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Morning Skate Report: October 22, 2019

Golden Knights end road trip in Chicago

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

After splitting the first two games of a three-game swing, the Vegas Golden Knights complete their road trip as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks at 5:30 p.m. PT at the United Center.

NOTES
Tuesday's game is the first of three tilts between the Golden Knights and Blackhawks this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD...
- Be the 101st win in franchise history

- Wrap up the road trip with a 2-1-0 record

VGK SCORING LEADERS
Reilly Smith took over the team lead in goals when he potted his seventh of the season on Monday. Mark Stone's 12 points (6G, 6A) continue to rank first on the Golden Knights through 10 games.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Blackhawks enter Tuesday's action winners of two of their last three games. In its most recent outing, Chicago battled back to a 3-3 tie in the third period against the Washington Capitals, but allowed two goals in the final eight minutes to fall, 5-3.

Patrick Kane has put together a team-high eight points (3G, 5A) through Chicago's first six games of the season. Brandon Saad, Erik Gustafsson, Alex DeBrincat and Alex Nylander have each put up four points for the Blackhawks.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Bounce Back: Despite receiving praise from their coaches for how they played at times Monday against Philadelphia, the Golden Knights still suffered a 6-2 defeat. The beauty of the NHL season is that the next game is never far off and, for Vegas, their opportunity to correct their Monday mistake comes just 24 hours later.

Use Your Power Plays: Chicago's penalty ranks 29th in the NHL in the early weeks of the season as its clicked at just 66.7 percent. If the Blackhawks send players to the box Tuesday night, it's crucial that Vegas finds the net.

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