Thursday, April 25, 2024

NHL Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (29-18-4) at Nashville Predators (24-18-6)

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

GOLDEN KNIGHTS UPCOMING GAMES
Golden Knights 2022-23 Record: 29-18-4, 62 points (14-13-0 at Home, 15-5-4 on Road)

DATE OPPONENT TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
Feb. 7 at Nashville Predators AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Feb. 9 at Minnesota Wild AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim Ducks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 16 vs. San Jose Sharks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 18 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM

GOLDEN KNIGHTS LAST GAME RECAP
January 28 – Vegas Golden Knights 1, New York Islanders 2 OT
The Vegas Golden Knights (29-18-4) were taken down by the New York Islanders (25-22-5), 2-1, in overtime on Saturday night at UBS Arena. After a scoreless first period, Anders Lee put the Islanders up 1-0 in the middle frame. William Carrier then tied things up 1-1 with four minutes remaining in the second. After another scoreless period in the third, Matthew Barzal scored the overtime winner for New York. Logan Thompson stopped 36 of 38 shots in the defeat.

LAST GAME BY THE NUMBERS

  • Carrier adds to his career-high season with his 12th tally of the year
  • Thompson made 36 saves on the evening to close the first half of the season with a 2.69 GAA and .913 save percentage through 35 games

Playing Clean and Killing It
The Golden Knights have consistently led the league in the least amount of penalties taken and penalty minutes served this season. With 339 total PIM, Vegas averages 2.82 penalties per 60 minutes. When the Golden Knights are in the box, the club has allowed just three goals in the last 23 times the club has been shorthanded, good for a 86.9 penalty kill percentage (6th in the NHL) since the New Year

Against the Predators
The contest between the Golden Knights and Predators is the second of three this season. The last time these teams met, Vegas conquered Nashville in a thrilling overtime victory on New Years Eve. The Golden Knights used goals from Keegan Kolesar, Michael Amadio, Chandler Stephenson, and Reilly Smith in regulation but with four seconds to go in the third, Filip Forsberg scored to force overtime. Nicolas Hague was the overtime hero for Vegas when he wired home the game-winning goal at 2:04 to lift the Golden Knights to the 5-4 win. Vegas owns an 8-5-0 overall record against Nashville and have won in their last three visits to Bridgestone Arena.

2022-23 Season NSH Series: 1-0-0 (Home: 1-0-0, Road: 0-0-0)
Dec. 31 – at Vegas (Vegas 5, Nashville 4 OT)
Feb. 7 – at Nashville
Apr. 4 – at Nashville

2021-22 Season NSH Series: 2-1-0 (Home: 1-1-0, Road: 1-0-0)
Nov. 24 – at Nashville (Vegas 5, Nashville 2)
Jan. 4 – at Vegas (Vegas 2, Nashville 3)
Mar. 24 – at Vegas (Vegas 6, Nashville 1)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

UPCOMING MILESTONES
− Nino Niederreiter is three assists from 200 in his NHL career.
− Mark Jankowski is four games from 300 in his NHL career.

RECENT/UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS
− Juuso Parssinen, Feb. 1 (22)
− Mikael Granlund, Feb. 26 (31)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
− Feb. 6: Signed forward Cole Smith to a one-year, $775,000 contract for 2023-24.
− Feb. 5: Recalled forward Tommy Novak and defenseman Kevin Gravel from Milwaukee (AHL).
− Jan. 27: Reassigned forward Tommy Novak and defenseman Kevin Gravel to Milwaukee (AHL).
− Jan. 26: Recalled defenseman Kevin Gravel from Milwaukee (AHL).
− Jan. 19: Assigned forward Michael McCarron to Milwaukee (AHL).

QUICK HITS
− The Predators have scored the first goal of the game on 29 occasions this season, the sixth-best mark in the NHL.

− Nashville has scored 19 first-period goals since Dec. 27, tied for the seventh-most in the NHL in that time span.

− Among NHL players who have taken at least 600 faceoffs, Ryan Johansen is fifth at 58.5 percent. Johansen won at least 50 percent of his faceoffs in a franchise-record 23 consecutive games, a streak that came to an end on Nov. 23 at Detroit. The previous record was held by current Predators Assistant GM Scott Nichol, who did so in 17 straight games during the 2006-07 season.

− Colton Sissons is second in the NHL in shorthanded faceoffs won (99).

− Matt Duchene has 17 points (8g-9a) in his last 20 games, including his first multi-goal game of the season on Jan. 24 vs. Los Angeles. He’s recorded multiple points in two of his last three games (3g-1a).

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