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Morning Skate Report: November 27, 2019

Golden Knights take on Predators to close out trip

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (11-11-4) head to the music city in search of a win against the Nashville Predators (11-9-3) on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. PT at Bridgestone Arena.

NOTES
The Golden Knights and Predators will meet for the second time this season Wednesday night. Nashville earned the win in their meeting on Oct. 15, 5-2.

Vegas recalled goalie Garret Sparks on an emergency basis from the Chicago Wolves.

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LAST TIME OUT
On Monday night in Dallas, the Golden Knights endured their third consecutive loss as the Stars came out on top, 4-2. Shea Theodore and Paul Stastny connected for Vegas, but the Golden Knights failed to close the gap in the third period.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 106th win in franchise history
  • Snap the Golden Knights' three-game losing streak

SEASON SERIES
After taking a 2-1 lead in the first period of their contest on Oct. 15, the Golden Knights surrendered four goals in the final two periods as they fell to the Predators, 5-2. Mark Stone and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas while Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino led the way for Nashville with one goal and one assist each.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Nashville enters Wednesday's game on a two-game win streak that the team hopes will correct a 3-6-1 mark in their last 10 contests. The Predators have 25 points through 23 games on occupy the fifth spot in the Central Division standings. They earned a two-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues in a home-and-home series during their most recent outings.

Captain Roman Josi tops the scoring charts for the Predators with 22 points (7G, 15A) in 23 games. Defenseman Ryan Ellis has recorded 18 points (3G, 15A) while forwards Filip Forsberg (10G, 7A) and Matt Duchene (6G, 11A) have each racked up 17 points.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Play with Fire: Coach Gerard Gallant has been talking all week about his team needing to find its fire again. A game against a struggling Nashville team could be the opportunity the Golden Knights need to ignite.

Come Home Happy: The Golden Knights will host Arizona on Friday. Before that, the team will celebrate Thanksgiving and there's no better way to head home for the holiday than with a win.

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