The Vegas Golden Knights (44-21-6, 94 points) will continue their current Western Canada road trip, playing the Calgary Flames (32-25-15, 79 points) at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Logan Thompson will return to the net after missing the last 18 games with a lower-body injury. Nicolas Roy and Keegan Kolesar, who are both traveling with the team and participating in practices, could also return.
This is the fourth and final matchup of the season series between these two teams. The Golden Knights are 1-2, most recently coming off a 7-2 loss to the Flames just one week ago.
The Flames are currently in the hunt for the last Wild Card position in the West, chasing the Winnipeg Jets, who they are four points behind currently.
What to Watch For
All eyes will be on Logan Thompson tonight, as he becomes the first goaltender back from injury. The Golden Knight's current goaltending situation is a complex and messy one, but the consensus 'starter' for most of the season has been LT. We'll see tonight if he can play up to this status.
It goes without saying that the Golden Knights can greatly damage the Flames' chances of making it into the Stanley Cup playoffs with a win tonight. Every point is important for both teams, but arguably more so for the Flames who are clawing for a Wild Card spot.
The Golden Knights play the Calgary Flames tonight just one week after losing to them 7-2 at home. In that game, Zach Whitecloud and Reilly Smith scored goals for the VGK and Paul Cotter got into his first career NHL fight against Troy Stecher. But the Flames scored four goals in the third period to win the game.
Pavel Dorofeyev just can't stop scoring. The rookie has four goals and two assists for six points with three of his goals being game-winners.
Reilly Smith also can't stop scoring as his point streak has hit nine games. He has four goals and seven assists for eleven points in the stretch, and with a point tonight, can set a Golden Knights record for the longest point streak in franchise history.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Pavel Dorofeyev
Chandler Stephenson- Nicolas Roy- Phil Kessel
Brett Howden- Teddy Blueger- Michael Amadio
Nicolas Hague- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Alec Martinez- Zach Whitecloud
Logan Thompson/Jonathan Quick
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), Laurent Brossoit, Will Carrier, Nicolas Roy, Keegan Kolesar, Adin Hill/Ben Hutton, Paul Cotter
Projected Flames Line Combinations
Andrew Mangiapane- Elias Lindholm- Tyler Toffoli
Jonathan Huberdeau- Mikael Backlund- Blake Coleman
Nick Ritchie- Nazem Kadri- Dillon Dube
Milan Lucic- Trevor Lewis- Walker Duehr
Noah Hanifin- Rasmus Andersson
Nikita Zadorov- Mackenzie Weegar
Dennis Gilbert- 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 Chris Tanev/Adam Ruzicka, Walker Duehr, Jakob Pelletier, Kevin Rooney
How to Watch/Listen
6:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.