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Morning Skate Report: January 11, 2020

Golden Knights conclude homestand against Blue Jackets

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (24-17-6) look to close out a seven-game homestand with a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets (21-16-8) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas and Columbus come together for the final time in 2019-20 on Saturday night.

The Golden Knights recalled forward Keegan Kolesar from the Chicago Wolves on Friday night. Vegas also reassigned Nicolas Roy to Chicago.

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LAST TIME OUT
Vegas endured its second defeat in a row when it fell to Los Angeles, 5-2, on Thursday night. Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights, but it was not enough to overcome a 4-0 hole dug in the first period.

SEASON SERIES
When the Golden Knights visited the Blue Jackets on Nov. 5 to open a four-game trip, Vegas left with two points after a 2-1 victory. Smith scored both goals for the visitors while Boone Jenner lit the lone lamp for Columbus.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 119th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a season-sweep against the Blue Jackets

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Blue Jackets have been floating around the playoff bubble 50 points through 45 games this season. Columbus sits two points behind Philadelphia for fifth in the Metropolitan Division. Vegas is the last stop on a four-game road trip that's seen the team go 2-1-0.

Pierre-Luc Dubois paces Columbus in scoring with 33 points (14G, 19A) in 45 games. Gustav Nyquist is the only other 30-point (10G, 21A) scorer so far this season for the Blue Jackets. Zach Werenski (15G, 13A) and Seth Jones (4G, 20A) have been producing steady offense from the blueline.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Start: Vegas is three games removed from its last satisfactory first period when the Golden Knights put up four goals in the opening 20 minutes against Philadelphia. All signs point to the team needing to find its legs to have success on Saturday.

The Finish: In their last three games, the Golden Knights have been outscored by a total count of 9-0 in the first period but have outscored opponents 10-4 in the final two periods and overtime in that stretch. Combining a strong start and solid finish is something Vegas has been missing but will need against Columbus.

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