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Golden Knights Gameday 73: A Blip: Lines, Notes vs Coyotes

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The Vegas Golden Knights (39-29-4, 82 points) will close out their season series Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes (22-44-5, 49 points). With both the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, and Nashville Predators collecting points on Thursday, the Golden Knights remain out of a playoff spot.

Today the Stars play at 11:00, the Predators at 3:00, and the Oilers at 7:00. It will be another night of scoreboard watching in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights are coming off of an ugly loss to the Vancouver Canucks who kept their playoff hopes alive defeating the VGK 5-1 on home ice.

“We just got to get back to doing what we did for the previous two weeks. We were playing really good hockey.”I am going to assume that it was just a blip and we are going to move forward,” said Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer following Friday’s morning skate.

Max Pacioretty is expected to return to the team after working with the third-line and top powerplay unit in practice. DeBoer lists him as a game-time decision. He has missed 53 overall games this season with his current undisclosed injury keeping him out for the last 12 games.

In what is certainly a cap-space move, Nicolas Hague and Brett Howden were placed on LTIR Friday. Mark Stone also skated Saturday morning but is out for the Golden Knights.

I’m short on time here so real quick here are my keys to the game: 1) Utilize Max Pacioretty in his return 2) Get confident goaltending from Robin Lehner 3) Take advantage of special teams as the Coyotes have the worst penalty kill in the league and second-worst powerplay.

Projected Vegas Golden Knights Line Combinations

Max Pacioretty- Jack Eichel- Chandler Stephenson

Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson- Evgenii Dadonov

Mattias Janmark- Nicolas Roy- Keegan Kolesar

Dylan Coghlan*- Jake Leschyshyn- Michael Amadio

Ben Hutton- Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore

Alec Martinez- Zach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner/Logan Thompson

Vegas Golden Knights Special Teams

18.09% Powerplay (24th) and 78.01% Penalty Kill (20th)

PP1: Pacioretty, Stephenson, Marchessault, Theodore, Eichel

PP2: Dadonov, Karlsson, Roy, Coghlan, Pietrangelo

PK1: Karlsson, Roy, McNabb, Pietrangelo

PK2: Stephenson, Janmark, Martinez, Whitecloud

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

Mark Stone (back), Reilly Smith (knee), Laurent Brossoit (undisclosed), Nicolas Hague (lower-body), Brett Howden (upper-body), William Carrier (lower-body), Nolan Patrick (undisclosed).

Projected Arizona Coyotes Line Combinations

Nick Ritchie- Travis Boyd- Nick Schmaltz

Michael Carcone- Barrett Hayton- Phil Kessel

Jan Jenik- Jay Beagle- Loui Eriksson

Andrew Ladd- Alex Galchenyuk- Matias Maccelli

Shayne Gostisbehere- Dysin Mayo

Cam Dineen- Anton Stralman

Kyle Capobianco- Vladislav Kolyachonok

Karel Vejmelka/Harri Sateri

Arizona Coyotes Special Teams

13.64% Powerplay (31st) and 72.69% Penalty Kill (32nd)

PP1- Ritchie, Boyd, Schmaltz, Kessel, Gostisbehere

PP2- Ladd, Hayton, Galchenyuk, Maccelli, Capobianco

PK1- Beagle, Eriksson, Mayo, Stralman

PK2- Hayton, Boyd, Dineen, Gostisbehere

Injured Reserve/COVID-19 Protocols/Scratches

Clayton Keller, Antoine Roussel, Conor Timmins, Dmitrij Jaskin, Lawson Crouse, Janis Moser, Christian Fischer, Jakob Chychrun

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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