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Morning Skate Report: March 15, 2019

Golden Knights make only trip to Dallas of 2018-19

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights conclude their season series with the Dallas Stars as the teams meet at 5 p.m. PT at American Airlines Center. Fans can tune into AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 for the action.

NOTES
Friday's game is the final matchup between Vegas and Dallas this season. The Golden Knights own the season-series lead with a 2-0-0 record.

Vegas catches the Stars in the second game of a back-to-back for Dallas.

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas had its six-game win streak come to an end Sunday night at ScotiaBank Saddledome in a 6-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. Brandon Pirri, Reilly Smith and Mark Stone hit the back of the net for Vegas, but it wasn't enough as Matthew Tkachuk led the Flames to victory with his first NHL hat trick.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas has picked up two wins in two games at T-Mobile Arena against Dallas this season. On Dec. 9, goals from Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson, Alex Tuch and Smith propelled the Golden Knights to a 4-2 win. On Feb. 26, Max Pacioretty scored twice en route to a 4-1 win. The Golden Knights won both games in Dallas during the 2017-18 season.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Dallas has enjoyed a strong second half to the season that sees them in third place in the Central Division through 70 games. The Stars have 79 points and a mark of 37-28-5.

Tyler Seguin has been the offensive rock for the Stars this season as he's accumulated 65 points (27G, 38A). Alexander Radulov has missed time due to injury this season, but still ranks second on the club with 56 points (22G, 34A) in 58 games. The tandem of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin in net has combined for team goals-against average of 2.30.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...

  • Be the 90th win in franchise history
  • Give the Golden Knights a season sweep against the Stars

KEYS TO THE GAME
Smart Defense: When Dallas topped Minnesota 4-1 on Thursday night, the Stars scored two of their goals on deflections and one on a rebound. It's important that Vegas reacts to initial chances from Dallas while also minding the follow-ups.

Use Rest To Own Advantage: The Golden Knights last took the ice Sunday night in Calgary. A week of practices and rest is beneficial in the long run for Vegas, but it needs to make sure it doesn't start Friday's game complacent.

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