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Morning Skate Report: January 2, 2020

Vegas opens new year with matchup vs. Flyers

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (22-15-6) ring in 2020 by facing the Philadelphia Flyers (22-13-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights are 2-0-0 in the first game played following the turn of the calendar with a total score of 5-0 in those two games.

Vegas and Philadelphia conclude their season series Thursday. The Flyers skated to a 6-2 win against the Golden Knights on Oct. 21 at Wells Fargo Center.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas collected its second win in a row on Tuesday with a 5-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on New Year's Eve. Marc-Andre Fleury became the sixth-winningest goaltender in NHL history with his 455th victory. Jonathan Marchessault scored two unique goals as he put up a penalty-shot marker and an empty-net tally in the third period.

SEASON SERIES
In their only prior matchup this season, the Flyers notched a 6-2 win against the Golden Knights on Oct. 21 at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia beat Oscar Dansk five times before Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith could cut into the home team's lead. Michael Raffl recorded a three-point game against the Golden Knights with a goal and two assists.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Mark the 117th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a 3-0-0 record in games played in the New Year each season

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Philadelphia sits in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday's action. The Flyers rank fifth in the Metropolitan Division with 49 points through 40 games. Vegas is the fourth stop of a five-game western trip for the Flyers that's seen the team go 1-2-0 so far.

Travis Konecny, the team's All-Star Game representative, leads the team in scoring with 35 points (11G, 24A) in 37 games. Jakub Voracek (31 points) and Sean Couturier (30 points) are the only other two Flyers with 30 points on the year. Carter Hart has received the bulk of the starts for Philadelphia with a 13-8-3 record in 24 starts.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Be Ready from the Drop: The Flyers were almost run out of the building Tuesday when they allowed four first-period goals to the Los Angeles Kings. Vegas can bet on the Flyers being ready to have a stronger start on Thursday.

Stay Hot at Home: Thursday's game is the third of Vegas' seven-game homestand. The team is 2-0-0 so far and it's another opportunity to bank important points on home ice.

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