COYOTES (21-14-4) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (20-15-6)
10 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV
The Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes, who are tied for first place in the Pacific Division, meet at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.
Vegas and Arizona each has 46 points. This is the third of five games between the teams this season; Arizona won 4-1 at Gila River Arena on Oct. 10, and Vegas won a 2-1 shootout at home on Nov. 29.
Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Golden Knights and try to win his 454th game, which would tie him with Curtis Joseph for sixth place on the NHL all-time wins list.
The Golden Knights, who are 1-2-1 in their past four games, begin a seven-game homestand. Vegas is playing the second game of a back-to-back set; they lost 4-3 at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Antti Raanta is expected to start for the Coyotes, who have alternated wins and losses in their past 10 games (5-5-0). Their 13 road wins are tied for second-most in the League (St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche) behind the Washington Capitals (16).
Players to watch
Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.
Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games.
They said it
"You play the game for competition. At the start of training camp, if you said at Christmas time we'd be in first place, I think we'd be pretty happy, but you can only be happy for a little bit because it's hard to maintain it." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet
"We have a homestand here where if we can win a couple and push for the first spot in the Pacific, we're going to be in a good spot going forward when it matters in the end." -- Golden Knights center William Karlsson
Coyotes projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Conor Garland
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski
Jordan Oesterle -- Jordan Gross
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Christian Fischer
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg), Jason Demers (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)
Golden Knights projected lineup
Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone
Alex Tuch -- Paul Stastny -- Cody Glass
William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill -- Deryk Engelland
Scratched: Nick Holden, Keegan Kolesar
Injured: Cody Eakin (upper body)
Vegas recalled Kolesar from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
Schmaltz has seven assists during a four-game point streak. … Pacioretty has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Smith has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.