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Morning Skate Report: October 2, 2019

Golden Knights open regular season at home against Sharks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The 2019-20 season has arrived for the Vegas Golden Knights as they host the San Jose Sharks for the team's home opener Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena. The game will air nationally on NBCSN and locally on FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460.

NOTES
Wednesday's game marks the third home opener in franchise history.

The Golden Knights will open the season against a Pacific Division opponent for the first time in franchise history.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: NBCSN

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | ESPN Deportes 1460

Note: AT&T SportsNet will air a Pregame Show Special from 6:30-7:30 ahead of puck drop.

FORTRESS FESTIVITIES
Festivities outside T-Mobile Arena will begin at 2:30 with face painting and games. Players, coaches and local personalities will walk the Gold Carpet starting at 4 p.m. on Toshiba Plaza. All fans are encouraged to join in the pregame festivities on Toshiba Plaza.

The Golden Knights will be revealing an out-of-this-world surprise for the honorary puck drop. Follow the Golden Knights on social media for details.

2018-19 SEASON SERIES
Vegas and San Jose split their regular season series last season as each team won two games. The Golden Knights outscored the Sharks 18-10 through the course of four regular season contests. The Sharks defeated Vegas in seven games during their first-round playoff series. Reilly Smith was Vegas' leading scorer against San Jose during the 2018-19 regular season with seven points (1G, 6A) in just three appearances. Jonathan Marchessault finished with six points (2G, 4A) against the Sharks during four regular season games while William Karlsson netted three goals against the division foe.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Be the 95th win in franchise history

- Give the Golden Knights a 2-1-0 record all-time in home-openers

- Improve Vegas' all-time regular season record against San Jose to 5-1-2

KEYS TO THE GAME
Turn The Page: The Golden Knights have pushed last year's playoff series to the backs of their minds and are poised to create new history in 2019-20. There is a rivalry between Vegas and San Jose, but the most important aspect of the game is the pair of points on the table.

Win The Physical Battle: When the two teams came together on Sept. 29 in the final game of the preseason, an excess of pleasantries were exchanged which resulted in a total of 114 penalty minutes. If physicality dominates the game again Wednesday, the Golden Knights will be focused on outworking their opponent.

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