Golden Knights Gameday
Golden Knights Gameday 71: BC Bound: Lines and Notes vs Canucks
The Vegas Golden Knights (43-21-6, 93 points) will wrap up their season series against the Vancouver …
The Vegas Golden Knights (43-21-6, 93 points) will wrap up their season series against the Vancouver Canucks (31-33-5, 67 points) tonight on the road at 7:00 p.m. This is the third and final meeting of the season series with both teams being 1-1 against one another.
The VGK are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames which then followed up with a 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Injured players Logan Thompson, Laurent Brossoit, Nicolas Roy, and Keegan Kolesar are all traveling with the team. Kolesar and Roy skated this morning with only Kolesar being in a red no-contact jersey.
We will have to wait and see who will back up Jonathan Quick in goal, which could hint at which goaltender is the healthiest for the team moving forward.
What to Watch For
The Golden Knight's current goaltending situation is extraordinarily complex, and with Jiri Patera now being sent back down to the AHL, another goalie chapter has begun in Vegas leading up to the playoffs.
In short, the Golden Knights have four NHL-caliber goaltenders but no true starter. They will have to narrow down their list on not only which goaltender is healthy but ready to be the starter for the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Canucks, who can be eliminated from playoff contention tonight are not letting that stop them from playing well. They are 8-2-0 in their last ten games with Elias Pettersson and JT Miller scoring 12 points in their last 8games. Quinn Hughes also has 11 points in his last 10 and Andrei Kuzmenko 10 in his last 10.
Reilly Smith enters tonight's game on a career-high eight-game point streak. He has scored three goals and seven assists in this stretch, reaching ten points.
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
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague- Zach Whitecloud
Jonathan Quick/Logan Thompson
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
Traveling: Logan Thompson, Laurent Brossoit, Keegan Kolesar, Nicolas Roy
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Will Carrier, Adin Hill/Ben Hutton
Projected Canucks Line Combinations
Andrei Kuzmenko- Elias Pettersson- Anthony Beauvillier
Phil Di Giuseppe- JT Miller- Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua- Nils Aman- Conor Garland
Vitali Kravtsov- Sheldon Dries- Vasily Podkolzin
Quinn Hughes- Noah Juulsen
Ethan Bear- Tyler Myers
Christian Wolanin- Kyle Burroughs
Thatcher Demko/Collin Delia
Canucks Special Teams
PP1- Kuzmenko, Miller, Boeser, Hughes, Pettersson
PP2- Kravtsov, Dries, Garland, Wolanin, Beauviller
PK1- Miller, Di Giuseppe, Brisbois, Bear
PK2- Pettersson, Joshua, Juulsen, Burroughs
Tucker Poolman, Tanner Pearson, Filip Hronek, Ilya Mikheyev, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Travis Dermott
How to Watch/Listen
7:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.