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Morning Skate Report: May 10, 2021

Golden Knights host Blues for final time in regular season

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (39-13-2) have a chance to clinch the Honda West Division and President's Trophy titles as they face the Colorado Avalanche (36-13-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas and Colorado are meeting for the eighth and final time this season. The Golden Knights are 4-3-0 in the season series.

Monday is Fan Appreciation Night at T-Mobile Arena. The team will hold a modified Jerseys Off Our Backs Ceremony after the game. The team's end of season awards will also be announced following the game.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet (pregame show at 6:30 p.m.)
Radio: FOX Sports Las Vegas 98.9/1340 (pregame show at 6 p.m.)
Fortress at Home: Facebook, YouTube and Twitch

LAST TIME OUT
Reilly Smith had his first NHL hat trick as the Golden Knights defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. Chandler Stephenson also scored for Vegas as it clinched home ice for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

TOP PERFORMERS
Mark Stone: Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 60 points (21G, 39A).

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty ranks second on the team with 51 points (24G, 27A).

Shea Theodore: Theodore is the team's top-scoring defenseman with 42 points (8G, 34A).

Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault has chipped in with 42 points (17G, 25A).

William Karlsson: Karlsson has moved up the team scoring chart with 38 points (14G, 24A).

2020-21 SEASON SERIES
Vegas has edged out Colorado so far this season with a 4-3-0 record. The Golden Knights skated to a 5-2 win in their most recent matchup with Colorado on April 28 at T-Mobile Arena to extend their win streak to 10 games. Mark Stone (1G, 2A) and Max Pacioretty (2G, 1A) each had three points in the win. Pacioretty has a team-high eight points (6G, 2A) against the Avalanche this year.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Avalanche enter Monday's game in second place in the Honda West Division with 76 points. Despite its four-point deficit to the Golden Knights, Colorado's hopes are still alive to win the division. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in scoring with 65 points (20G, 45A) in 47 games, but he has missed Colorado's last two games. Mikko Rantanen has had a strong campaign with 61 points (30G, 31A) while defenseman Cale Makar leads Colorado blueliners with 43 points (8G, 35A).

WESTERN ROUNDUP
x-Vegas Golden Knights (39-13-2), 80 points
x-Colorado Avalanche (36-13-4), 76 points
x-Minnesota Wild (35-14-5), 75 points
x-St. Louis Blues (24-20-9), 57 points
Arizona Coyotes (24-26-6), 54 points
San Jose Sharks (21-27-7), 49 points
Los Angeles Kings (21-26-6), 48 points
Anaheim Ducks (17-30-9), 43 points
x-clinched playoff spot
y- clinched division

VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM SCRATCHES
Stay tuned to the Golden Knights on Twitter for updates on the lineup.

KEYS TO THE GAME PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
Fan Appreciation: Monday is Fan Appreciation Night at The Fortress and the Golden Knights' faithful will be out in force to celebrate. The team will want to win for its fans.

Home Ice on the Line: Vegas would lock down home ice for the entire playoffs with a win Monday night. A win against Colorado carries that much more weight.

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