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Morning Skate Report: October 10, 2019

Vegas heads to Arizona for desert duel with Coyotes

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights make a quick trip to take on the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night at 7 p.m. PT at Gila River Arena. The game will air on AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340.

Thursday's game is the first of the season between Vegas and Arizona.

The Golden Knights are 4-0-0 all-time at Gila River Arena.

Join fellow Golden Knights fans at Sierra Gold (9465 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas NV 89123) for the official team watch party. Fans will be able to participate in raffles while cheering on their team with friends.

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340

The Coyotes haven't had the start they were hoping for in 2019-20. Arizona dropped a 2-1 decision to the Anaheim Ducks to start the year before getting shutout by the Bruins in their own home opener, 1-0. Derek Stepan has the team's only score this season for a team that will be hungry to entertain its home fans Thursday night.

- Mark the 97th win in franchise history

- Give Vegas its second 3-1-0 start in team history

- Improve the Golden Knights' all-time record at Gila River Arena to 5-0-0

It was a hot start to Tuesday's game for the Golden Knights as they skated out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Mark Stone and Reilly Smith. The Bruins fought back to tie the game before the end of the first period and then proceeded to take a two-goal lead of their own early in the second frame. A late goal from Max Pacioretty wasn't even for Vegas as Boston skated away with a 4-3 victory.

High Intensity: Multiple players cited a lapse in intensity after Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Bruins. Starting strong is key, but the ability to maintain that wave of energy can be the difference between wins and losses.

Smart Power Plays: Arizona finished second in the NHL in shorthanded goals last season (16). The Coyotes are willing to take risks on the penalty kill so the Golden Knights will look to exploit any openings given to them.

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