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Morning Skate Report: November 19, 2019

Golden Knights face Maple Leafs for final time in 2019-20

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (10-9-3) look for their second consecutive win during a four-game homestand as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-9-4) at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Tuesday's game is the final meeting of the season between Vegas and Toronto. The Maple Leafs picked up a 2-1 win in overtime against the Golden Knights on Nov. 7 in Toronto.

The Golden Knights reassigned forwards Nicolas Roy and Brandon Pirri to the Chicago Wolves on Nov. 17.
 

FORTRESS FOOD DRIVE
Fans attending 7 p.m. game on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena between the Golden Knights and the Maple Leafs are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the food drive presented by Nacho Daddy. Those who donate will receive an exclusive Chance poster. Please note poster quantities are limited.

Canned goods will be collected in Toshiba Plaza before the game by Golden Knights significant others. All collected items will be donated to Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada's only food bank that serves individuals and families at risk of hunger.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights saw their five-game losing streak come to an end Sunday afternoon as they picked up a 6-0 victory against the Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury registered his 58th career shutout while Nate Schmidt led all Vegas players with four points (4A). William Karlsson (2G), Max Pacioretty (1G), Paul Stastny (1G), Mark Stone (1G) and Cody Eakin (1G) all found the back of the net for the home team in the win.

SEASON SERIES
In their only other meeting this season, the Maple Leafs picked up a 2-1 victory in overtime against the Golden Knights on Nov. 7 at Scotiabank Arena. Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights to give them a 1-0 lead, but a late game-tying goal from Auston Matthews and an overtime strike from John Tavares sealed the win for Toronto.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Mark the 105th win in franchise history

- Earn a season-series split between the Golden Knights and Maple Leafs

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Since Vegas and Toronto last shared the ice on Nov. 7 at Scotiabank Arena, the Maple Leafs have gone without a win in five appearances (0-4-1). Toronto had a back-to-back last weekend and fell to the Bruins, 4-2, and Penguins, 6-1.

Matthews' 27 points (14G, 13A) lead the Maple Leafs through 22 games. Mitchell Marner's 18 points rank second on the team, but Toronto will be without his services as he's out long-term with a lower-body injury. William Nylander (8G, 9A) and Morgan Rielly (3G, 14A) have each compiled 17 points this season.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Watch The Weapons: Though the Maple Leafs are without Marner, there is still plenty of scoring punch in their top-six between Matthews, Tavares, Nylander and company. Keeping a watchful eye on Toronto's top scorers will be crucial Tuesday night.

Carry The Momentum: Vegas needed the six-goal showing it had against the Flames to emphatically break out of their slump. The Golden Knights still have work to do to make up for that stretch of winless hockey, so a repeat performance will be important in the short and long term.

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