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Morning Skate Report: January 4, 2020

Golden Knights host defending-champion Blues on Saturday afternoon

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

In search of their fourth win in a row, the Vegas Golden Knights (23-15-6) take on the St. Louis Blues (26-10-6) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights will meet the defending Stanley Cup Champions for the second time of the season on Saturday afternoon. Vegas fell to the Blues, 4-2, on Dec. 12 at Enterprise Center.

Saturday's game is the fourth of a seven-game homestand for the Golden Knights. Vegas is 3-0-0 through the first three contests during the stretch.

FORTRESS INVITATIONAL
The Golden Knights hit the ice ahead of the championship game of the Fortress Invitational on Saturday. After Vegas and St. Louis share the ice, No. 12 Providence will square off against No. 2 Cornell in the championship game of the tournament. No. 20 Army West Point will take on No. 6 Ohio State in to decide the third-place finisher.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet (SAP Available)
Radio: FOX Sports Radio 98.9 | Deportes Vegas 1460

LAST TIME OUT
On Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights churned out a gutsy 5-4 win against the Philadelphia Flyers to improve to 3-0-0 on the homestand. Vegas received first period goals from Max Pacioretty (2G), Shea Theodore (1G, 1A) and Jon Merrill (1G) during an intense opening 20 minutes that saw the home team take a 4-2 lead. Cody Glass potted his fifth goal of the season in the second period and the Golden Knights held off a comeback bid from the Flyers for the 5-4 victory.

SEASON SERIES
Goals from Max Pacioretty and William Carrier allowed the Golden Knights to skate out to a 2-1 lead in the first period in their last meeting with St. Louis on Dec. 12 at Enterprise Center. The Blues flipped the script in the second period with three unanswered goals and held on for the 4-2 win.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 118th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a four-game win streak on home ice

OPPOSITION UPDATE
St. Louis used the first half of the season to take a healthy lead in the Central Division with 58 points in 42 games. After cruising to an eight-game win streak from Dec. 12-31 that started with the win against Vegas, the Blues have dropped two games in a row. On Thursday night at Pepsi Center, St. Louis endured a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Former Golden Knight David Perron paces the Blues with 40 points (16G, 24A) through 42 games. Jaden Schwartz (35 points), Ryan O'Reilly (35 points), Brayden Schenn (34 points) and Alex Pietrangelo (33 points) round out the team's top five scorers.

KEYS TO THE GAME
60-minute effort: A complete game is important to each matchup, but the lack thereof in the last meeting between these two teams was the reason Gerard Gallant cited for Vegas' loss. Bringing it for all three periods should spell success for the Golden Knights.

Keep the killer instinct: During the three wins on the homestand so far, Vegas has done different things to cement themselves in the winner's column. Whether it's extending a lead or defending it, the Golden Knights will need to dig deep once again for another win.

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