The Vegas Golden Knights (34-28-4) return home to host the Nashville Predators (37-23-4) Thursday at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas and Nashville will close their three-game series with Thursday’s game. Teams have split the series for the season so far, with the road team winning every game.
Thursday’s game is Pete DeBoer’s 1,000th game as NHL head coach.
KNIGHT OF CHARITY
The Vegas Golden Knights and AT&T SportsNet will host their fourth annual Charity Knight on Thursday, March 24, when the team’s game against the Nashville Predators is televised at T-Mobile Arena. Funds raised during the game and its broadcast will benefit the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.
A limited number of Golden Knights Charity Knight bags filled with memorabilia and unique team-branded items will go on sale beginning at 12 p.m. PT Thursday, March 24. The bags will be available for purchase online, with a limited number available in person at T-Aréna mobile behind sections 11 and 12.
Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is a Las Vegas organization that provides high-quality, research-based medical treatments to children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in Nevada.
Charity Knight bags are co-branded Vegas Golden Knights and Adidas’ AT&T SportsNet duffel bags. The specific contents of the bags are listed below:
Charity Knight Bag Items
Blanket, hat, patch, charger, popsicle mold, poker chips, Foley Family Wines GoVino tumbler and VGK Alumni Association puck.
VIP Charity Knight Bag Items
Includes all items in the Charity Knight Bag, plus a mini souvenir gold helmet signed by a current VGK player, a pair of wireless headphones, and the VGK Alumni Association puck signed by Deryk Engelland.
Television: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340 | Sports Vegas 1460
LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights lost their second straight game with a 4-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night at Canada Life Centre.
Nashville enters action Thursday with 78 points and a 37-23-4 record in 64 games. The Predators hold the No. 1 Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and are tied on points with the Minnesota Wild. With 18 games left in front of them, the Preds have a chance to move up the Central Division standings as the second-placed St. Louis Blues sit just one point ahead of Nashville. The Predators are 6-4-0 this month and are coming off a 6-1 loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Roman Josi continues to dominate all ends of the ice as the defenseman leads the team with 78 points (18G, 60A) in 62 games. Matt Duchene leads all Nashville forwards with 66 points (34G, 32A) with Filip Forsberg close behind with 63 points (35G, 28A). Ryan Johansen (17G, 31A) and Mikael Granlund (9G, 39A) each scored 48 points.
The road team has won every game so far between Vegas and Nashville in their two meetings this season. The Golden Knights cruised to a 5-2 win over the Predators on Nov. 24 at Bridgestone Arena before Nashville tied the score with a 3-2 win on Jan. 4 at T-Mobile Arena.
VGK SCORE LEADERS
Jonathan Marchessault – 48 stitches (25G, 23A)
Chandler Stephenson – 46 stitches (15G, 31A)
Reilly Smith – 38 stitches (16G, 22A)
Shea Theodore – 37 stitches (8G, 29A)
Alex Pietrangelo – 35 points (10G, 25A)
Max Pacioretty – 29 points (15G, 14A)
Nicholas Roy – 29 points (12G, 17A)
mark the stone – 28 points (8G, 20A)
Evgenii Dadonov – 27 points (15G, 12A)
PACIFIC DIVISION PHOTO
Calgary Flames – 38-17-8, 84 points
Los Angeles Kings – 35-22-8, 78 points
Edmonton Oilers – 35-24-5, 75 points
Vegas Golden Knights – 34-28-4, 72 points
Vancouver Canucks – 30-26-8, 68 points
Anaheim Ducks – 27-27-11, 65 points
San Jose Sharks – 28-27-8, 64 points
Seattle Kraken – 20-38-6, 46 points
A VICTORY IN VEGAS WOULD BE…
– Mark the 207th win in franchise history
– Start a two-game winless streak
KEYS TO THE GAME
Back on track: With 16 games left in the regular season, it’s important the Golden Knights don’t let the last two losses affect their confidence heading into Thursday’s game.
Something to prove: The Golden Knights have gone 7-12-1 since the NHL All-Star break. Vegas stumbled on the playoff image but still considers itself a playoff team. Every game is your chance to show the rest of the league what kind of team you’re aiming for.