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Morning Skate Report: October 19, 2019

Fleury returns to Pittsburgh as Golden Knights visit Penguins

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights kick off a three-game road trip as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT at PPG Paints Arena. Catch the game on AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340.

NOTES
Saturday's game is the first of two contests this season between Vegas and Pittsburgh.

Jake Bischoff will make his NHL debut for the Golden Knights.

Vegas is opening a three-game trip that will include stops in Philadelphia and Chicago.

WATCH PARTY
Join the fun at the official Vegas Golden Knights watch party at the Las Vegas Ballpark on Saturday. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation. Doors to the Ballpark will open at 3 p.m.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340

FROM THE ROOM

Video: Pregame 10/19 - Merrill

Video: Pregame 10/19 - Bischoff

 Video: Pregame 10/19 - Coach Gallant

LAST TIME OUT
Jonathan Marchessault's scored in the fifth round of the shootout Thursday night as the Golden Knights knocked off the Senators, 3-2. During regulation, Vegas received goals from Reilly Smith and Nick Holden.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Be the 100th regular season win in franchise history

OPPOSITION UPDATE
An injury to Evgeni Malkin has not slowed the Penguins down as they've jumped out to a 5-2-0 start to the year.

Sidney Crosby's 12 points (4G, 8A) lead the Penguins through seven games. Kris Letang has chipped in from the blueline with eight points (2G, 6A) and Jake Guentzel has maintained his scoring touch with a team-high five goals.

VGK LEADING SCORERS
Smith snagged the top spot on the goal-scoring list for the Golden Knights on Thursday when he buried his sixth goal of the season. Mark Stone's 11 overall points (5G, 6A) lead the team while Max Pacioretty is close behind with nine points (2G, 7A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Shut Down Sid: The necessity of covering Crosby is not a new concept, but it remains as important as ever. He's off to a hot start and he makes his linemates better players, so keeping the puck away from him is crucial.

Keep Shooting: Though they only scored two goals in regulation Thursday, the Golden Knights ripped 54 shots on goal against Ottawa. That kind of non-stop offense will help Vegas go up against a stingy Pittsburgh team.

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