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Morning Skate Report: February 8, 2020

Vegas returns home to face Hurricanes on Chinese New Year Night

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights (28-21-7) return home after eight games on the road to host the Carolina Hurricanes (31-20-3) during the team's Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas returns to T-Mobile Arena for its first home game since Jan. 11. The game will be head coach Pete DeBoer's first home game with the Golden Knights.

Saturday's game is the final matchup between Vegas and Carolina this season. The Golden Knights topped the Hurricanes, 4-3, on Jan. 31 in Carolina.

The Vegas Golden Knights will be celebrating Chinese New Year at T-Mobile Arena. Players will wear specialty jerseys that feature their last names in Mandarin during warmups and the jerseys will be sold during the game on the concourse. Fans can stop by The Arsenal at City National Arena and The Armory at T-Mobile Arena to pick up exclusive VGK Chinese New Year themed gear. The team will have multiple activations inside T-Mobile Arena and on Toshiba Plaza to celebrate the day including a Wishing Wall and traditional Chinese New Year elements incorporated in the March to the Fortress and throughout the in-game entertainment experience.

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The Golden Knights ended their road trip with an exclamation point as they defeated the Florida Panthers, 7-2, on Thursday night at BB&T Center. Mark Stone led the way with five points (2G, 3A) as Vegas exploded for four goals in the third period to seal the victory.


  • Mark the 124th win in franchise history
  • Be the DeBoer's fifth win with the Golden Knights and first on home ice

Recent success has put the Golden Knights in striking distance of the top spot in the Pacific Division. Vancouver maintains the lead with 65 points while Vegas sits two points back at 63 points in 56 games. Edmonton (62 points), Arizona (61 points) and Calgary (60 points) round out the rest of the Pacific's teams sitting in playoff position as of Feb. 8.

After falling to the Golden Knights, 4-3, on Jan. 31, Carolina has picked up four more points in the standings with a 2-1-0 record in three games. The Hurricanes opened their current four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in St. Louis before topping the Arizona Coyotes, 5-3, on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

Teuvo Teravainen has continued his solid scoring pace with 52 points (11G, 41A) in 54 games. Andrei Svechnikov is the only other 50-point man (22G, 28A) on the team with Sebastian Aho not far off at 49 points (29G, 20A).

Bring the Momentum Home: Vegas had its strongest offensive output of the season on Thursday in Florida. A carry-over effort from that game will provide the punch the Golden Knights are known for on their home ice.

New Digs: DeBoer will make his home debut on the Golden Knights bench on Saturday. The team will do all it can to make his first impression from the home bench at The Fortress a positive one.

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