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Morning Skate Report: January 9, 2020

Golden Knights clash with Kings for first time of 2019-20 at The Fortress

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

In the penultimate game of a seven-game homestand, the Vegas Golden Knights (24-16-6) host the Los Angeles Kings (17-24-4) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Thursday's game marks the Kings' first visit to Las Vegas this season. The teams split their two previous meetings at Staples Center on Oct. 13 and Nov. 16.

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

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights had their four-game win streak snapped by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena with a 4-3 defeat. Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Reilly Smith found the back of the net for the Golden Knights in the loss.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas and Los Angeles have split the two games they've played this season at Staples Center. On Oct. 13, Paul Stastny recorded four points (2G, 2A) to lead the Golden Knights to a 5-2 win against the Kings in their first matchup of the season. When they met again a month later on Nov. 16, four different Kings scored to propel the home team to a 4-3 win. Pacioretty leads all Golden Knights skaters with five points (2G, 3A) in two games against the Kings this season.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Mark the 119th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a 2-1-0 record against the Kings this season

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Los Angeles has been paying rent in the basement of the Pacific Division with 38 points in 44 games. The Kings come into T-Mobile Arena on a three-game losing streak most recently extended by the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night in a 2-1 game in Los Angeles.

All-Star Anze Kopitar's 15 goals, 23 assists and 38 points are all team-highs through 44 games played. Drew Doughty has pitched in from the blueline with 26 points (6G, 20A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Start Fast, Stay Fast: Vegas didn't enjoy a fast start in its last two appearances. With the Kings' clunky style of play, they won't afford the Golden Knights too much space in either end zone. Speed in the neutral zone from the drop through the final horn will be key.

Protect The Net: Multiple players admitted to not protecting Marc-Andre Fleury enough in the team's last two games. Whether it's Fleury or Malcolm Subban between the pipes Thursday night, making life easy for the goalie will be a focus.

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