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Morning Skate Report: June 16, 2021

Golden Knights look to add to series lead against Canadiens

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights look to take a 2-0 series lead as they host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 2 of their Stanley Cup Semifinals series on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas leads the best-of-seven series, 1-0. The winner of the series will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Golden Knights have won four consecutive games on home ice this postseason.

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 opened the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a 4-1 win against Montreal on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena. Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez, Mattias Janmark and Nick Holden scored for the Golden Knights as the team won its fifth consecutive game. Cole Caufield scored the lone goal for the Canadiens.

THE SERIES SO FAR
Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Canadiens 1

VEGAS' ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS
First Round: Vegas defeated Minnesota, 4-3
Second Round: Vegas defeated Colorado, 4-2

MONTREAL'S ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS
First Round: Montreal defeated Toronto, 4-3
Second Round: Montreal defeated Winnipeg, 4-0

PLAYOFF LEADERS: VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
William Karlsson: 12 points (4G, 8A)
Reilly Smith: 9 points (2G, 7A)
Jonathan Marchessault: 8 points (6G, 2A)
Mark Stone: 8 points (5G, 3A)
Max Pacioretty: 8 points (4G, 4A)
Alex Pietrangelo: 8 points (1G, 7A)
Mattias Janmark: 8 points (4G, 4A)
Shea Theodore: 8 points (1G, 7A)

PLAYOFF LEADERS: MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tyler Toffoli: 11 points (4G, 7A)
Nick Suzuki: 8 points (4G, 4A)
Joel Armia: 7 points (4G, 3A)
Eric Staal: 7 points (1G, 6A)
Corey Perry: 7 points (3G, 4A)

ALL-TIME VS. MONTREAL
Vegas and Montreal have met six times in the regular season since the Golden Knights joined the NHL in 2017. The Golden Knights have picked up just one win against the Canadiens in those six tries but have a 1-2-3 record. Jonathan Marchessault leads the Golden Knights with eight points (3G, 5A) against the Canadiens since 2017. Reilly Smith (3G, 4A) and William Karlsson (2G, 5A) each have seven points against Montreal since the inception of the franchise.

HOW MONTREAL GOT HERE
After snagging the final berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canadiens found themselves down 3-1 to the Scotia North Division champion Toronto Maple Leafs after four games. Montreal erased the series deficit with a pair of overtime wins and churned out a 3-1 win in Game 7 to advance to the second round. The Canadiens met the Winnipeg Jets in the second round who had just swept the No. 2 Edmonton Oilers in four games. Winnipeg found itself on the wrong side of a second-round sweep as the Canadiens beat them four times in a row to reach the third round for the first time since 2014.

STANLEY CUP SEMIFINALS
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens (Golden Knights lead, 1-0)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders (Series tied, 1-1)

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

KEYS TO THE GAME PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
Play Your Game: The first 10 minutes of Game 1 were a feeling out process for both teams. Vegas emerged from those opening minutes with a 1-0 lead and got to its game for the remainder of regulation. The Golden Knights will want to get right to their game off the hop.

Respond Quickly: After Montreal scored its first goal Monday night, it took the Golden Knights just 52 seconds to answer. Quick responses will prevent the Canadiens from gaining any momentum and allow Vegas to control the game.

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