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Morning Skate Report: March 31, 2021

Golden Knights end homestand against Kings

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (24-8-1) continue their four-game homestand as they face the Los Angeles Kings (13-14-6) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights have a 14-2-1 record at home this season. That is the best home record in the Honda West Division and is tied for the second-most home victories by any team in the NHL.

Vegas has a 4-1-0 record against Los Angeles this year.

FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT
The Golden Knights will show their appreciation for the men and women of Las Vegas and across the country who serve as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, public safety, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and all first responders at the game Wednesday.

During warmups, the Golden Knights will be wearing custom First Responders Night jerseys that will be signed and available for purchase through an online auction. Warmup pucks will also be available for purchase. Fans can visit responder.givesmart.com or text "Responder" to 76278.

The auction will begin at 5:45 p.m. PT and conclude at the 10:00 minute mark of the third period. Items will be available the following week for pickup at City National Arena and can also be delivered. All proceeds will benefit the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and first responder efforts and initiatives in the Las Vegas community.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: NBCSN
Radio: FOX Sports Las Vegas 98.9/1340 (pregame show at 6 p.m.)
Fortress at Home: Facebook, YouTube and Twitch

LAST TIME OUT
Eleven different players recorded a point for the Golden Knights as they topped the Kings, 4-1, on Monday night. Reilly Smith, Tomas Nosek, Nic Hague and Alec Martinez found the back of the net for Vegas as they team won its fourth game against Los Angeles in five tries this season.

TOP PERFORMERS
Mark Stone: Stone has 23 points (8G, 15A) in his last 14 games and leads the team with 40 points (12G, 28A) on the year.

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty is the team's leading goal scorer with 18 goals to go with 15 assists.

Shea Theodore: Theodore is the team's top-scoring defenseman with 26 points (5G, 21A).

Alex Tuch: Tuch ranks second on the team in goals with 13 tallies.

Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault has chipped in with 25 points (9G, 16A).

2020-21 SEASON SERIES
The Los Angeles Kings visited the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7. Vegas opened that two-game series with a 5-2 win and closed the weekend with a 4-3 victory on Super Bowl Sunday. The Golden Knights took the third game of the season series, 4-2, on March 19, but LA answered with a 3-1 win on March 21. Vegas picked up a 4-1-win Monday night against the Kings to open this week's series. Max Pacioretty (2G, 4A) and Jonathan Marchessault (1G, 5A) lead all skaters in the head-to-head with six points (2G, 4A) in five games. Nic Hague (2G, 3A), Mark Stone (1G, 4A) and William Karlsson (2G, 3A) each have five points against the Kings this year.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Kings have fallen to sixth place in the Honda West Division with 32 points in 32 games. Los Angeles has lost two games in a row entering the series with Vegas. Anze Kopitar has been the most dominant King with 37 points (8G, 29A) while Drew Doughty has provided offense from the back end with 27 points (7G, 20A). Dustin Brown leads the team in goals with 14.

WESTERN ROUNDUP
Vegas Golden Knights (24-8-1), 49 points
Colorado Avalanche (22-8-4), 48 points
Minnesota Wild (21-10-2), 44 points
St. Louis Blues (16-13-6), 38 points
Arizona Coyotes (16-14-5), 37 points
Los Angeles Kings (13-14-6), 32 points
San Jose Sharks (14-16-4), 32 points
Anaheim Ducks (11-20-6), 28 points

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 Grinding: The Golden Knights will turn around after this game and get ready to face Minnesota at home on Thursday. The team will worry about that challenge when it comes and will keep its focus on LA on Wednesday.

Depth Scoring: Vegas has received increased contributions from Tomas Nosek, William Carrier and Ryan Reaves this month as the trio has combined for 15 points (6G, 9A). Pete DeBoer mentioned how depth scoring will be the difference in the postseason, so it's key that the Golden Knights are getting it now.

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