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Morning Skate Report: March 8, 2020

Golden Knights look to bounce back in Calgary

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (37-24-8) continue their trek north of the border as they take on the Calgary Flames (36-26-7) on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT at ScotiaBank Saddledome.

NOTES
Vegas is playing its second game of a total five-game trip on Sunday. The Golden Knights are 0-1-0 on the trip so far.

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

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

- Be the 133rd win in franchise history
- Mark the Golden Knights' first win in Calgary since Jan. 30, 2018

STATE OF THE PACIFIC
The Edmonton Oilers have moved into a tie for first place with Vegas as both teams have 82 and identical 37-24-8 records. Calgary's recent success has it in third in the division with 79 points while Vancouver is tied for the top wildcard spot with 76 points.

20 GOAL CLUB
Through 69 games, the Golden Knights have four players with 20-or-more goals. Max Pacioretty is the team leader with 31 tallies while Reilly Smith (27G), Mark Stone (21G) and Jonathan Marchessault (20G) round out the club. Paul Stastny has 17 goals and William Karlsson is sitting on 15 goals and the two are looking to join the club by season's end.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Winners of three games in a row, the Flames enter Sunday's game trending in the right direction in the Pacific. Matthew Tkachuk is leading the team in scoring with 60 points (22G, 38A). Johnny Gaudreau (18G, 40A) and Elias Lindholm (29G, 25A) round out Calgary's 50-point scorers.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Stronger Start: Vegas came out flat against Winnipeg on Friday and they were unable to find their form because of it. The Golden Knights need to take the game shift-by-shift from the start.

Erase the Past: In their last three appearances in Calgary, the Golden Knights have been outscored 20-6. It's time to turn the tide at the Saddledome.

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