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Morning Skate Report: January 7, 2020

Golden Knights host Penguins for final matchup of the season

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights (24-15-6) seek their fifth win in a row on home ice as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins (25-12-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas and Pittsburgh come together for the final time in 2019-20 on Tuesday. The Golden Knights are 1-0-0 against the Penguins this year.

The game is the Golden Knights' last Tuesday home game until March 2.

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On Saturday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights came back from a three-goal deficit to win for the first time in franchise history as they erased a 3-0 St. Louis Blues lead to win, 5-4 in overtime. Ryan Reaves and Paul Stastny scored in the second period before Nicolas Roy tied the game in the third. Reilly Smith gave Vegas a 4-3 lead, but David Perron tied the game for St. Louis with 7:10 to play. In overtime, Chandler Stephenson buried the game-winning goal on a breakaway to seal the victory for Vegas.

In their only prior matchup this season, the Golden Knights skated to a 3-0 victory against the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 19. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his first win in Pittsburgh as a member of the Golden Knights. Stastny netted a power-play goal in the second period before William Karlsson and Mark Stone added empty-net tallies.


  • Be the 119th win in franchise history
  • Give Vegas its first five-game win streak of the year

Pittsburgh opens a three-game trip in Vegas on Tuesday. The Penguins suffered a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last outing Sunday night at home. With 55 points in 42 games, Pittsburgh ranks second in the Metropolitan Division.

The Penguins have dealt with a slew of injuries that currently sees the team without 2020 NHL All-Star selection Jake Guentzel and captain Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin leads the active roster in scoring with 39 points (11G, 28A) with Bryan Rust close behind at 34 points (17G, 17A).

Hometown Heroics: During Vegas' four-game win streak on home ice, different players have stepped up to lead the Golden Knights to victory. The "next man up" mentality has worked for the team and will be important Tuesday against Pittsburgh.

Special Teams: With the significant injuries Pittsburgh has endured, the team's power play has dropped to 22nd in the league at 17.6 percent. Vegas on the other hand ranks ninth with 22.2 percent of power plays yielding a goal. If the game turns into a track meet, the Golden Knights' recent success on the man advantage could be the difference.

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