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VGK Takes NYC

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights face each team in the Eastern Conference only twice during the regular season: once at T-Mobile Arena and once on the road. With only one trip to New York this season, the Golden Knights are trying to make the most of their time spent in New York City.

First on the docket for the Golden Knights was a practice at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday ahead of their matchup with the New York Islanders on Wednesday. After practice, the day was wide open for the players who popped around the city experiencing all that New York City has to offer.

Coming to New York is special for Max Pacioretty who grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut. His hometown is less than 50 miles from Madison Square Garden where he would watch the New York Rangers play, and the close proximity makes it easy for loved ones to watch the Golden Knights forward take the ice.

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Vegas Showing Improvement Despite Tough Road Schedule

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

When it comes to the schedule, it might be true that it all evens out in the end, but there are times during a season when one team might be getting it worse than the rest, and that's certainly the case for the Vegas Golden Knights right now.

Vegas is about to begin a four-game road swing against the Islanders, Devils, Rangers and Blue Jackets which will run the club's road games total up to 22 on the season. The Golden Knights have played just 14 games at home so far; and that ratio is quite out of whack.

Vegas owns a record of 17-14-1 for 35 points and the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. To date, the Golden Knights are 10-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena and 7-11 when playing elsewhere.

Vegas is playing much better as a whole these days and the road record should improve as a result. If both home and away records stay at their current ratios, the heavier home schedule will buoy the overall record.

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Vegas Claims Fifth Consecutive Home Victory, 4-2

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

In their final home game before a four-game trip, the Vegas Golden Knights earned their fifth home win in a row in a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.

HOW IT WENT DOWN
Dallas appeared to take a 1-0 lead right away as Jamie Benn won a faceoff back to Tyler Seguin and he drilled the puck behind Marc-Andre Fleury. But after review, the puck hit the post and stayed out of the net. The Stars eventually took the lead as Martin Hanzal deflected the puck by Fleury. Ten minutes later, Ryan Carpenter knotted the score at 1-1 as he scored his first goal of the season. In the second period, William Karlsson hit the 10-goal mark when he rifled a wrist shot past Ben Bishop to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 edge. Alex Tuch added to the lead just before the end of the period as Vegas took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Esa Lindell scored midway through the third period to cut the Vegas advantage to 3-2, but Reilly Smith's empty-net goal iced the 4-2 win for the Golden Knights.

TURNING POINT
Shea Theodore received a double minor for high sticking at 7:43 of the third period and the Stars had a major opportunity to get back into the game. But the Vegas penalty kill came up big as they extinguished the entire four-minute power play and kept Dallas from evening the score.

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Karlsson Honored To Be First Golden Knight With 100 Points

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Reilly Smith collected the puck in the corner of the offensive zone and zipped it to Deryk Engelland at the right point. Engelland snapped a wrist shot that flew by Corey Crawford and hit the back of the net to give Vegas a 2-0 lead in the first period against Chicago on Dec. 6.

The goal was key for the Golden Knights as they went on to win, 4-3, but the importance of the goal goes beyond that game. William Karlsson, who notched a secondary assist on the goal, scored his 100th point as a Golden Knight to become the first player to hit the century mark in a Vegas uniform.

"I never really thought about being the first one to reach 100 points," Karlsson said. "When I first got here, all I wanted to be was a top-six forward. I'm happy I made that and now I'm just focused on being a top player."

Karlsson credits his achievement to the collective success of his line. Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith have formed one of the most productive trios in the NHL since early in the 2017-18 season. Marchessault (98 points) and Smith (80 points) should join Karlsson soon in the triple digit club.

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Morning Skate Report: December 9, 2018

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights look to end the weekend with a win as they host the Dallas Stars at 6 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.

NOTES
Sunday's game is the second of a weekend back-to-back for the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights are hosting a toy drive on Toshiba Plaza. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the CASA Foundation.

Vegas has a record of 9-3-1 on home ice this season.

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights fell victim to the hard-hitting play of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and fell 5-1. Oscar Lindberg scored his first goal of the season for Vegas to open the scoring, but five unanswered goals from the Kings gave the home team a win.

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Golden Knights Overwhelmed by Kings

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

After scoring the game's first goal, the Vegas Golden Knights fell victim to the physical play of the Los Angeles Kings as they dropped a 4-1 decision Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

HOW IT WENT DOWN
In the game's first five minutes, Oscar Lindberg went hard to the net and buried his first goal of the season to get Vegas off on the right foot. Less than four minutes later, a goal from Nikita Scherbak leveled the score at 1-1. The first half of the second period passed without a tally, but in the final eight minutes of the frame, Los Angeles received goals from Matt Luff and Jeff Carter to nab a 3-1 lead heading into the third. Things went from bad to worse for the Golden Knights as Derek Forbort struck early in the period to make it 4-1 Kings. A late goal from Nate Thompson sealed a 5-1 victory for the home team.

TURNING POINT
Vegas had chances to create multiple turning points as they received three power plays throughout the game. Despite recent power play success, the Golden Knights couldn't connect and missed some key opportunities to turn the game around.

LOOKING AHEAD
Vegas wraps up their back-to-back weekend at home with a 6 p.m. tilt against the Dallas Stars.

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Morning Skate Report: December 8, 2018

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights meet the Los Angeles Kings for the first time this season at 1 p.m. PT Saturday at Staples Center. Fans can tune in on AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340.

NOTES
Vegas had a record of 2-1-1 against Los Angeles last season and pulled off a four-game sweep of the Kings in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

WATCH PARTY
Join the Golden Knights for their official watch party at Planet Hollywood at 1 p.m. Click here for more information.

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas came out on the winning end of a see-saw game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 6 at T-Mobile Arena. Trailing 3-2 in the third period, the Golden Knights received goals from Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch just 12 seconds apart to churn out a 4-3 victory.

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Golden Knights Keeping Up In Pacific Division Chase

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

No team wants to play catch-up. Taking hold of the division lead early in the year and running with it through April is how all 31 NHL clubs would like their respective seasons to go.

Only one team can lead their own division at a time and so rarely does a team lead their pool in points for an entire season. In 2017-18, the Vegas Golden Knights nabbed the Pacific Division lead on Dec. 27 and held on to win the division title despite constant knocking from the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. The closest that any of those teams came to usurping the lead was a five-point gap between the Golden Knights and Sharks on March 27.

William Karlsson's iconic through-the-legs goal was the game-winner on March 31 when the Golden Knights clinched the division banner and a No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket.

Vegas is singing a bit of a different tune in 2018-19 as early struggles had them in the bottom-half of the Pacific for the first 24 games of the season. Making up ground was an unfamiliar activity for the franchise, but each member of the team has been using their own separate experiences to bring Vegas back into the playoff picture.

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Golden Knights Prevail 4-3 in Back-And-Forth Game vs. Chicago

by Kelli Pfiffner @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Two timely goals from Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch ignited a third-period comeback for the Vegas Golden Knights as they knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas improved to 5-0-0 against Chicago all-time.

HOW IT WENT DOWN
Reilly Smith opened up the scoring for Vegas with a power-play goal at 1:28, ending an eight-game drought and giving him a total of five goals this season. His was shortly followed by Deryk Engelland's first goal of the season, with assists from Smith and William Karlsson. Jonathan Toews put Chicago on the board four minutes into the second period and Dylan Strome tied it up 2-2 at 16:15. A goal by Artem Anisimov gave Chicago a short-lived lead that was ended by two quick goals from Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch just 12 seconds apart. Marc-Andre Fleury made seven saves in the third period as Vegas held on for its second win in a row.

TURNING POINT
After trailing 3-2 in the middle of the third, Marchessault shifted the momentum in the Golden Knights favor and tied the game with a wicked wrist shot from the left wing. Twelve seconds later, Tuch scored the game-winner on a strong effort in front of the net. Chicago challenged the goal, but Tuch's goal stood to give Vegas the 4-3 win.

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Morning Skate Report: December 6, 2018

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Fresh off their third consecutive home win, the Vegas Golden Knights host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. The game will air on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460.

NOTES
Thursday's game is Vegas's second home game in a row. The Golden Knights have a record of 8-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena this season.

The Golden Knights skated to an 8-3 win against the Blackhawks on Nov. 27 as they set a franchise record for goals in a single game.

Chicago comes to Vegas for their second game of a back-to-back as the Blackhawks lost to the Ducks, 4-2, in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

LAST TIME OUT
In a rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, the Vegas Golden Knights overcame the Washington Capitals with a 5-3 win Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Ryan Reaves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Cody Eakin each scored goals to match two from Jakub Vrana and one from Alex Ovechkin as the 3-3 hockey game entered the final two minutes of the game. Nate Schmidt scored a power-play goal with 1:25 remaining and added an empty-netter to lift the Golden Knights to victory against his former team.

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