efforts since the start of his tenure in a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. Chandler Stephenson scored in the second period to get Vegas on the board before Nicolas Roy and Reilly Smith helped preserve the win in the third period.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 122nd win in franchise history
  • Give Vegas a 4-1-0 record all-time against Tampa Bay

OPPOSITION UPDATE
After a sluggish start to the season, the Lightning have struck in the Atlantic Division as they rank second with 69 points in 52 games. Tampa Bay came up with three wins on their four-game trip against Western Conference opponents from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 including a 3-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning in scoring with 61 points (24G, 37A) in 51 games. Steven Stamkos has put together a strong campaign with 56 points (23G, 33A) while Brayden Point rounds out their big-three with 46 points (18G, 28A).

STATE OF THE PACIFIC
Vegas's two-game win streak has lifted the Golden Knights into the No. 3 spot in the Pacific Division with 61 points. The Vancouver Canucks maintain their division lead with 65 points while the Edmonton Oilers rank second with 62 points. The Calgary Flames (60 points) and Arizona Coyotes (59 points) remain in playoff position as they occupy the first and second wildcard spots, respectively.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Beware the Power Play: Tampa Bay' power play ranks third in the NHL with a 25.3 percent efficiency. Vegas will have to keep its penalty box vacant as much as possible.

Lock Down Defensive Zone: The Golden Knights held the Predators to just 19 shots on Saturday night in the 3-0 win. They made life easy for Marc-Andre Fleury and another strong defensive effort could spell a third win in a row.

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