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Morning Skate Report: November 7, 2019

Golden Knights head north of the border to visit Maple Leafs

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-2) make their second stop of a four-game swing as they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-3) Thursday at 4 p.m. PT at Scotiabank Arena.

NOTES
Thursday's game is the first of two meetings this season between Vegas and Toronto. The Maple Leafs won both matchups in 2018-19.

Jonathan Marchessault will play in his 300th NHL game Thursday night.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas opened its week-long trip Tuesday night in Columbus with a 2-1 victory against the Blue Jackets. Reilly Smith scored both goals for the Golden Knights while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29-of-30 shots in the winning effort.

VGK LEADING SCORERS
Smith took over the team-lead in goals (9G) with his two-goal performance Tuesday night in Columbus. Mark Stone's 18 points (8G, 10A) still pace the team in total scoring. William Karlsson notched an assist on each of Smith's two tallies last game and that has given the Marsta, Sweden native a team-high 12 assists through 16 games.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Be the 104th win in franchise history

- Give the Golden Knights a 2-0-0 record through two games on their trip

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Toronto will play the second game of a three-game homestand Thursday night against the Golden Knights. To open that stretch, the Maple Leafs skated to a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Auston Matthews (1G, 1A) and William Nylander (1G, 1A) led the way for the home team. Captain John Tavares returned from injury in that game but did not record a point.

Matthews has scored a team-best 12 goals through 16 games and leads the club in overall scoring with 18 points. Mitchell Marner has 17 points (3G, 14A) and defenseman Morgan Rielly has chipped in 15 points (3G, 12A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Bring Running Shoes: Toronto has scored the fifth-most goals in the NHL (55) but has allowed the sixth-most goals in the league (52). Their tendency to get into track meets leads to high offense for both teams so the Golden Knights will look to either shut the Maple Leafs down or be ready to outscore them by the end of the night.

Keep Rolling On The Road: Vegas is 1-for-1 on this four-game trip. Going 2-for-2 guarantees at least a split on the road and can be a springboard for long-term success.

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