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Morning Skate Report: June 10, 2021

Golden Knights can close out Avalanche on home ice

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to advance as they host the Colorado Avalanche for Game 6 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round series on Thursday at 6 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

Colorado is without forward Nazem Kadri who is serving the final game an eight-game suspension he received in the first round.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: NBCSN
Radio: FOX Sports Las Vegas 98.9/1340 (pregame show at 5 p.m.)

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
In accordance with CDC guidelines, fans that are vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask or face covering while inside the Fortress. Fans will not need to complete a health questionnaire through CLEAR upon entry. No bags are permitted inside T-Mobile Arena, including small purses & clutches. Fans are encouraged to come to the area around T-Mobile Arena early and stay late to avoid traffic and gather with fellow fans before the game.

Additionally, The Golden Knights Express is in operation for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Click here for transportation information from the RTC.

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas erased a two-goal deficit to defeat the Avalanche, 3-2, in overtime in Game 5 on Tuesday night at Ball Arena. After Brandon Saad and Joonas Donskoi scored to give Colorado the lead, Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault scored three minutes apart to tie the game early in the third period. Mark Stone netted the game-winning goal 50 seconds into overtime to give Vegas the 3-2 series lead.

THE SERIES SO FAR
Game 1: Avalanche 7, Golden Knights 1
Game 2: Avalanche 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)
Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2
Game 4: Golden Knights 5, Avalanche 1
Game 5: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

PLAYOFF LEADERS: VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
William Karlsson: 10 points (3G, 7A)
Jonathan Marchessault: 8 points (6G, 2A)
Mark Stone: 8 points (5G, 3A)
Mattias Janmark: 7 points (3G, 4A)
Reilly Smith: 6 points (2G, 4A)

PLAYOFF LEADERS: COLORADO AVALANCHE
Nathan MacKinnon: 13 points (8G, 5A)
Gabriel Landeskog: 12 points (4G, 8A)
Mikko Rantanen: 12 points (4G, 8A)
Cale Makar: 9 points (2G, 7A)

2020-21 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
In their eight regular season matchups, the Golden Knights and Avalanche each picked up four wins. Vegas outscored Colorado, 18-17, during the season series but was outshot, 242-226 through the eight games. The Golden Knights saw their power play click at 16.7 percent against the Avalanche while Colorado's man-advantage unit was successful just 4.8 percent of the time.

Max Pacioretty led all players in the head-to-head series with eight points (6G, 2A). Mark Stone was second on the Golden Knights in scoring against the Avalanche in the regular season with six points (1G, 5A). Nathan MacKinnon also had six points (2G, 4A) in those eight contests to lead Colorado against Vegas.

SCOUTING REPORT
After winning the President's Trophy on a tiebreaker in the regular season, the Avalanche drew a first-round series matchup with the St. Louis Blues. Colorado ran through the Blues in a four-game sweep but lost forward Nazem Kadri after he was suspended for a high hit. Nathan MacKinnon exploded for nine points (6G, 3A) in four games against the Blues to lead Colorado. Gabriel Landeskog had eight points (2G, 6A) and Mikko Rantanen had seven points (1G, 6A) as the Avalanche advanced to the second round.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Honda West Division
No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights (Golden Knights lead, 3-2)

Scotia North Division
No. 3 Winnipeg Jets vs. No. 4 Montreal Canadiens (Canadiens won, 4-0)

MassMutual East Division
No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 4 New York Islanders (Islanders won, 4-2)

Discover Central Division
No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning (Lightning won, 4-1)

VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM SCRATCHES
Stay tuned to the Golden Knights on Twitter for updates on the lineup.

KEYS TO THE GAME PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
Keep Rolling at Home: When the Golden Knights defeated Minnesota in Game 7 of the first round at T-Mobile Arena, the team clinched a playoff series on home ice for the first time in franchise history. Vegas has another opportunity to do that against the Avalanche on Thursday.

Be Desperate: Colorado's only three losses of the postseason have come this series. The Avalanche have their backs against the wall for the first time and it's unlikely they'll roll over without a fight.

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