Head coach Peter DeBoer has shuffled up the Vegas Golden Knight’s line combinations in preparation for Friday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Adam Brooks and Dylan Coghlan will be reinserted into the Golden Knights line combinations in exchange for Brett Howden and Ben Hutton. Laurent Brossoit will get the start in net.
DeBoer reiterated his confidence in Coghlan after Friday’s morning skate.
“He can’t sit too long. He is a good young defenseman and we want to reward guys on mare here. I think the reason that Hutton got to play was that he showed that he deserved that spot and now I think it is time to give Cogs (Dylan Coghlan) another look,” said DeBoer.
After he crashed into the boards last game against the Anaheim Ducks, Mark Stone will be a game-time decision for the Golden Knights.
“When he initially went down it didn’t look good. Obviously as a coach that is a guy we cannot afford to lose for another lengthy absence. We will see, he is still a game-time decision but he looked good this morning,” said DeBoer.
For the Coyotes, Johan Larsson is listed as out and Alex Galchenyuk will replace him in the lineup. The Coyotes are statistically one of the worst team’s in the NHL this season having only five wins. Shayne Gostisbehere leads the team in point scoring with 16 in 23 games played.
Taking full advantage of the struggling Coyotes early will be the game plan for the Golden Knights. They cannot afford to once again come out the gate and have a slow start. This is a must-win game for the Golden Knights.
“Five of the last eight games we have fallen behind two-nothing and then you are chasing out the game and stepping out of your structure trying to get yourself back into it. It is hard to play that type of hockey in this league,” said DeBoer.
PROJECTED VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS LINES
Max Pacioretty- Chandler Stephenson- Mark Stone*
Jonathan Marchessault- Nicolas Roy- Reilly Smith
Mattias Janmark- Keegan Kolesar- Evgenii Dadonov
William Carrier- Adam Brooks- Michael Amadio
Nicolas Hague- Alex Pietrangelo
Shea Theodore- Zach Whitecloud
Brayden McNabb- Dylan Coghlan
Laurent Brossoit/Robin Lehner
Vegas Golden Knights Special Teams:
Special Teams: 13.73% powerplay (25th) and 82.54% penalty kill (14th).
PP1: Stone, Stephenson, Dadonov, Theodore, Pacioretty
PP2: Smith, Roy, Marchessault, Pietrangelo, Hague
PK1: Stephenson, Smith, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Howden, Janmark, Hague, Hutton
IR: Jack Eichel, Nolan Patrick, William Karlsson, Alec Martinez.
PROJECTED ARIZONA COYOTES LINES PER PUCKPEDIA
Clayton Keller- Travis Boyd- Phil Kessel
Lawson Crouse- Barrett Hayton- Christian Fischer
Antoine Roussel- Ryan Dzingel- Loui Eriksson
Liam O’Brien- Alex Galchenyuk- Hudson Fasching
Jakob Chychrun- Kyle Capobianco
Shayne Gostisbehere- Dysin Mayo
Anton Stralman- Iyla Lyubushkin
Karel Vejmelka/Scott Wedgewood
Arizona Coyotes Special Teams:
Special Teams: 12.73% powerplay (29th) and 72.37% penalty kill (28th).
PP1: Kessel, Hayton, Keller, Chychrun, Gostisbehere
PP2: Crouse, Boyd, Dzingel, Capobianco, Galchenyuk
PK1: Dzginel, Eriksson, Chychrun, Stralman
PK2: Crouse, Roussel, Mayo, Lyubushkin
IR: Conor Timmins, Carter Hutton, Nick Schmaltz, Jay Beagle, Dmitri Jaskin, Johan Larsson
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