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Golden Knights Gameday #56: Quack Attack: Lines, Notes, vs Ducks

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It’s do-or-die time for the Vegas Golden Knights (30-21-4, 64 points) who have lost six of their last eight games. Tonight they take on the Anaheim Ducks (26-21-9, 61 points) in what feels like a must-win game. The Golden Knights have struggled in almost every facet as of late. Scoring, defense, goaltending, the powerplay, and scoring insurance goals have all cost them games.

Jack Eichel has only ever defeated the San Jose Sharks as a member of the Golden Knights. The Golden Knights only have two wins since captain Mark Stone was placed on LTIR.

Thursday night the Edmonton Oilers were the latest team to pass the Golden Knights in the standings. The VGK now sit in a Wild Card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoff picture behind the Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and Calgary Flames.

The Ducks are threatening to pass the Golden Knights in the standing as well just three points behind them. They have fallen off a bit from the way that they were playing in the early portions of the season but still remain as a solid hard-to-beat team. Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras sit atop the team lead in points with Terry having 46 points in 51 games and Zegras having 41 in 50.

Brayden McNabb is the latest Golden Knight to be injured. He appeared to injure his hand against the Bruins and according to DeBoer will have pictures taken of the injury. If he does not end up playing Friday night then the Golden Knights will officially have zero players play a full 82-game schedule this season and there are still two months to go.

Outside of McNabb possibly not playing, Laurent Brossoit is expected to start with this game being the second of a back-to-back. Jake Leschyshyn has also been recalled. What else is new?

Keys to the Game

Don’t Get Frustrated

Every team goes through its ups and downs in a season and the Golden Knights are currently at a low point. They have struggled to score with just fifteen goals in their last eight games. Evgenii Dadonov, Nicolas Roy, and Shea Theodore’s goal droughts have all hit double-digit marks in games.

At times like these, it is easy for frustration to kick in and the Golden Knights to get frustrated with themselves. But playing a simple game and not overreacting could perhaps be the best course of action for Friday night’s strategy against the Ducks.

Try Something New

Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer made it clear in Thursday night’s postgame presser that he needs more out of some of his guys in the lineup.

“When you’ve got Pacioretty and Stone out of the lineup you can’t have multiple guys going through double-digit games without chipping in a goal,” said DeBoer.

Perhaps DeBoer could opt for some shakeups with his line combinations. We have seen him make some desperation moves in the past such as double-shifting William Karlsson, and playing Shea Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo together. Maybe Friday night is the game in which DeBoer will truly shuffle his lines.

Projected Vegas Golden Knights Line Combinations

 Evgenii Dadonov- Jack Eichel- Chandler Stephenson

Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson- Reilly Smith

William Carrier- Nicolas Roy- Michael Amadio

Jonas Rondbjerg- Brett Howden- Keegan Kolesar

Ben Hutton- Alex Pietrangelo

Shea Theodore- Zach Whitecloud

Nicolas Hague- Dylan Coghlan

Laurent/Brossoit/Robin Lehner

Vegas Golden Knights Special Teams

18.12% Powerplay (22nd) and 80.27% Penalty Kill (14th)

PP1: Kolesar, Dadonov, Stephenson, Eichel, Theodore

PP2: Roy, Smith, Karlsson, Marchessault, Pietrangelo

PK1: Karlsson, Smith, McNabb, Pietrangelo

PK2: Stephenson, Roy, Hague, Whitecloud

Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols/Scratches/Taxi Squad

Mark Stone (back), Alec Martinez (face), Nolan Patrick (head), Brayden McNabb (hand), Max Pacioretty (unknown), Mattias Janmark (unknown)

Projected Anaheim Ducks Line Combinations

Adam Henrique- Ryan Getzlaf- Troy Terry

Sonny Milano- Trevor Zegras- Rickard Rakell

Sam Steel- Isac Lundestrom- Jakob Silfverberg

Nicolas Deslauriers- Sam Carrick- Derek Grant

Hampus Lindholm- Jamie Drysdale

Brendan Guhle- Cam Fowler

Simon Benoit- Kevin Shattenkirk

John Gibson/Anthony Stolarz

Anaheim Ducks Special Teams

25.16% Powerplay (5th) and 82.28% Penalty Kill (9th)

PP1- Rakell, Getzlaf, Milano, Drysdale, Zegras

PP2- Silfverberg, Henrique, Terry, Fowler, Shattenkirk

PK1- Lundestrom, Silfverberg, Lindholm, Fowler

PK2- Grant, Deslauriers, Benoit, Shattenkirk

Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols/Scratches

Max Jones, Josh Manson

How to Watch/Listen

7:00 pm on At&t Sportsnet, ESPN, and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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