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Morning Skate Report: January 12, 2019

Golden Knights open two-game trip in Chicago

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights embark on a two-game road trip as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at United Center. Fans can tune in to AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 for the action.

Fans in Vegas are encouraged to head to City National Arena for a Skate N' Watch party during the game. Click here for more information

NOTES
Saturday's game is the last regular season matchup between Vegas and Chicago this season. The Golden Knights are 2-0-0 in their two prior meetings.

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights had their seven-game win streak snapped by the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. Tomas Nosek and Jon Merrill scored for Vegas, but two quick goals in the third period lifted the Sharks to a 3-2 victory.

SEASON SERIES
On Nov. 27 at United Center, the Golden Knights posted a franchise-record eight goals in an 8-3 win against the Blackhawks. Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore each scored two goals while Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves in the win. Sixteen days later, third-period goals from Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch helped the Golden Knights overcome a 3-2 deficit for a 4-3 victory against the Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Chicago has skated to a 1-2-2 record since the turn of the calendar. With a record of 16-22-8, the Blackhawks are last in the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference.

Despite a lack of wins, Patrick Kane has scored at a rapid pace with 58 points (24G, 34A) in 45 games. Jonathan Toews ranks second on the Blackhawks in scoring with 40 points (18G, 22A).

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...
Be the 79th win in franchise history
Give the Golden Knights a 5-1-0 record in January

KEYS TO THE GAME
Start Fresh: No win streak lasts forever. Vegas needs to make sure the team turns the page after ending its seven-game heater and get ready to return to the winning ways.

Stay Strong On The Road: In their last seven road games, the Golden Knights have piled up a record of 5-1-1. Vegas is known for its prowess at home, but their play on the road of late has helped them climb the Pacific Division standings. They'll need another strong road effort Saturday in Chicago.

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