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Morning Skate Report: May 18, 2021

Golden Knights look to tie series with Wild on home ice

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights look to rebound from a Game 1 loss as they host the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Minnesota leads the best-of-seven series, 1-0.

Game 2 will be played at T-Mobile Arena before the scene shifts to Minnesota for Game 3 and Game 4.

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 FESTIVITIES
The Vegas Golden Knights will partner with Immunize Nevada and Smith's Food and Drug to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Toshiba Plaza on Tuesday, May 18 before the team hosts the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. PT. Vaccines will be available from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. PT on Sunday.

All Nevadans that are at least 12 years old are able to participate on Sunday. Participants will receive a variety of team-branded items as part of the clinic including a hat and exclusive sticker. Masks must be worn at all times. To ensure the safety of all clinic attendees, all surfaces will be sanitized, and social distancing measures will be required.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Vegas Golden Knights have outlined specific safety protocols to ensure that all fans at T-Mobile Arena have a fun and safe experience. Please click here for safety protocols, information on the CLEAR app, mask policies and parking information.

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas mustered 42 shots on goal through 63:20 of elapsed time, but fell to Minnesota, 1-0, in overtime in Game 1 of the series on Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena. Joel Eriksson Ek was the hero for the Wild as he beat Marc-Andre Fleury (29 saves) on a wrist shot early in the extra session. Shea Theodore led the Golden Knights with five shots on goal while Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and Alex Pietrangelo each had four shots.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Mark Stone: Stone posted a team-high 61 points (20G, 41A) during the regular season.

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty led the team in goals with 24 and ranked second in points with 51.

Shea Theodore: Theodore paced all VGK defensemen with 42 points (8G, 34A).

Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault put up a solid 44 points (18G, 26A).

2020-21 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
The Golden Knights and Wild duked it out during their eight-game season series. Vegas came away with a 3-4-1 record with two wins on home ice and one at Xcel Energy Center. Three games during the season series went past regulation as the Golden Knights picked up two overtime wins and the Wild claimed one shootout victory.

Mark Stone led the Golden Knights in scoring against the Wild with 10 points (2G, 8A) in seven appearances in 2020-21. Alex Tuch (3G, 3A), Chandler Stephenson (2G, 4A) and William Karlsson (2G, 4A) each had six points against Minnesota this season.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Wild picked up the No. 3 seed in the Honda West Division with 75 points in the 56-game season. Minnesota stumbled in its final two games of the regular season as the Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues, 4-0, on May 12 and 7-3 on May 13. The Minnesota power play clicked at a 17.6 percent success rate which ranks 24th in the NHL. The Wild have a middle-of-the-road penalty kill with an 80.8 percent efficiency.

Minnesota's offense flows through 24-year-old rookie Kirill Kaprizov who led the team with 51 points (27G, 24A) in 55 games. Kevin Fiala posted an even 40 points (20G, 20A) to finish second on the team in scoring. Jordan Greenway piled up a team-high 26 assists. Cam Talbot was the go-to guy in goal for the Wild this season with a 19-8-5 record, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Honda West Division
No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 4 St. Louis Blues (Avalanche lead, 1-0)
No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 3 Minnesota Wild (Wild lead, 1-0)

Scotia North Division
No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 4 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied, 0-0)
No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Winnipeg Jets (Series tied, 0-0)

MassMutual East Division
No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 4 New York Islanders (Islanders lead, 1-0)
No. 2 Washington Capitals vs. No. 3 Boston Bruins (Series tied, 1-1)

Discover Central Division
No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators (Hurricanes lead, 1-0)
No. 2 Florida Panthers vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning (Lightning lead, 1-0)

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

KEYS TO THE GAME PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
Break Through: Cam Talbot made an exceptional 42 saves in Minnesota's victory in Game 1. The Golden Knights tested Talbot throughout Game 1, but they'll need to start disconnecting the kitchen sink to have everything ready to throw his way in Game 2.

Stay Strong Defensively: The Golden Knights were stingy in their defensive zone on Sunday against the Wild. It took Minnesota more than 60 minutes to score the game's only goal, so a similar defensive effort will help Vegas on Tuesday.

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