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Rookie Faceoff Preview: Sept. 8, 2019

Vegas moves on to play Arizona in middle game of tournament at 3 p.m.

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The rookies of the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice against the Arizona Coyotes at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday at Great Park ice & FivePoint Arena as the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff continues. Catch the game on VegasGoldenKnights.com and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340. Coverage of Vegas Golden Knights Rookie Camp is presented by NextGen.


TODAY'S SLATE
Los Angeles and Colorado open the day at 1 p.m. before Vegas and Arizona square off at 3 p.m. The day rounds out with San Jose and Anaheim at 5 p.m.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR VEGAS

Dylan Coghlan : A two-goal showing made Coghlan the standout player for Vegas in the first game of the tournament.

Paul Cotter : Cotter turned heads with his physical play in the first game of the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff and found opportunities to create offensive chances.

Jonas Rondbjerg : Rondbjerg was part of an effective offensive unit with Lucas Elvenes and Cody Glass on Saturday. He'll look to use his creativity and strong shot to help the Golden Knights win Sunday.


YESTERDAY'S OUTING
After a scoreless first period in the opening game against Colorado, Dylan Coghlan netted the first goal of the tournament on a long slapshot from the blueline. Coghlan scored again in the third period, but the Avalanche put five goals on the board to take a 5-2 win.


ABOUT ARIZONA
Three first round picks populate the Coyotes' roster in forward Nick Merkley (2015, 30th overall), forward Barrett Hayton (2018, 5th overall) and defenseman Victor Soderstrom (2019, 11th overall). High-scoring forward and 2017 third round pick (75th overall) Nate Schnarr will add scoring punch to Arizona's forward core.


KEYS TO THE GAME
Keep Learning: Chicago Wolves head coach Rocky Thompson said he wants to see his team win, but this tournament is all about growing and learning as players. He expects to see smoother play in the second tilt.

Start Fast: Vegas and Colorado were scoreless after 20 minutes Saturday with not many chances flying for either side. Vegas will want to turn up the intensity quickly against the Coyotes.

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