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Morning Skate Report: March 6, 2020

Vegas hits the road to face Winnipeg

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (37-23-8) open a five-game road trip as they visit the Winnipeg Jets (34-28-6) on Friday at 5 p.m. PT at Bell MTS Centre.

NOTES
The Golden Knights are looking for their first win of the season against the Jets. Vegas fell to Winnipeg on Nov. 1 at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas recalled forwards Nicolas Roy and Brandon Pirri from the Chicago Wolves on Thursday.

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TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340

WATCH PARTY
Join the Golden Knights for an official Skate & Watch at City National Arena starting at 5 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights wrapped up their four-game homestand with a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Robin Lehner posted his first shutout as a Golden Knight while Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson and Ryan Reaves scored for the home team.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

- Be the 133rd win in franchise history
- Give the Golden Knights their first win against Winnipeg of the season

STATE OF THE PACIFIC
The Golden Knights' lead in the Pacific has shrunk to just two points as their 82 points rank just ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (80 points). The Calgary Flames (77 points) have leapfrogged the Vancouver Canucks (74 points) and the Arizona Coyotes (74 points) for third place in the division.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Winnipeg is one of four teams with 74 points in the Pacific Division, but they sit out of playoff position as of Friday morning. The Jets are coming off a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Mark Scheifele leads the club in scoring with 71 points (28G, 43A) with Kyle Connor just behind him at 70 points (35G, 35A). Captain Blake Wheeler has put up 61 points (21G, 40A) in 68 games.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Clear Fleury's Crease: The Jets are notorious for getting bodies to the net to make life difficult on opposing goalies. The Golden Knights will look to give Marc-Andre Fleury clear sightlines and prevent second-chance opportunities.

Clean First Period: A solid start will be clutch for the Golden Knights as they try to establish their rhythm against a tough opponent.

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