Golden Knights Gameday
Golden Knights Gameday 70: Ending East: Lines and Notes vs Blue Jackets
The Vegas Golden Knights (42-21-6, 90 points) will finish up their regular-season schedule …
The Vegas Golden Knights (42-21-6, 90 points) will finish up their regular-season schedule against Eastern Conference opponents at 1:00 p.m. today as they play the Columbus Blue Jackets (21-40-7, 49 points) at T-Mobile Arena.
Despite both Logan Thompson and Laurent Brossoit participating in team practice yesterday, neither will dress as the VGK will go with Jiri Patera and Jonathan Quick in the net. No other lineup changes are expected for the Golden Knights.
This is the second and final matchup of the season series between these two teams. The Golden Knights are 1-0 against Columbus this season and 21-8-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season.
What to Watch For
There are tons of goaltending storylines surrounding this game. For the Golden Knights, they will play either the veteran Jonathan Quick or the rookie Jiri Patera, both goaltenders who nobody expected to be the team's tandem at the start of the season. The play of both of them will be under a microscope as Logan Thompson and Laurent Brossoit inch toward full health.
If Quick starts and wins, he will become the sole leader for the second-most wins by a US-born goalie. If Pater starts and wins, he will get his second-career NHL win and his first at T-Mobile Arena.
At the other end of the ice, the Golden Knights could run into former goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who was traded to Columbus in the Quick trade. With Elvis Merzlikins injured, the former VGK goaltender, who technically never played a game with the Knights, is now the starter for the CBJ.
The Golden Knight's bottom six is becoming even more clogged and convoluted with the trade deadline acquisitions that were added at the trade deadline, the emergence of Pavel Dorofeyev, and another batch of injuries. Guys like Michael Amadio, Paul Cotter, and Brett Howden have been shuffled up and down the lineup in an attempt to find the right fit on the team.
A good way for these players, who may have their jobs in jeopardy soon, to stand out is to muck things up. We have seen Howden get involved in some altercations and most recently, saw the rookie Cotter drop the gloves. Perhaps we see some more this afternoon.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Pavel Dorofeyev
Brett Howden- Chandler Stephenson- Phil Kessel
Paul Cotter- Teddy Blueger- Michael Amadio
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague- 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, Nicolas Roy, Keegan Kolesar, Adin Hill/Ben Hutton
Projected Blue Jackets Line Combinations
Johnny Gaudreau- Boone Jenner (c)- Patrick Laine
Kent Johnson- Jack Roslovic- Kirill Marchenko
Eric Robinson- Cole Sillinger- Emil Bemstrom
Liam Foudy- Lane Pederson- Mathieu Olivier
Nick Blankenburg- Erik Gudbranson
Tim Berni- Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther- Adam Boqvist
Michael Hutchinson/Daniil Tarasov
Blue Jackets Special Teams
PP1- Marchenko, Jenner, Gaudreau, Laine, Boqvist
PP2- Sillinger, Roslovic, Johnson, Bemstrom, Blankenburg
PK1- Roslovic, Robinson, Gudbranson, Peeke
PK2- Sillinger, Foudy, Blankenburg, Bayreuther
Jake Bean, Justin Danforth, Zach Werenski, Sean Kuraly, Elvis Merzlikins, Aleandre Texier
How to Watch/Listen
1:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.