Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights make it’s first ever stopover to Canada’s Nation Capital Ottawa to take on the Senators on “Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night” and game 4 of their 6 game road trip of the Eastern Conference.
For the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights, this is the first matchup for both franchises in their respective histories in the modern expansion era of the National Hockey League.
In the modern era Senators short history in the NHL, their only player to have his number retired by the organization is former Captain and franchise player Daniel Alfredsson.
For the Senators, they finished the 2016-17 season with a 44-28-10 record for 98 points and they went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 7 game series where the eventual champions beat them in double overtime.
This season, the Senators currently have a 6-2-5 record at 17 points and hold the 2nd place spot in NHL’s Atlantic Division behind the high powered Tampa Bay Lightning in the standings.
Their team leader in the goal scoring department is forward Mark Stone with 8 on the season. He also holds the lead in points on the Senators with 14.
Forward Derek Brassard is in 2nd place in goals with 6 on the current campaign while Mike Hoffman and Ryan Dzingel each have each has 4.
As per usual, the leader in the assist column for the Senators is no surprise is Team Captain Erik Karlsson with 12 this season. He also his right behind Stone in total points with 12.
Hoffman, is the Senators 2nd place man with assists 8 and rising young star Jean-Gabriel Pageau anchors the team’s top three in assists with 7.
Veteran goaltender for the Ottawa Senators Craig Anderson is the scheduled starter between the pipes for Canada’s Capital franchise on “Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night”
For Anderson this season has a 5-2-0-3 record thru 10 starts with a 2.92 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
The hosts of the day are coming off of a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings from earlier this week.
For the Golden Knights, they have been recently bitten by the losing streak bug on their road trip away from “T-Mobile Arena” having lost their first three games on this six-game schedule.
New York Islanders 6-3, the New York Rangers 6-4, and Boston Bruins 2-1.
The struggling Golden Knights enter today’s contest against the Senators with an 8-4-0 record for 16 points and currently sit in 2nd place in the NHL’s Pacific Division right behind the Los Angeles Kings in the standings.
The biggest issue on this road trip for the Golden Knights is the third period, in all three of their losses they have been outscored 8-1 by their opponent and are sitting back with either holding a tie or the lead in the final period of play.
In order for the Golden Knights to return to their winning ways, they need to get back to playing a more simplified game, playing to their strengths, and skating the full 60 minutes to give themselves a fighting chance to take two points away from the Senators.
The Golden Knights team leader in goals is forward James Neal who currently has 7 on the season. He also holds the lead in points with 10 on the year.
Defenseman Brad Hunt is leading the Golden Knights in assists with 7 so far in this campaign.
The likely starter for the Golden Knights is Maxime Lagace who currently has a 0-3-0 record, a GAA of 4.58 and a save percentage of .855.
If he does indeed become the slated starting goaltending for the Golden Knights he will need to be at his best to get the team back on the winning side of the game.
The Injury Report
VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body).
OTT: Mark Borowiecki (illness), Bobby Ryan (fractured finger).
Will the Golden Knights snap out of their 3-game losing skid against the Ottawa Senators that will get them back on the winning side, tune in tonight and find out?
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 11:00 pm PT. Las Vegas / 2:00 pm ET. Ottawa
Television: The matchup will on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), Cox Cable channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).
Radio: The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.