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Morning Skate Report: October 31, 2019

Golden Knights and Canadiens scare off on Halloween

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (8-5-0) celebrate Halloween at T-Mobile Arena for the first time in franchise history as they host the Montreal Canadiens (6-4-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

NOTES
Vegas and Montreal meet on the ice for the first of two games during the 2019-20 season. The Canadiens won both games against the Golden Knights last season.

Thursday's game marks the first home game on Halloween for the Golden Knights in team history. 

FORTRESS FESTIVITIES
Fans at The Fortress will be celebrating Halloween with special activations surrounding the holiday. There will be a costume contest for both kids and adults, candy from Smith's Food & Drug Stores on the concourse and other Halloween activities for the whole family. Guidelines for costumes at T-Mobile Arena can be found here.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460

LAST TIME OUT
In their first game against the Anaheim Ducks of the season, the Golden Knights rolled to a 5-2 victory Sunday at T-Mobile Arena. Goals from Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves and Nicolas Roy helped Vegas carry a 3-1 lead into the second period. William Karlsson and Paul Stastny ensured the Golden Knights' victory against their division rival.

VGK SCORING LEADERS
Stone still leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 16 points (7G, 9A) through 13 games. Reilly Smith's seven goals are tied with Stone for the most tallies on the team while Max Pacioretty's nine helpers are also even with Stone for the team lead.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…
- Be the 103rd win in franchise history

- Mark the Golden Knights' second win against the Canadiens since 2017

OPPOSITION UPDATE
Montreal skates into T-Mobile Arena on a two-game win streak. After topping Toronto, 5-2, on Saturday, the Canadiens opened their road trip with a 4-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.

Brendan Gallagher (6G, 5A) and Jonathan Drouin (6G, 5A) share the team lead in scoring with 11 points each. Max Domi (10 points) and former Golden Knight Tomas Tatar (nine points) have helped Montreal's well-rounded attack this season.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Be Sharp: The Golden Knights had an emotional high when they defeated Anaheim on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena. There have been three full days since that win and Vegas will want to hit the ice with the same energy they had during the weekend.

Use Your Size: Montreal is known for having a small, fast team. What the team lacks in size, it makes up for in speed. If Vegas can impose its physicality and slow down the speedy Canadiens, they will find success in all three zones.

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