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Morning Skate Report: March 1, 2020

Golden Knights take aim at nine in a row

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (36-22-8) have an opportunity to make history as they go for a franchise-record ninth consecutive victory against the Los Angeles Kings (23-35-6) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas recalled forward Brandon Pirri from the Chicago Wolves on Saturday.

Pete DeBoer said that Mark Stone is out with a lower-body injury and is still being evaluated.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: NBCSN
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

LAST TIME OUT
Robin Lehner picked up a win in his Golden Knights debut as Vegas topped Buffalo, 4-2, on Friday night. Reilly Smith netted two goals while Nicolas Roy and William Karlsson each potted one goal as the team won its eighth game in a row.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 132nd win in franchise history
  • Establish a new franchise record for consecutive wins with nine

INSIDE THE STREAK
After falling to the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 11, the Golden Knights returned to T-Mobile Arena with a five-game homestand ahead of them. Vegas opened the homestand with a 6-5 overtime victory against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 13 before earning a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Feb. 15. The Golden Knights collected a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 17 before claiming their fourth win in a row against Tampa Bay. The homestand concluded with a 5-3 victory against the Florida Panthers to bring the streak to five and Vegas followed it up with a 6-5 win against Anaheim one night later. The Golden Knights won their seventh game in a row Wednesday night with a 3-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers and eighth in a row Friday in a 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres.

STATE OF THE PACIFIC
The Golden Knights (80 points) hold a four-point lead in the Pacific Division. Edmonton (76 points) and Vancouver (74 points) remain close behind in divisional playoff position. The Calgary Flames (73 points) occupy the first wildcard spot in the west while the Arizona Coyotes (72 points) are on the outside looking in.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Don't Look Too Far Ahead: It's easy to get excited about bigger things when you're in playoff position when the calendar hits March. For the Golden Knights, taking each day as it comes will be a short-term and long-term key to success.

Next Man Up: With Stone expected to miss his second game in a row, the team will need players to step up.

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