The Vegas Golden Knights (9-8-3) make the quick trip to southern California to take on the Los Angeles Kings (7-11-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT at Staples Center.
Saturday's tilt is the second of the year between Vegas and Los Angeles. The Golden Knights claimed a 5-2 win at Staples Center on Oct. 13.
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LAST TIME OUT
William Carrier and William Karlsson scored in the first period for the Golden Knights on Wednesday night, but Vegas dropped a 5-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Military Appreciation Knight.
In their first matchup of the season, the Golden Knights leaned on the gas pedal in a 5-2 win against the Kings. Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty scored in the opening frame for Vegas before Paul Stastny buried two power-play goals in the middle frame. Mark Stone pocketed a goal in the third period as Vegas picked up two points.
A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Be the 104th win in franchise history
- Give the Golden Knights a 2-0-0 record against the Kings this season
Los Angeles occupies the basement of the Western Conference standings with 15 points in 19 games. Things are looking up for the Kings as they've won two games in a row but are 3-6-1 in their last 10 outings.
Anze Kopitar's 21 points (7G, 14A) are tops on the team with Drew Doughty's 11 points (4G, 7A) in a distant second.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Late Scoring: The bulk of Vegas' scoring this season has come during the first period of each game. While strong starts are key against any team, the Golden Knights need to dig deep and find offense at all stages of the game.
Play With Speed: What the Kings lack in speed, they make up for with physicality. If the Golden Knights can out-skate Los Angeles, they'll have success in all three zones.