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Morning Skate Report: October 15, 2019

Golden Knights host Predators for first time in 2019-20

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights open a two-game homestand as they host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena. Catch the game on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and Deportes 1460.

NOTES
Vegas and Nashville collide for the first time of the season Tuesday night.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes 1460

FROM THE ROOM
Video: Pregame 10/15 - Glass

Video: Pregame 10/15 - Gallant

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights picked up their second win in a row Sunday night as they knocked off the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2, at Staples Center. Paul Stastny led the way with four points (2G, 2A) including two power-play goals during the second period.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Predators have kept their heads about .500 through the early portion of the season with a 3-2-0 record. Nashville arrives in Vegas for its second game of a three-game swing that saw the Preds drop a 7-4 decision to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Major free agent acquisition Matt Duchene has not disappointed his new team in the early season as he's paced the Predators with nine points (2G, 7A) through five games. Filip Forsberg leads the team in goals with four tallies while Pekka Rinne has gone 3-0-0 in his three starts in goal for Nashville.

VGK SCORING LEADERS
Mark Stone's nine points (4G, 5A) lead the Golden Knights through six games. Max Pacioretty ranks second on the team with eight points (2G, 6A) and is tied with William Karlsson (6A) for the team lead in helpers. From the blueline, Shea Theodore has accrued five points (1G, 4A) to lead all Vegas defensemen.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Be the 99th win in franchise history

- Mark Vegas' first three-game win streak of the season

KEYS TO THE GAME
Wear Down Nashville's Defense: The Predators have a deep defensive core that doesn't allow many high-quality chances during the course of a game. If the Golden Knights can keep getting pucks in behind Nashville's defensemen, they'll have more opportunities to create offense.

Special Teams Success: Vegas has been clicking on the power play and the penalty kill this season. The Golden Knights rank first in the league in penalty killing (95.5 percent) and sixth in the NHL in power play percentage (30 percent). Maintain that success will help them against the Predators.

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