Golden Knights Gameday
Golden Knights Gameday 69: (Nice): Lines and Notes vs Flames
The Vegas Golden Knights (42-20-6, 90 points) return home tonight at 7:00 p.m. to play the
The Vegas Golden Knights (42-20-6, 90 points) return home tonight at 7:00 p.m. to play the Calgary Flames (30-24-14, 74 points) in a critical matchup in the stretch run leading up to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
No lineup changes are expected for the Golden Knights and Jonathan Quick is expected to start. The VGK return home for a brief two-game homestand after they collected eight out of possible ten points on their last road trip.ca
What to Watch For
It should go without saying that tonight's game is of critical importance to the standings and leadup to the playoffs. The Calgary Flames are fighting for just a shot at a Wild Card spot as they are currently five points behind the Winnipeg Jets for that position. The Golden Knights, who are first in the Pacific and now ahead of the Los Angeles Kings by three points, can put a big dent in the Flames playoff hopes tonight.
Given the inter-divisional matchup, the Golden Knights want to finish this one in regulation. But the Flames have went to overtime and loss a league high 14 times, which is a big reason why they are still alive in the push for the playoffs.
The Golden Knights have been getting great contributions from their trade deadline aquistions Ivan Barbashev, Teddy Blueger, and Jonathan Quick so far. Both Barbashev and Blueger scored in the team's most recent win against the Flyers and Quick has yet to lose a game with the VGK.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Pavel Dorofeyev
Paul Cotter- Chandler Stephenson- Phil Kessel
Brett Howden- Teddy Blueger- Michael Amadio
Nicolas Hague- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Alec Martinez- Zach Whitecloud
Jonathan Quick/Jiri Patera
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Amadio, Smith, Stephenson, Eichel, Theodore
PP2: Marchessault, Barbashev, Karlsson, Kessel, Pietrangelo
PK1: Karlsson, Smith, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Stephenson, Blueger, Whitecloud, Martinez
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Logan Thompson, Laurent Brossoit, Will Carrier, Keegan Kolesar, Adin Hill/Ben Hutton
Projected Flames Line Combinations
Jakob Pelletier- Elias Lindholm- Tyler Toffoli
Jonathan Huberdeau- Nazem Kadri- Dillon Dube
Andrew Mangiapane- Mikael Backlund- Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic- Adam Ruzicka- Walker Duehr
Mackenzie Weegar- Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin- Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov- Troy Stetcher
Jacob Markstrom/Dan Vladar
Flames Special Teams
PP1- Backlund, Lindholm, Pelletier, Toffoli, Andersson
PP2- Dube, Kadri, Mangiapane, Weegar, Huberdeau
PK1- Backlund, Coleman, Hanifin, Tanev
PK2- Lindholm, Dube, Weegar, Andersson
Olivier Kylington, Michael Stone/Trevor Lewis, Nick Ritchie, Dennis Gilbert, Kevin Rooney
How to Watch/Listen
7:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.