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NHL Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (14-5-2) at Calgary Flames (8-10-3)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

AGAINST THE FLAMES The Vegas Golden Knights will face the Calgary Flames for the first time this season at Scotiabank Saddledome. Last season, Vegas split the four-game season series, 2-2-0 against Calgary but was outscored 11-15 by the Flames. In their first meeting, Calgary handed Vegas its first loss of the season after coming back from a 2-0 Vegas lead. The next time the Golden Knights and Flames faced off, it was Vegas who completed the comeback after entering the third period down, 3-1. Using goals from Zach Whitecloud and William Carrier in the third period, Vegas and Calgary entered overtime where Alex Pietrangelo scored less than a minute in to give the Golden Knights the victory. In the third game of the season series, Vegas entered the third period trailing, 3-2, but the Flames’ offense exploded to tally four unaswered goals to defeat Vegas, 7-2. Calgary’s win was its first ever at T-Mobile Arena after Vegas had won the previous eight (8-0-0). Just a week later, Jonathan Marchessault and Michael Amadio scored less than five minutes apart but Milan Lucic cut the lead to one for Vegas to enter the first intermission ahead, 2-1. After a scoreless middle frame, Nicolas Roy gave Vegas a cushion to its lead which ultimately stood as the game winner. The Golden Knights hold an 12-6-0 all-time record against the Flames but are 4-5-0 when playing at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Recently, Vegas and Calgary have played in tight contests with four of their last seven meetings being one-goal games.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Golden Knights will head to Western Canada for three more contests on the road after playing their first home game in two weeks on Saturday night. At the end of November, Vegas will have played nine of its 14 games this month on the road. Vegas Golden Knights: Media Notes

THE BACK-TO-BACKS

The Golden Knights will play Calgary for the opening game of their fourth back-to-back this season. So far, Vegas is 1-0-2 in the first game of a doubleheader and 1-2-0 in the second game. The Golden Knights have three back-to-backs in November, and this week’s matchup with Calgary and Edmonton is the third of the month.

THE BEST IN THE WEST

Vegas remains as the number one team in the Western Conference with 30 points, followed closely by Los Angeles and Vancouver with 29 points each. The Golden Knights are 11-3-1 against Western Conference opponents this season and will meet three more on this road trip in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Vegas’ 11 victories against the West are the most by a team against any conference this season (VAN, 10-4-0 ; LAK, 6-2-1 against Western Conference).

CALGARY FLAMES NOTES:

This is the first of four meetings this season between the Flames and Golden Knights. Calgary and Vegas split the season series in 2022-23. This is a Pacific Division matchup; the Flames have a record of 3-1-0 against Pacific Division teams and a record of 6-5-0 against Western Conference opponents.

LAST SEASON VERSUS VEGAS:

The Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights met four times during the 2022-23 season, with the Flames recording points in three of the four contests. Their first meeting came on October 18 th, 2022 with the Flames erasing an early twogoal deficit to come back and win 3-2. In their second meeting, the Flames got goals from Jakob Pelletier, Jonathan Huberdeau and Mikael Backlund. Vegas would be the team to comeback in meeting number two, as they rallied late with Alex Pietrangelo scoring the overtime winner. Their third tilt saw Calgary win their first game on the road in Vegas with a 7-2 triumph. Mikael Backlund scored for the third-straight game against the Golden Knights, while Blake Coleman recorded two goals. Dillon Dube and MacKenzie Weegar also found the back of the net for the Flames in that game. The season finally came in March with Vegas edging Calgary 3-2 at the Saddledome.

MONDAY FUNDAY:

Tonight’s game will be Calgary’s third contest to fall on a Monday, recording points in both prior such games. Their first outing on a Monday came on October 16th in Washington, with Adam Ruzicka and Dillon Dube both scoring in a 3-2 shootout defeat at Capital One Arena. The Flames next Monday clash was a week ago today in Seattle, where they rallied late in the third to knock off the Kraken 4-3 in overtime. Calgary registered points in 10 of their 13 games on Monday during the 2022-23 season, going 5-3-5.

DOME SWEET DOME:

The Flames get set to kick off a six-game home stand tonight against Vegas. Following tonight, Calgary will welcome Dallas for the second time this month on Thursday, before hosting Vancouver, Minnesota, Carolina, and finish off on December 9 th against New Jersey. This will be one of two six-game homestands for the Flames this season, as they will play six-straight on home ice from January 16th to 27th prior to the NHL All-Star break.

2022-23 Season Record vs. VGK: 2-1-1

Last Home Win vs. VGK: October 18, 2022 – Vegas [2] vs. Calgary [3]

Last Road Win @ VGK: March 16, 2023 – Calgary [7] at Vegas [2]

Last Home Loss vs. VGK: March 23, 2023 – Vegas [3] vs. Calgary [2]

Last Road Loss @ VGK: February 23, 2023 – Calgary [3] at Vegas [4] (OT)

FLAMES RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Nov. 26 – reassigned Nick DeSimone (D) to Calgary (AJL)

FLAMES RECENT INJURIES (Total man games lost – 70)

Jakob Pelletier – upper body injury (21 games, 10/11/23 – pres.)

Kevin Rooney – upper body injury (21 games, 10/11/23 – pres.)

Oliver Kylington – (21 games, 10/11/23 – pres.)

Adam Ruzicka – upper body injury (4 games, 10/26/23 – 11/7/23)

Jacob Markstrom – upper-body injury (2 games, 11/10/23 – 11/ 14/ 23)

Connor Zary – lower body injury (1 game, 11/22/23)

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