Morning Skate Report: December 28, 2021
The Vegas Golden Knights (20-12-0) return to action after six days off to visit the Los Angeles Kings (14-11-5) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Crypto.com Arena.
Vegas set head coach Pete DeBoer and forward Brett howden on the COVID-19 protocol list Monday. Forward Evgenii Dadonov and defender Alex Pietrangelo were added to the roster on December 21.
The Golden Knights have had their Dec. 23 and 27 games postponed in accordance with a league-wide hiatus for COVID-19 protocols. Ticket holders for these games will have received emails from the Golden Knights regarding their tickets for these games.
Tuesday’s game is the Kings’ first home game played in the new Crypto.com arena.
Television: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9 / 1340
WATCH THE PARTY
Fans are invited to attend the official show night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the ice rink. The Vegas Golden Knights cast members will be there to enjoy the game along with the fans.
The Golden Knights saw their five-game winning streak interrupted by the Tampa Bay Lightning ibn, a 4-3 loss last Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. Brand Pierre scored twice for Vegas while Nicolas roy also found the bottom of the net. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves to help Tampa Bay close a 3-1 deficit and claim the win.
UPDATING THE OPPOSITION
The Kings face the winners of four of their last six games on Tuesday. Los Angeles is 14-11-5 and 33 points to sit fifth in the Pacific Division. The league-wide holiday break saw the Kings miss games against Vegas (December 23) and Arizona (December 27).
Anze Kopitar has a team-high 27 points (9G, 18A) in 30 games with 10 of his points on the power play. Alex Iafallo is second with 19 points (9G, 10A) while Adrian Kempe leads the club with 12 goals.
Vegas traveled to Los Angeles for the first road game of the season on October 14 and suffered a 6-2 loss to the Kings. Shea Theodore and Chandler Stephenson the two scored for Vegas in loss while Anze Kopitar netted a hat trick for Los Angeles. The teams were scheduled to meet again on December 23, but the game was postponed according to league protocols.
VGK RATING LEADERS
Chandler Stephenson – 31 points (9G, 22A)
Reilly smith – 24 tips (10G, 14A)
Mark Stone – 23 points (6G, 17A)
Shea Theodore – 22 points (6G, 16A)
Alex Pietrangelo – 22 points (5G, 17A)
Jonathan marchessault – 21 tips (14G, 7A)
Max Pacioretty – 21 tips (12G, 9A)
A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD BE …
– Score the 194th victory in franchise history
– Level the season series with the Kings at 1-1-0
THE KEYS TO THE GAME
Sound defense: The Kings have scored six goals in the only other meeting between the teams this season. It was one of two games this year the Golden Knights have allowed six goals. Stopping the LA offense is essential.
Shake off the rust: Vegas hasn’t been on the ice since last Tuesday’s game against the Lightning. The team will have used the morning skating in Los Angeles to prepare for the game and will need to be sharpened as soon as the puck drops when the game begins.