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Morning Skate Report: October 25, 2019

Golden Knights return to T-Mobile Arena to open homestand on Nevada Day

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights will celebrate Nevada Day as they host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at 3 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

Friday's game is the first of the season between the Golden Knights and Avalanche. Last season, Colorado had the upper hand against Vegas with a 2-1-0 record in the season series.

Mark Stone is riding a team-high seven-game point streak. During that stretch, he's posted eight points (4G, 4A).

Friday's game marks the return of former Golden Knight Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for the first time as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

The Golden Knights are celebrating Nevada Day by giving all fans in attendance a City of Las Vegas and a City of Henderson patch upon entry. During warmups, the team will wear specialty white jerseys which will be raffled off during the game with proceeds benefitting the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

With the Golden Knights trailing, 1-0, late in the third period Tuesday night in Chicago, Nick Holden broke through with his second goal of the season to send Vegas and the Blackhawks to overtime. After a scoreless extra session, Shea Theodore converted on the shootout-winning goal to give the Golden Knights the win in a game in which they never held a lead.

Mark Stone's 14 points (6G, 8A) rank first on the Golden Knights and fifth in the entire NHL in scoring. Reilly Smith paces Vegas in goals with seven while Max Pacioretty and William Karlsson sit tied with Stone for the team-lead in assists (8).

Colorado enters Friday's game on the heels of its first regulation loss of the season on Monday night in St. Louis. Prior to that 3-1 loss, the Avalanche cruised to a 7-0-1 record to start the year.

Forward Mikko Rantanen posted 12 points in Colorado's first nine games but is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Despite that loss, the Avalanche still boast plenty of firepower including Nathan MacKinnon (12 points), Andre Burakovsky (8 points), Cale Makar (8 points) and Gabriel Landeskog (7 points).

- Be the 102nd win in franchise history

- Mark Vegas' second win all-time on Nevada Day

Home Means Nevada: There are few occasions at The Fortress where the atmosphere is better than Nevada Day. The crowd will fill the arena with support for their team and the Golden Knights will look to feed off that energy.

Back To Basics: Vegas is known as a team that starts well in the first period of a game. However, the Golden Knights didn't score a first-period goal during their three-game road trip. There's no better way for a team to get back to its style of play than on home ice.

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