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Morning Skate Report: January 14, 2020

Golden Knights open road trip in Buffalo

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (24-18-6) open a four-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres (20-19-7) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT at KeyBank Center.

NOTES
Tuesday's game is the first between Vegas and Buffalo this season. The Golden Knights and Sabres split their season series in 2018-19 with the home team winning each contest.

Vegas is opening a four-game trip against Atlantic Division opponents on Tuesday that will lead into the All-Star break.

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

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 119th win in franchise history

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Buffalo has slipped out of playoff position with 47 points in 46 games. The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games and rank fifth in the Atlantic Division.

Jack Eichel has been dominant for the Sabres with 59 points (27G, 32A) in 45 games. Sam Reinhart (36 points) and Victor Olofsson (35 points) have been bright spots on the Buffalo attack.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Change of Scenery: Head coach Gerard Gallant called the team's seven-game homestand "too long." That stretch is over, and Vegas needs to use the different surroundings as a catalyst to make up lost ground.

The First Goal: The Golden Knights are four games removed from their last game-opening goal. The team is 1-3-0 in that stretch. The first goal is huge in Buffalo.

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