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Morning Skate Report: January 21, 2020

Vegas wraps up road trip in Boston

by Kelli Pfiffner @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (25-19-7) head to Boston for their final game before the bye week to take on the Boston Bruins (28-10-12) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT at TD Garden.

NOTES
The Golden Knights have yet to drop a regulation game under the direction of new bench boss Pete DeBoer. The team took home two points in his coaching debut against the Ottawa Senators, and one point in a shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty each look to extend their two-game point steaks.

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WATCH PARTY
Join the official Vegas Golden Knights watch party at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grille inside Harrah's Las Vegas starting at 4 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas fell to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night, 5-4, after climbing out of a four-goal hole and forcing OT in the final minutes of the third frame. Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty each added to their goal counts, but former Golden Knight Tomas Tatar was credited with the game-winner in the shootout.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 120th win in franchise history
  • Give Marc-Andre Fleury sole possession of the fifth spot for most all-time victories by a goaltender, if he starts in goal
  • Place Vegas in the W-column against Boston for the first time this season

OPPOSITION UPDATE
In the tight race that is the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins (28-10-12) have managed to hold tight to the second place slot with 68 points and are tied for second in the league with the St. Louis Blues. They have an eight-point cushion on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division.

Despite its overall strong standing, Boston has surrendered a three-goal lead two times in their last four games, lineup staples Tuukka Rask and David Krejci are on the IR list and steady goal-scorer Brad Marchand has found the back of the net just three times in the last 21 games.

David Pastrnak holds the league-lead in goals with 37 tallies in 50 games. Marchand ranks second on the team in scoring with 65 points (21G, 44A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Start Strong & Stay Strong: Vegas' first-period performance has been a constant topic of conversation since the start of the new year. It needs to grab hold of the lead and find ways to stay ahead, like they did on Thursday against the Senators.

End On A High Note: This has been a rollercoaster of a road trip for the Golden Knights. Finishing strong would boost morale, and it's the team's last chance to leave a lasting impression on head coach Pete DeBoer before the bye week.

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