Morning Skate Report: Jan. 28, 2023

The Vegas Golden Knights (29-18-3) play their final game of the trip against the New York Islanders (24-22-5) at UBS Arena on Saturday at 4:30 PM PT.

Broadcast information
TV: AT&T Sportsnet
Radio: FOX SPORTS LAS VEGAS 98.9/1340
Watch Party: Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, 24 Oxford

Saturday’s game is the second game of the season between Vegas and New York.

Vegas is on the final stretch of a four-game road trip. Vegas is 0-2-1 so far.

season series
The Golden Knights are 0-1-0 against the Islanders this season. The last time the two clubs met was on 17 December at the T-Mobile Arena, where the Islanders won his 5–2 victory. Riley Smith Scored both goals for the Golden Knights.

last timeout
The Golden Knights lost 4-1 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Four different Rangers won, but Phil Kessel He was the only player to find the back of the net in Vegas.

VGK Scoring Leader
chandler stevenson ・43 points (11G, 32A)
Mark Stone ・38 points (17G, 21A)
Jack Eachel ・34 points (15G, 19A)
William Carlson ・34 points (11G, 23A)
Riley Smith – 32 points (18G, 14A)
Jonathan Marcheso ・32 points (15G, 17A)
Alex Pietrangelo ・31 points (5G, 26A)

milestone watch
Riley Smith – 8 goals away from NHL 200 goals
Chandler Stephenson – 3 points away from 200 NHL points
Jonathan Marcheseau – 7 points away from 400 NHL points

Pictures of the Pacific Division
Los Angeles Kings – 28-17-6, 62 points
Seattle Kraken – 28-15-5, 61 points
Vegas Golden Knights – 29-18-3, 61 points
Edmonton Oilers – 27-18-4, 58 points
Calgary Flames – 24-17-9, 57 points
Vancouver Canucks – 20-26-3, 43 points
San Jose Sharks – 14-25-11, 39 points
Anaheim Ducks – 15-29-5, 35 points

Opposition Update
Heading into the game against Las Vegas, the Islanders remain sixth in the Metropolitan Division with 53 points. They’ve gone 2-5-3 in their last 10 games, most recently with his 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Brock Nelson is New York’s leading scorer with his 45 points (19G, 26A). Mathew Barzal is 42 (11G, 31A) and he is second, and Anders Lee is 34 (18G, 16A) and he is third. Nelson and goaltender Ilya Sorokin will represent the Islanders in the 2023 NHL All-Star Game.

Vegas wins…
– Marks the 246th win in franchise history
– Give the Golden Knights a consistent 5-4-1 record against the Islanders

game key
Power play: The Islanders rank 31st in penalty kills with 15.7%, while Vegas ranks 11th in power plays with 23.7%. Vegas needs to generate more offense to win the game, and power play is a good place to start.

Last game before break: Saturday’s game is the last game before the All-Star break. By scoring two points before the downtime continues, Golden his Knights will be able to get back on track when play resumes.

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