The Vegas Golden Knights (20-8-1, 41 points) will look to tie the NHL's top team, the Boston Bruins (21-4-1, 43 points), in the overall league standings Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. This is the second and final matchup of the season between these two teams. The Golden Knights became the first team to defeat the Bruins on home ice on Dec. 5 with a shootout win in Bruce Cassidy's return to Boston.
In terms of the standings, this is once again a matchup between the best team from the East and the best team from the West. The Bruins are 6-2-1 against the Golden Knights all-time.
The Bruins are coming off a rough late-third-period loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Jonathan Marchessault and the Golden Knights knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime 2-1 on Friday as well.
Despite playing Friday, Jack Eichel still remains a question mark for the VGK and is day-to-day with an injury. He appeared to pull something in his left leg against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 3. Eichel missed two games before returning against the Flyers on Dec. 9.
Also out with a leg injury, Shea Theodore has been ruled out for the Golden Knights game v the Bruins Sunday. Theodore collided with Travis Sanheim in overtime Friday and had to be helped off the ice. Head coach Cassidy said the injury is "better than what it looked like."
What To Watch For
The Bear Has Been Poked
The Bruins will be in search of revenge against the Golden Knights, who ended their perfect 14-0 home record to start the season. They will also look to rebound after the Arizona Coyotes beat them Friday night, with Lawson Crouse scoring with 14 seconds left after a non-icing call.
This, and the game against the Golden Knights, tarnished another perfect record for the Bruins, that being their record against the Western Conference. The Bruins are now 10-1-1 against the West, with the games against the Golden Knights and Coyotes being the outliers.
The Golden Knight's defense will be without both Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore for the first time this season. Without their two best defensemen, the VGK will be greatly tested on defense. Ben Hutton is expected to rejoin the Golden Knights lineup with Theodore now out.
Scoring Streaks and Stats
Two scoring stats that are worth note: Jonathan Marchessault, for the first time in his career, has scored goals in four-straight games. He is on pace for 33 goals this season, which is three more than his career high. He scored the overtime game-winning goal against the Flyers on Friday.
Will Carrier, who also scored on Sunday, is now tied for his career-high in goals with nine. The rugged fourth-liner is on fire, and one more goal will set a new personal record for him just 30 games into the season.
Projected Vegas Golden Knights Line Combinations
Chandler Stephenson- Jack Eichel- Mark Stone (c)
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Jonathan Marchessault
Paul Cotter- Jake Leschyshyn- Phil Kessel
William Carrier- Nicolas Roy- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Zach Whitecloud
Brayden McNabb- Ben Hutton
Nicolas Hague- Daniil Miromanov
Logan Thompson/Adin Hill
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Stone, Smith, Stephenson, Marchessault, Miromanov
PP2: Roy, Karlsson, Carrier, Kessel, Martinez
PK1: Karlsson, Smith, McNabb, Martinez
PK2: Stephenson, Stone, Hague, Whitecloud
Alex Pietragelo/Shea Theodore, Brett Howden/Michael Amadio
Projected Bruins Line Combinations
Brad Marchand- Patrice Bergeron (c)- Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha- David Krejci- David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall- .Charlie Coyle- Trent Frederic
Nick Foligno- Tomas Nosek- Craig Smith
Hampus Lindholm- Charlie McAvoy
Derek Forbort- Connor Clifton
Matt Grzelcyk- Brandon Carlo
Linus Ullmark/Jeremy Swayman
Bruins Special Teams
PP1- DeBrusk, Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak, McAvoy
PP2- Foligno, Zacha, Hall, Krejci, Lindholm
PK1- Coyle, Nosek, Forbort, Carlo
PK2- Bergeron, Marchand, Lindholm, McAvoy
Matt Filipe/AJ Greer, Jakub Zboril/Chris Wagner, Mike Reilly
How to Watch/Listen
5:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.