The Vegas Golden Knights (50-22-9, 109 points) will play their final game of the regular season tonight against the Seattle Kraken (46-27-8, 100 points) at 7:30 p.m. After missing a handful of games due to injury, Jack Eichel and Shea Theodore will return to the lineup. Laurent Brossoit will start.
Brett Howden will also miss tonight's game due to personal reasons, as he is expecting the birth of he and his wife's first child. Congrats Brett!
What to Watch For
Still Stuff To Play For
Both the Golden Knights and Kraken have clinched playoff spot, but that does not mean there is nothing to play for tonight.
The Golden Knights can finally clinch first place in the Pacific Division by earning a point in any fashion. That would confirm an opening series against the Winnipeg Jets at home. The Edmonton Oilers can only pass them if they beat the San Jose Sharks and the VGK collect zero points against the Kraken.
Here's the breakdown of who VGK will play in the first round with all of tomorrow's possible results. pic.twitter.com/hMMh1H4MNJ
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Obviously, the reinforcements of Jack Eichel and Shea Theodore will bolster the team. Brett Howden missing tonight's game means that Paul Cotter is likely back in the lineup. Laurent Brossoit appears to be headed in the direction of becoming the game-one starter for the playoffs.
Eichel also has a bet with Pat McAfee for $100,000 to a charity of his choice if he scores a hat-trick.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Pavel Dorofeyev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Michael Amadio- William Karlsson- Reilly Smith
Ivan Barbashev- Chandler Stephenson- Phil Kessel
Paul Cotter- Nicolas Roy- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Ben Hutton- Nicolas Hague
Laurent Brossoit/Jonathan Quick
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Kessel, Eichel, Stephenson, Roy, Pietrangelo
PP2: Barbashev, Smith, Karlsson, Marchessault, Theodore
PK1: Karlsson, Smith, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Roy, Stephenson, Hague, Martinez
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Will Carrier, Adin Hill, Logan Thompson, Zach Whitecloud/Brett Howden, Teddy Blueger, Kaedan Korczak
Projected Kraken Line Combinations
Jared McCann- Matty Beniers- Jordan Eberle
Brandon Tanev- Alex Wennberg- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Eeli Tolvanen- Yanni Gourde- Jesper Froden
Ryan Donato- Morgan Geekie- Daniel Sprong
Jaycob Megna- Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak- Will Borgen
Carson Soucy- Justin Schultz
Joey Daccord/Philipp Grubauer
Kraken Special Teams
PP1- Bjorkstrand, Wennberg, Tolvanen, McCann, Schultz
PP2- Gourde, Beniers, Sprong, Eberle, Soucy
PK1- Wennberg, Tanev, Oleksiak, Larsson
PK2- Wennberg, Tanev, Oleksiak, Larsson
Chris Driedger, Joonas Donskoi, Andre Burakovsky, John Hayden, Martin Jones, Jaden Schwartz/Cale Fleury
How to Watch/Listen
7:30 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.