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Morning Skate Report: September 24, 2018

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights return to T-Mobile Arena in search of their fifth win of the preseason as they take the ice with the Colorado Avalanche on at 7 p.m. Monday.

When the Golden Knights last took the ice at T-Mobile Arena, Jonathan Marchessault's goal 16 seconds into the game set the tone for a 7-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Vegas is 4-0-0 in the preseason for the first time in franchise history.

Saturday night in San Jose, the Golden Knights trailed the Sharks 4-2 at the end of the second period. Oscar Lindberg and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored third-period goals to knot the score at 4-4 and send the game to overtime. Overtime passed without a goal and the Sharks and Golden Knights went to the shootout. In the sixth round, Erik Brannstrom turned Martin Jones inside out and slid the puck into the open cage to win it for Vegas, 5-4.

Keep Driving: The vibe among the Golden Knights all preseason has been one of positivity and motivation to win. A hockey game is a hockey game, whether two points are on the line or not, and every player wants to win every game.

Help The New Guys: Cody Glass and Erik Brannstrom are the only two teens left on the roster at this point of training camp and, just as it's been all camp, the veteran players need to continue helping them grow.

Alex Tuch

On playing with Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty tonight...
They're two unbelievable, highly skilled players and I think our games complement each other really well. We should have some good chemistry out there. I'm just out there to make room for them and get the puck in their hands.

Nick Holden
On playing with a player like Erik Brannstrom...
I played with Tyson Barrie in Colorado who has a similar mindset: very offensively gifted but still can defend. It's nice for a small guy to be able to move the way he does and he uses his body really well.

On the opportunities he'll have playing with Brannstrom...
Usually those guys get out in lots of fun situations so, being the partner, you get out there too. It's just trying to figure out a way to get involved as well so you're not sitting there watching him do everything.

Gerard Gallant
On the options he has with Stastny and Pacioretty...
We're switching them in and out. We're not going to mess with the [William] Karlsson line, but this line is a new line taking place with our team. We're trying to give some people some opportunities.

On left-handed defensemen Brannstrom and Jake Bischoff playing on the right side...
They've both played it before and, when you've got a lot of left-handed shooting defenseman, you get the opportunities to play on opposite sides. Both of those guys have done that over their careers. It really helps when you can play both sides and both of those guys can.

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