The Vegas Golden Knights (16-5-1, 33 points) will play their final game of a three-game homestand and the second of a back-to-back Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks (7-10-3, 17 points) at 7 p.m.
This is the second meeting in six days between these two teams. The Golden Knights defeated the Canucks 5-4 on Monday in Vancouver. The VGK are 11-1-3 all-time against the Canucks.
The Golden Knights will wear their reverse retro jerseys for the first time this season. To play off the jersey’s glow-in-the-dark effect, fans in attendance will receive glow-in-the-dark rally towels.
Given that Adin Hill played last night, Logan Thompson is expected to start for the Golden Knights. He will get a chance to debut his new reverse retro pad setup.
Brett Howden remains out with a lower-body injury and is not expected to travel with the team on their four-game road trip out East, which begins on Monday. Based on practice lines, Jake Leschyshyn will slot in as the Golden Knight’s fourth-line center and take Michael Amadio out of the lineup.
What To Watch For
Look at Bo Go
Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat has 12 goals in his last 12 games and is tied for the league lead in goals this season with 16. With the Canucks continuing to struggle, trade rumors around Horvat, who is in the last year of his $5.5 million contract, have started up.
The Golden Knights could use some depth scoring, given their issues on the third line. Horvat could be a trade candidate for them as we inch closer to the NHL trade deadline. Even if he isn’t, the VGK need to circle his no. 53.
With 21 points in 22 games, Alex Pietrangelo is on pace to crush his career high in points of 54, which came in 2017-18 with the St. Louis Blues. He has seven points in his last five games and has had four three-point games this season
It seems like he has finally adjusted to Bruce Cassidy’s new coaching systems.
Golden Knights defensemen have a total of 49 assists this season and 57 points in total, and only the trail the Erik Karlsson-led San Jose Sharks in this department.
A thing that has flown under the radar this season is the Golden Knight’s success at staying disciplined. They currently lead the league in the fewest penalty minutes per game this season with 5:31 total.
The Golden Knight’s penalty kill is 22nd in the league at 76.92%. On the PK, Reilly Smith leads the league in shorthanded goals with three this season. Staying out of the box will be critical against the Canucks 27.1% powerplay, which is fifth in the league.
Projected Vegas Golden Knights Line Combinations
Chandler Stephenson- Jack Eichel– Mark Stone (c)
Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson– Reilly Smith
Paul Cotter- Nicolas Roy- Phil Kessel
William Carrier- Jake Leschyshyn- 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: Howden, Karlsson, Smith, Kessel, Theodore
PK1: Karlsson, Smith, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Stephenson, Stone, Martinez, Whitecloud
Brett Howden/Michael Amadio, Ben Hutton
Projected Canucks Line Combinations
JT Miller- Bo Horvat (c)- Nils Hoglander
Andrei Kuzmenko- Elias Pettersson- Ilya Mikheyev
Connor Garland- Curtis Lazar- Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua- Nils Aman- Vasily Podkolzin
Oliver Ekman-Larsson- Ethan Bear
Quinn Hughes- Luke Schenn
Kyle Burroughs- Tyer Myers
Thatcher Demko/Spencer Martin
Canucks Special Teams
PP1- Boeser, Horvat, Pettersson, Miller, Hughes
PP2- Kuzmenko, Podkolzin, Mikheyev, Garland, OEL
PK1- Miller, Mikheyev, Bear, Myers
PK2- Horvat, Pettersson, Hughes, Schenn
Micheal Ferland, Travis Dermott, Tanner Pearson, Tucker Poolman, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Jack Studnicka/Sheldon Dries, Jack Rathbone, Riley Stillman
How to Watch/Listen
7:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+, and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.