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Morning Skate Report: November 9, 2019

Vegas makes third stop on road trip in Washington

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-3) look to keep their four-game point streak alive Saturday night as they visit the Washington Capitals (12-2-3) at 4 p.m. PT at Capital One Arena.

Saturday's game is the first of two matchups between Vegas and Washington this season. Last year, the teams split their two-game season series with the home team winning each contest.

Join fellow Golden Knights fans the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center to watch the game on the big screen. There will be raffles, prizes and Vegas fans aplenty to enjoy the game with at the space behind the D Hotel.

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340

During the second stop of Vegas' road trip, the Golden Knights engaged in a goaltending battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena. Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Golden Knights as the Maple Leafs claimed a 2-1 victory in overtime. Malcolm Subban shone with 35 saves for Vegas while Frederik Andersen locked down the Toronto net with 37 stops.

William Karlsson's 16 points (4G, 12A) have him just two points back of front-runner Mark Stone's 18 points (8G, 10A) in 17 games. Reilly Smith (9G, 4A) is a tally away from becoming the first Golden Knight to score 10 goals this season.

- Be the 104th win in franchise history

- Continue the Golden Knights' streak of recording at least one point in each of their last four games

The Capitals stand atop the NHL standings with 27 points through 17 games. Washington enters Saturday's action riding a five-game win streak that has seen them win twice in regulation, twice in overtime and once in a shootout. With at least a point in each of their last 10 games, the Capitals are putting valuable points in the back in a tough Metropolitan Division.

John Carlson's hot start on the Washington blueline has seen him put up the most points by a defenseman through 17 games in the league with 26 points (8G, 18A). Captain Alex Ovechkin has compiled 13 goals and ranks sixth league-wide in overall scoring with 22 points. Frontline goalie Braden Holtby has been strong for Washington with a 7-1-3 mark.

Get The Lead And Add To It: A struggle all season for the Golden Knights has been protecting leads. Vegas will want to jump out to the lead early in the game and, instead of just holding onto it for as long as possible, adding to it to make a comeback unlikely.

Swim Together: Production has come in spurts from all areas of the Vegas lineup, but there haven't been as many games where the entire team is succeeding as the team is used to. An effort where all four lines click and offense isn't hard to find will spell success for the Golden Knights against a talented Washington group.

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