Morning Skating Report: March 19, 2022

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The Vegas Golden Knights (33-26-4) look to build on their momentum by hosting the Los Angeles Kings (34-21-8) Saturday at 1 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

REMARKS
Vegas and Los Angeles will close their four-game series with Saturday’s game. The Golden Knights are 1-1-1 against the Kings this season.

Saturday’s game is the last in a short two-game home series for Vegas before the team faces Minnesota on Monday and Winnipeg on Tuesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Sports Vegas 1460

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights ended their five-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. Yevgeny Dadonov scored twice for Vegas as Brett Howden, Nicholas Roy and William Karlson also contributed on the match sheet. The Golden Knights and Panthers were tied 3-3 with less than eight minutes remaining before Roy’s breakaway goal broke the tie.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Kings head to T-Mobile Arena retaining second place in the Pacific Division with 76 points and a 34-21-8 record. Los Angeles is 5-3-1 this month and is coming off a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at Crypto.com Arena. LA went 3-1-0 on a four-game road trip to start the month with stops at Dallas (L, 4-3), Columbus (W, 4-3 OT), Buffalo (W , 3-0 ), and Boston (W, 3-2 OT). Despite the team’s high level, the Kings rank 28th in the NHL in power play and 27th in shorthandedness.

Anze Kopitar leads the team with 52 points (16G, 36A) in 63 games. The Kings have seven players who have scored 30 points this season in Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson (18G, 20A), Adrian Kempe (26G, 11A), Trevor Moore (11G, 26A), Phillip Danault (18G, 18A), Drew Doughty ( 7G, 24A) and Alex Iafallo (14G, 16A).

SEASON SERIES
Vegas has gone 1-1-1 against Los Angeles so far this season. The teams split the two games in Los Angeles, and the Kings beat the Golden Knights, 4-3, in overtime on Feb. 18 at T-Mobile Arena. Jonathan Marchessault has a team-high five points (2G, 3A) against the Kings this season while Reilly Smith (2G, 1A) and Chandler Stephenson (2G, 1A) each have three points against LA.

VGK SCORE LEADERS
Jonathan Marchessault – 47 points (25G, 22A)
Chandler Stephenson – 45 points (14G, 31A)
Reilly Smith – 38 points (16G, 22A)
Shea Theodore – 37 stitches (8G, 29A)
Alex Pietrangelo – 33 stitches (9G, 24A)
Max Pacioretty – 29 points (15G, 14A)
mark the stone – 28 points (8G, 20A)
Nicolas Roy – 28 points (12G, 16A)

PACIFIC DIVISION PHOTO
Calgary Flames – 37-16-8, 82 points
Los Angeles Kings – 34-21-8, 76 points
Edmonton Oilers – 34-23-4, 72 points
Vegas Golden Knights – 33-26-4, 70 points
Vancouver Canucks – 30-25-7, 67 points
Anaheim Ducks – 27-26-11, 65 points
San Jose Sharks – 26-27-8, 60 points
Seattle Kraken – 18-38-6, 42 points

A VICTORY IN VEGAS WOULD BE…
– Mark the 206th win in franchise history
– Give the Golden Knights a 2-1-1 record against LA

KEYS TO THE GAME
Two big points: The Golden Knights are trying to chase the Kings down the Pacific Division standings. The duality of a win in Vegas and a loss in Los Angeles will be crucial in the hunt for the playoffs.

Advantage of home ice cream: Vegas is 17-13-3 at home this season. That mark falls short of the standard the team has set over its previous four seasons, but with the playoffs looming, any little extra energy T-Mobile Arena can provide to the team. team will go a long way.

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