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Morning Skate Report: November 5, 2019

Golden Knights open road trip in Ohio against Blue Jackets

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights (8-5-2) open a four-game road trip as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-6-3) on Tuesday night at 4 p.m. PT at Nationwide Arena.

Vegas recalled forward Nicolas Roy and defenseman Nicolas Hague from the Chicago Wolves on Monday morning.

The Golden Knights and Blue Jackets come together for the first time in the 2019-20 schedule Tuesday night. Columbus won both matchups between the teams last season.

Mark Stone will play in his 400th NHL game Tuesday night. 

Join your fellow Vegas Golden Knights fans at the official team watch party at Nacho Daddy at 9560 W Sahara Ave.

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In their last game, the Golden Knights skated out to a 3-1 lead in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets on home ice. Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty and Nate Schmidt scored to get Vegas going early in the game, but two late goals from the Jets forced overtime. Kyle Connor connected to give Winnipeg the 4-3 win, but the Golden Knights escaped with a point.

Mark Stone sits tied for ninth in the NHL in scoring with 18 points (8G, 10A). William Karlsson and Max Pacioretty have each collected 10 assists through 15 games. Reilly Smith's seven goals are second most on the team behind Stone's eight.

Columbus enters Tuesday's game hungry for a win. The Blue Jackets had back-to-back games during the weekend and came away with just one point. After falling in overtime to St. Louis on Friday, Columbus was shutout by Calgary, 3-0.

With the departures of Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel in the offseason, the Blue Jackets have had to explore other avenues for offense. Pierre-Luc Dubois is the team's leading scorer with 10 points (6G, 4A). Seth Jones (1G, 6A), Cam Atkinson (3G, 4A) and Gustav Nyquist (2G, 5A) all rank second on the team in scoring with seven points each.

Silence The Cannon: The Blue Jackets are famous for the cannon they sound each time they score. If Vegas can quickly transition out of their own zone and prevent the Blue Jackets from establishing their forecheck, there will be fewer opportunities to sound the cannon.

Start The Trip Strong: A four-game trip can be a great source of momentum for a hockey team. If the Golden Knights can secure a win to start the trip, the tone will be set for a successful trip.

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