Las Vegas–The 6 game road trip continues for the Vegas Golden Knights as they make their first stop in franchise history to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, this original six franchise has a storied history just like the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers which the Vegas Golden Knights have already faced on this road trip away from T-Mobile Arena. They are also one of the pioneer hockey clubs in the NHL.
They’ve also retired the following players in clubs history, Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Turk Broda, Johnny Bower, King Clancy, Tim Horton, Charlie Conacher, George Armstrong, Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Hap Day, Red Kelly, Borje Salming, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin, and Dave Keon.
This original six hockey team also has 13 Stanley Cup Championships to their credit over the years (1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1967).
For the young and rising Toronto franchise, they were another team like Edmonton who took the next step in their development. They completed the 2016-17 regular season with a 40-27-15 record for 95 points.
Currently this season, the Maple Leafs are in 3rd place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with an 8-7-0 record for 16 points.
The Maple Leafs are riding a 2-game losing skid with a 5-3 defeat by the LA Kings and a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues. So they will be looking to get back on the winning side of things against the Vegas Golden Knights.
In their last six games, the Maple Leafs, have recorded a 1-5-0 record after their 7-2-0 start of the 2017-18 season.
Forward Auston Matthews leads the team in two areas, in goals with 10 and in points with 18.
Nazem Kadri and Connor Brown share the second spot on the Maple Leafs roster with 6, while newcomer and former San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau has 5 goals
Morgan Reilly and Ron Hainsey (former Pittsburgh Penguin and 2017 Stanley Cup Winner) currently co-leads the Maple Leafs in assists this season so far with 9.
Maple Leafs Goaltending Issues
Their goaltending has been a bit on the below average side of the game this season in starting netminder Frederik Andersen. Andersen has played in 13 games with the Leafs this season and posted a 7-6-0 record with 3.48 GAA and .895 save percentage.
For the Vegas Golde Knights, they returned the winning side of the game in their 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators this past weekend and goaltender Lagace after three previous tries finally recorded his first NHL career win.
Their biggest issue still remains with their play in the third period, despite the win over the Senators on Saturday, the Golden Knights continue to be outscored 10-3, something they need to improve on going forward.
For Vegas, their record going into today’s matchup against the Maple Leafs is 9-4-0 as they still currently hold the 2nd place spot in the NHL’s Pacific division right behind the Los Angeles Kings.
They also maintain the 3rd place position in the Western Conference.
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 11 on the year.
Forwards Reilly Smith and David Perron are sharing the 2nd place spot with the Golden Knights in points with 10.
Defensemen’s Brad Hunt and Nate Schmidt are the co-leaders with the Golden Knights in assists with 7 so far in this campaign.
For Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault, he has 5 points in the last three games on this road trip (1 goal and 4 assists).
The Injury Report
VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body).
TOR: Auston Matthews (game time decision).
Babcock says Auston Matthews will be a game time decision. "A little soreness," Babcock said
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The Golden Knights can match the NHL record for the fewest games to reach 10 wins in an inaugural season set by the Montreal Canadiens (10-4-0) in 1917-18.
Will the Golden Knights start a new winning streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs, tune in tonight and find out?
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 4:00 pm PT. Las Vegas / 7:00 pm ET. Toronto
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.