Morning Skating Report: February 18, 2022

The Vegas Golden Knights (28-18-3) are looking to get back to winning ways against the Los Angeles Kings (24-17-7) Friday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

REMARKS
Vegas takes on Los Angeles for the third time this season and the first time at home. The teams split the season series, 1-1.

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

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights lost 2-0 to the Colorado Avalanche in their final game last Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
The Kings have had a solid first half of the season as they sit fourth in the Pacific Division with a 24-17-7 record and 55 points heading into Friday. Los Angeles is 1-1-0 this month and is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. January has been kind to the Kings as they went 9-4-1 in the month.

Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 42 points (14G, 28A) in 48 games. Viktor Arvidsson ranks second on the team with 30 points (13G, 17A) while 2022 NHL All-Star Adrian Kempe (19G, 9A) and Alex Iafallo (14G, 14A) are tied for third.

SEASON SERIES
Vegas and Los Angeles split the first pair of games this season, with both teams going 1-1-0 against each other. The Kings picked up a 6-2 win over the Golden Knights on Oct. 14, but Vegas turned the script on its head with a 6-3 victory on Dec. 28 in Los Angeles. Jonathan Marchessault (2G, 1A) and Chandler Stephenson (2B, 1A) both lead the Golden Knights in points against the Kings this season with three points apiece.

VGK SCORE LEADERS
Chandler Stephenson – 38 points (12G, 26A)
Jonathan Marchessault – 33 points (20G, 13A)
Shea Theodore – 32 points (8G, 24A)
Reilly Smith – 32 stitches (13G, 19A)
mark the stone – 28 points (8G, 20A)
Alex Pietrangelo – 27 points (7G, 20A)
Max Pacioretty – 23 points (12G, 11A)
Nicholas Roy – 22 points (8G, 14A)

A VICTORY IN VEGAS WOULD BE…
– Mark the 202nd win in franchise history
– Start a two-game losing streak

KEYS TO THE GAME
Open the Flood Gates: Vegas went two scoreless games. Once a goal is scored, it will give the team confidence to go and score as a group.

Emotional Boost: With Mark Stone out of lineup, the Golden Knights are missing their emotional leader. With bonus points, Vegas needs its leadership core to come together and lead the group to victory.

Amanda J. Marsh