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Morning Skate Report: November 29, 2019

Golden Knights host Coyotes on Gold Friday

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Fresh off a thrilling win against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights (12-11-4) hit their home ice against the Arizona Coyotes on Gold Friday at 3 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Vegas and Arizona collide for the second time this season with the Golden Knights searching for their first head-to-head win.

GOLD FRIDAY
The Arsenal and The Armory will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Gold Friday. VegasTeamStore.com, various retail deals available will be available to fans worldwide starting at 8 a.m. PT. VGK Authentics, the Golden Knights' new authentication program, allows fans to purchase game-used equipment and memorabilia at The Arsenal, The Armory and VegasTeamStore.com. Items for sale through VGK Authentics include warmup jerseys from the team's Nevada Day, Hockey Fights Cancer, Día de Muertos and Military themed games.

The Arsenal at City National Arena
The first 500 fans at The Arsenal will receive a free poster of the Golden Knight upon entry.

Fans at The Arsenal will be greeted by members of the VGK Cast, including Chance and the Golden Knight.

New items will debut at The Arsenal including custom Vegas Golden Knights themed bikes, cornhole sets, "ugly" holiday sweatshirts, line of women's wear by The Wild Collective, puck holders, car stickers, golf balls and stocking stuffers. The exclusive set of Smith's player patches will also be for sale, as well as limited-edition Marc-Andre Fleury posters commemorating his spectacular save made against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, November 19. 450 posters will be available on Gold Friday, in celebration of his 450-win milestone.

Members of the VGK Broadcast Team including Gary Lawless, Stormy Buonantony, Daren Millard and Jesus Lopez will be on site serving as guest Arsenal employees and assisting shoppers.

The Armory at T-Mobile Arena
The Armory will expand into Toshiba Plaza from 8 a.m. PT until 8 p.m. PT with fresh offerings in men's, women's, and youth apparel, accessories, headwear, and holiday items. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and hot cocoa until 11 a.m. PT. The Armory will also debut VGK Customs - an activation where fans can design their own t-shirt, sweatshirt, or denim jacket.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet (SAP Available)
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

Stay tuned after the game on AT&T SportsNet for a new episode of Knight Life.

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights pulled off a dramatic win Wednesday night as they defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-3, in overtime at Bridgestone Arena. Mark Stone and Reilly Smith gave Vegas a 2-0 lead, but three straight Nashville goals had the Golden Knights down a goal with seconds to play. Max Pacioretty drilled home the game-tying goal with .3 seconds left and Paul Stastny delivered the overtime winner as Vegas turned a tough loss into a heroic win.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...

  • Be the 107th win in franchise history
  • Bring Vegas' season record against Arizona to 1-1-0

SEASON SERIES
The Coyotes picked up a 4-1 win against the Golden Knights on Oct. 10 in their only prior meeting this season. Shea Theodore scored the only goal for Vegas in that contest.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Arizona has forced its way into the conversation of the top teams in the NHL this season. With 33 points, the Coyotes rank second in the Pacific Division and sixth in the league. The team is on a three-game point streak entering Friday's matchup.

Scoring has come by committee for the Coyotes this season as Nick Schmaltz tops the team leaderboard with 19 points (4G, 15A). Clayton Keller (4G, 11A) and Alex Goligoski (2G, 13A) are tied for second on the team in scoring. Conor Garland's 10 goals are the most of any Arizona skater.

KEYS TO THE GAME
No Turkey Hangover: Both teams are coming off of Thanksgiving for the 3 p.m. puck drop. It will be key for the Golden Knights to turn the page on Wednesday's win and Thursday's holiday. Measuring Stick: The Coyotes have been among the class of the Pacific this season. If Vegas can churn out a win against them, it will prove that the Golden Knights are contenders in the division.

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