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Morning Skate Report: November 23, 2019

Golden Knights conclude home stand with game against Oilers

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (11-9-4) suit up for the final game of their four-game homestand as they take on the Edmonton Oilers (14-7-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas and Edmonton come together for the first time in 2019-20 on Saturday night.

The Golden Knights reassigned forward Nicolas Roy to the Chicago Wolves on Friday.

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LAST TIME OUT
Brayden McNabb scored the lone goal for the Golden Knights on Thursday night as Vegas dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime to the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights picked up one point in the game and their season record against San Jose flipped to 2-0-1.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 106th win in franchise history
  • Mark Vegas' first Saturday win since the 3-0 win against Pittsburgh on Oct. 19

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Oilers have been the class of the Pacific Division through 24 games as they lead the pack with 31 points. They've floated along with a 5-3-2 record in their last seven games, but the Oilers come to Vegas two days removed from a 5-1 loss the Los Angeles Kings.

The top duo in the NHL of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl has dominated the offense for Edmonton. Both players are tied atop the league-wide scoring leaders with 44 points on 16 goals and 28 assists each. McDavid's current nine-game point streak has seen him pile up 21 points (10G, 11A) while Draisaitl had a 13-game, 28-point tear snapped against Los Angeles on Thursday. Former Golden Knight James Neal has scored 13 goals in 24 games.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Obvious: Edmonton's game flows through their top two forwards. If Vegas can make life difficult on McDavid and Draisaitl, it will take out the bulk of the Oilers' offensive punch.

The Not-So-Obvious: A look at Edmonton's special teams' success would reveal their power-play prowess (1st in NHL) and their premier penalty kill (2nd in NHL). Strong 5-on-5 play will take the Oilers' special teams' advantage away from them.

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