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Morning Skate Report: November 17, 2019

Vegas hits the ice Sunday afternoon against Calgary

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

In search of a much-needed win, the Vegas Golden Knights (9-9-3) host the Calgary Flames (10-9-3) on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas and Calgary collide for the second time in 2019-20 on Sunday. The Golden Knights won 6-2 in their previous meeting on Oct. 12 at T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights have dropped their last five games to tie a franchise-long losing streak.

Ryan Reaves will play in his 600th NHL game on Sunday afternoon.

All fans with a ticket to the game are invited to come early for the premiere of VALIANT, the documentary about the inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with the screening set to begin at 1:30. There will be free popcorn from 1-2 p.m. as well as free ice cream sundaes for kids. VGK Broadcaster Dave Goucher will lead a Q&A with Chairman & CEO Bill Foley, Executive Producer Virgil Price and Director Cruz Angeles. Fans are asked to sit in their ticketed seats for the screening and for warmups at 3:30. After the game, there will be food and beverage specials at Park MGM and New York New York, so fans are encouraged to stay in the Park area following the conclusion of the contest.

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

The Golden Knights made their final trip to Staples Center of the season Saturday as they visited the Los Angeles Kings. Vegas received goals from Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson, but the team lost to the Kings, 4-3.

In their only prior meeting of the season, the Golden Knights claimed a 6-2 victory against the Flames on Oct. 12 at T-Mobile Arena. William Carrier (1G, 1A), Mark Stone (1G, 1A) and Pacioretty (2A) each posted two points in the win.

- Be the 104th win in franchise history

- Snap a franchise-long five-game losing streak

The Flames find themselves in a similar situation to the Golden Knights as they've fallen in their last three outings. On Saturday night in Arizona, the Flames were shutout by the Coyotes in a 3-0 defeat.

Matthew Tkachuk's 20 points are the most of any Flame through 22 games. Johnny Gaudreau (18 points), Elias Lindholm (17 points) and Sean Monahan (17 points) have provided consistent scoring for Calgary. David Rittich has started 17 of Calgary's 22 games and has a record of 9-5-3 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.

Find The Positives: Gerard Gallant said there were a lot of positives to be found in Vegas' performance in Los Angeles on Saturday. It's time for the Golden Knights to take those positives and translate them into success.

Quick-Strike Offense: The Golden Knights have strayed from their tendency of quickly turning defense into offense. Looking for scoring chances off the rush could help Vegas catch Calgary napping in the neutral zone.

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