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Golden Knights Gameday 18: Phil 1Kessel: Lines and Notes vs Coyotes

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The achievement continues to be impressive with each and every game, that is, Phil Kessel’s streak of consecutive games played in the NHL. Against his former team Thursday night Kessel will play in his 1,000th straight NHL game as the Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-0, 26 points) take on the Arizona Coyotes (6-8-1, 13 points) home at 7 p.m. This will be the first matchup of three between these two teams.

There will be a special pregame announcement with Kessel and members of his family, so if you plan on being in attendance tonight, make sure to arrive at T-Mobile a little early.

“It is a special number, obviously, even though 999 is only one more game, and that is a lot, and 1,001 will be a lot. It’s a cool number; that’s the way I look at it,” said head coach Bruce Cassidy on Kessel.

No lineup changes are expected for the Golden Knights. Logan Thompson will start yet again. After a nine-game winning streak, the Golden Knights have lost two in a row and will look to get their first win on their current three-game homestand before they leave for Edmonton and Vancouver.

What To Watch For

Kessel Carnival

The last two times Kessel had milestone games with the Golden Knights, he put the puck in the back of the net. He scored a goal that was deemed offsides against the Maple Leafs when he tied Keith Yandle for the Ironman Record and also scored in his record-setting game against the Sharks, his 400th goal.

Expect Kessel to be more active, with tonight being yet another special night in his legendary career as he plays in his 1,000th straight game.

“It’s really cool. I don’t know if another player will ever do that again. It’s pretty crazy. For him to be able to do that is so cool and all of us are proud of him,” said 23-year-old Paul Cotter, who was in grade school when Kessel started his streak in 2009.

“The amount of games he has played in a row is absolutely insane. It’s pretty cool to be playing with a guy with that much experience and just to be able to ask him questions and work with him,” added fellow linemate, Brett Howden.

Back On Track

After two straight losses, there isn’t any panic in the Golden Knights locker room. But everyone from Cassidy to Cotter knows that getting back on track against the Coyotes is a must tonight.

“Our urgency should be higher simply because we have not put points on the board these past two games. Good teams don’t let those things fester… I am less concerned about Arizona; I don’t mean that disrespectfully but we have t get our house in order first,” said head coach Cassidy.

Despite racking up 18 straight points, the Golden Knights are only ahead of the Los Angeles Kings by three points. Four of their next six games are against Pacific Division teams.

Projected Vegas Golden Knights Line Combinations

Chandler Stephenson- Jack Eichel– Mark Stone (c)

Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson– Reilly Smith

Paul Cotter- Brett Howden- Phil Kessel

William Carrier- Nicolas Roy- Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague- Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson/Adin Hill

Vegas Golden Knights Special Teams

PP1: Stone, Eichel, Stephenson, Marchessault, Pietrangelo

PP2: Roy, Karlsson, Smith, Kessel, Theodore

PK1: Roy, Stephenson, McNabb, Pietrangelo

PK2: Karlsson, Stone, Martinez, Whitecloud

IR/Scratches

Michael Amadio, Jake Leschyshyn, Ben Hutton

Projected Coyotes Line Combinations

Clayton Keller- Barrett Hayton- Travis Boyd

Matias Maccelli- Nick Bjugstad- Lawson Crouse

Nick Ritchie- Jack McBain- Christian Fischer

Liam O’Brien- Laurent Dauphin- Dylan Guenther

Juuso Valimaki- JJ Moser

Shayne Gostisbehere- Josh Brown

Patrick Nemeth- Troy Stetcher

Karel Vejmelka/Connor Ingram

Coyotes Special Teams

PP1- Ritchie, Boyd, Keller, Gostisbehere, Moser

PP2- Crouse, Hayton, Guenther, Valimaki, Maccelli

PK1- McBain, Crouse, Moser, Brown

PK2- Hayton, Keller, Gostisbehere, Nemeth

IR/Scratches

Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Jakob Chychrun, Nick Schmaltz, Conor Timmins, Zack Kassian/Dysin Mayo

How to Watch/Listen

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Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

THE FLORIDA PANTHERS.
THE ARIZONA COYOTES.
THE COLORADO AVALANCHE.
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
THE UTAH JAZZ.
THE NEVADA GOLDEN KNIGHTS?????!!!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

The GOLDEN KNIGHTS are LOOKING GOOD!!
As are NEW JERSEY and BOSTON!!
I am sure that NAZEM KADRI is wishing that he were traded to the DEVILS or the BRUINS right now!!
I am wondering how many hockey fans know that the original name of the LAS VEGAS hockey club was going to be: THE BLACK KNIGHTS??!!
The LEAFS are in TOUGH against the DEVILS tomorrow night!!
As a LEAF fan, I would be satisfied with just ONE point or even just a ONE GOAL LOSS!!
SURPRISE SURPRISE!!
The result was BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!
If the LEAFS can beat the DEVILS they should be able to beat thew WILD!!
Almost 100% of NHL hockey players are millionaires ( I think that EVANDER KANE with his gambling problem is an exception).
I will be one in 2027 DESPITE:
ONLY a $420,000 lifetime gross income for 40 years (1987-2027)!!
Only about 60% of that is EARNED GROSS INCOME!!
NO INHERITANCE or LOTTERY VICTORIES!!
LESSON: Get an EXCELLENT financial planner EARLY!!!!
It would be interesting to point out that my lifetime gross income is what is 60% of what an NHL hockey player would make for just ONE year at minimum wage!!
The LEAFS are 10-5-5: NOT BAD but their OVERTIME record is AWFUL!!
They could EASILY be 12-5-3!!
A GREAT milestone for JOHN TAVARES!!
400 goals is like hitting 700 home runs in baseball!!
ALBERT PUJOLS from the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS would not be able to beat my 45:53 10KM run for males 230 pounds + BUT I could NOT even hit ONE home run in the MAJORS!!
I did hit about 15 home runs in SOFTBALL for the PURE TOUCH SERVICES (carpet and upholstery cleaning) for AUGUST of 1990 and 1991!!
I got the MVP both years!!
Sorry folks.
the PURE TOUCH SERVICES COMPANY in KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
A HAT TRICK OF DISALLOWED GOALS FOR ONE TEAM????!!!
This MUST be a FIRST!!!!!!!!!!
The LEAFS are now 2-1-2 against the THREE best teams in the league!!!
11-5-5 overall!!!
SUNDIN was GREAT!! SANDIN will be GREAT!! SYNDIN, SONDIN, SINDIN, SENDIN and SAINDIN will be GREAT later on!!!
MARNER: Just another FIVE games for consecutive points and he will have the record for most consecutive points for games for a MAPLE LEAF!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

BORJE SALMING RIP.
How many people remember the sign at MAPLE LEAF GARDENS: BORJE WILL NEVER BORE YA!!??

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

I was a competitive runner and made the EXACT same mistake that ARIELLE did!
Unfortunately, I am suffering from permanent consequences.
I have modified my exercise program substantially.
Instead of 20 minute to two hour runs a day and one hour workouts in the gym, I am doing light weight lifting, running on the spot and exercises I learned at my retirement home for 33 minutes every day early in the morning.
I combine that with long walks.
I go get a MEDIUM ENDORPHIN HIGH rather than an EXTREME ENDORPHIN HIGH when I was competing.
I was a GUINEA PIG for a company that tried to cut costs for janitorial position for a VERY LARGE AREA.
MULTIPLE janitors should have been hired!
I developed SEVERE TENNIS ELBOW after 10 months of work.
ARIELLE used BENGAY (33% METHYL SALICYLATE) whereas I used KALAYA (11% METHYL SALICYLATE).
The directions were VAGUE!
DON’t USE THIS MEDICATION WITH A HEATING PAD should have been replaced with: DON’T APPLY BEFORE HEAVY EXERCISE!!
APPLY THE CREAM AFTER THE EXERCISE AND COOLING DOWN PERIOD!!
https://scienceline.org/2007/08/ask-cooper-bengaydeath/#:~:text=If%20you%20were%20to%20then,brands%20that%20contain%20methyl%20salicylate.

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Now that the NFL CHARGERS have left SAN DIEGO, I believe that it makes more sense for the SHARKS to move from SAN JOSE to SAN DIEGO and join the PADRES!!
BTW, what about KANSAS CITY, PITTSBURGH, CINCINNATI and ST. LOUIS joining the NBA??!!
BOSTON in the NFL??!!
HOUSTON, MILWAUKEE, BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI and (rejoining) CLEVELAND and KANSAS CITY in the NHL??!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Yes. The LEAFS are 12-5-5 but struggled against an AVERAGE team!!
I am NOT impressed!!
MATT MURRAY: Accidentally on purpose the first time the net came off!
THE SECOND TIME?: Accidentally by accident!!
PETAN and FLEURY are now both with the WILD.
It is IRONIC that when PETAN was with the LEAFS, he made shot that was looking that it was going to go in a wide empty net BUT FLEURY made a BRILLIANT stop when he was with VEGAS!!
JOHN TAVARES: BRUTAL on the WILD’S second goal BUT made up for that on the LEAFS’S 3rd goal!!
The WILD looked like the NORTH STARS if you took away the front logo!!
MITCH MARNER?: Just another FOUR games with points and he will have TORONTO’S consecutive point record!!
BTW, I always thought that the DALLAS hockey club should have been called the SOUTH STARS!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

For hockey fans who like JAZZ:
John Tavares and I believe a few other MAPLE LEAFS like to vacation in MUSKOKA.
Check out:
THE BEST JAZZ BALLAD EVER WRITTEN!!:
AUTUMN IN MUSKOKA!!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLLHZmRvMj4&list=PLpPgqItQXIhUZ1JqZ86jgPg7mlF5wLLi8&index=1

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

JOHN TORTORELLA: AUGUST, 2020:
Toronto was GREAT!! We SUCKED!!
He should have same the same thing on NOVEMBER, 2, 2022!!
The FLYERS have a MORGAN that did NOT play.
The LEAFS have a MORGAN that DID play!
The FLYERS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with: SANS!
The LEAFS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with SAMS!!
SAMS won ALTHOUGH he was BRUTAL on the FLYER’S second goal!!
The FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER SAMSONOVA could have stopped that shot!!
TORTORELLA likes the word: SUCK(ED)!!
He used it quite often in an overtime loss to the BLUE JACKETS earlier this year!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

For hockey fans who like JAZZ and EXERCISE:
ENDORPHIA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlHqH3yabOg

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

In a few days, it will be the 22nd anniversary of the BIGGEST COLLAPSE IN MAPLE LEAF HISTORY for ONE GAME!!!
The LEAFS led 5-0 after TWO periods and LOST the game 6-5 in OVERTIME against ST. LOUIS!!
I can ensure you that the LEAFS were NOT celebrating TIE DOMI’S HAT TRICK that night!!
Exactly a month later, 33 years ago, the LEAFS made their BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER for ONE GAME!
Down 6-1 against BOSTON, in the second period, they came back to win 7-6 on WENDEL CLARK’S OVERTIME GOAL!!

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