Las Vegas–After practice ahead of tomorrow’s matchup against the Anaheim Ducks we caught up with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore on his thoughts of facing his former team, Corey Perry, and the atmosphere at Honda Center.
Theodore was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks back in 2013 in the 1st round at 26th overall.
In his time with the Ducks, Theodore played in 53 total regular season games where he scored 5 goals and knotted 12 assists for 17 points.
“For us, I feel just like keep it simple, their a good team, their a well known team, their backend is really strong, we just have to go in there a play a solid road game, I feel like we’ve been slipping on the road quite a bit so I feel like we had a good couple of practices and were definitely ready to go for tomorrow on the road.” Theodore on facing the Ducks.
The Golden Knights road record since the season started has been 4-5-0-1 where they have collected just 9 points. The majority on their losses from the trip back east where they finished 1-4-1 (the Senators game was their only victory).
With Vegas this season, Theodore thru 5 games played has produced 1 assist. That assist was tallied back on the team’s 6 game road trip to the Eastern Conference where it was recorded in their 5-4 loss in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The former Duck’s blueliner provided his thoughts on playing against Anaheim’s winger Perry.
“Practiced against him for the past couple of years, he’s a good player, shifty player, your gonna have to be on your toes.” Theodore on Perry.
Perry thru 20 games this season has scored 4 goals, knotted 12 assists for 16 points. For Perry he sits 2nd overall in points behind fellow forward Rickard Rakell who leads the Ducks with 18.
With Honda Center the capacity crowd that fills “The Pond” is 17,174 makes an intimate setting for hockey fans, Theodore described what the atmosphere is going to be like for the Golden Knights and what to expect from the Ducks faithful.
“I think it’s going to be a good atmosphere it was great every game that I played there, I expect with a new team you know heading to some divisional rivals it’s going to be a good crowd.” Theodore on the atmosphere at Honda Center tomorrow night.
Theodore gave his thoughts on Vegas getting off to fast start against Anaheim tomorrow.
“I feel like we can’t play too much of a run and gun game, we have to keep it simple, keep it strategic, and just play our own style and I feel like the rest will take care of itself.” Said Theodore.
Tomorrow night’s matchup against the Anaheim Ducks has a 7:30 pm PT puck drop.