Morning Skate Report: May 16, 2021
Playoff hockey returns to Las Vegas as the Vegas Golden Knights host the Minnesota Wild for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Round 1 Sunday at 12 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas and Minnesota meet for the first time in the playoffs.
The Golden Knights play playoff hockey for the fourth time in four seasons since joining the NHL in 2017-18.
Radio: FOX Sports Las Vegas 98.9 / 1340 | Deportes Vegas 1460
FESTIVITIES OF FORTRESSES
The Vegas Golden Knights will partner with Immunize Nevada and Smith’s Food and Drug to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Toshiba Plaza on Sunday, May 16 before the team welcomes the Minnesota Wild at 12:00 p.m. PT. Vaccines will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT on Sunday.
All Nevadans aged 12 or older can participate on Sunday. Participants will receive a variety of team-branded items as part of the clinic, including an exclusive hat and sticker. Masks must be worn at all times. To ensure the safety of all clinic participants, all surfaces will be disinfected and social distancing measures will be required.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Vegas Golden Knights have set specific security protocols to ensure all fans of T-Mobile Arena have a fun and safe experience. Please Click here for safety protocols, CLEAR app information, mask policies and parking information.
In their last regular season game of the year, the Golden Knights opened the floodgates in a 6-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night at the SAP Center. Dylan Sikura (2G), William carrier (1G, 1A), Jonathan marchessault (1G, 1A), Keegan Kolesar (1G, 1A) and Reilly smith (2A) each had two points while Alex Pietrangelo also found the back of the net.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Mark Stone: Stone posted a high 61 points (20G, 41A) during the regular season.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty led the team in goals with 24 and placed second in points with 51.
Shea theodore: Théodore punctuated all the defenders of the VGK with 42 points (8G, 34A).
Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault put up a solid 44 points (18G, 26A).
2020-21 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
The Golden Knights and Wild avoided him during their eight-game streak. Vegas came away 3-4-1 with two home wins and one at the Xcel Energy Center. Three games this season went beyond regulation as the Golden Knights took two overtime wins and the Wild took one shootout victory.
Mark Stone led the Golden Knights in scoring against the Wild with 10 points (2G, 8A) in seven appearances in 2020-21. Alex tuch (3G, 3A), Chandler Stephenson (2G, 4A) and William karlsson (2G, 4A) each had six points against Minnesota this season.
The Wild picked up the No. 3 seed in the Honda West Division with 75 points in the 56-game season. Minnesota stumbled in its last two games of the regular season as the Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on May 12 and 7-3 on May 13. 24th in the NHL. The Wilds have a penalty in the middle of the road with an efficiency of 80.8%.
Minnesota’s offense goes through 24-year-old rookie Kirill Kaprizov who led the team with 51 points (27G, 24A) in 55 games. Kevin Fiala scored the same 40 points (20G, 20A) to finish second for the team in scoring. Jordan Greenway has accumulated 26 assists. Cam Talbot was the Wild’s goaltender this season with a 19-8-5 record, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Honda West Division
No.1 Colorado Avalanche vs No.4 St. Louis Blues (tied series, 0-0)
No.2 Vegas Golden Knights vs No.3 Minnesota Wild (tied series, 0-0)
Scotia North Division
No.1 Toronto Maple Leafs vs No.4 Montreal Canadiens (tied in series, 0-0)
No.2 Edmonton Oilers vs No.3 Winnipeg Jets (tied series, 0-0)
MassMutual East Division
No.1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs No.4 New York Islanders (tied series, 0-0)
Washington Capitals No.2 vs. Boston Bruins No.3 (lead Capitals, 1-0)
Discover Central Division
Carolina No.1 Hurricanes vs Nashville No.4 Predators (tied, 0-0)
# 2 Florida Panthers vs # 3 Tampa Bay Lightning (tied, 0-0)
SCRATCHES OF THE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM
Stay tuned to the Golden Knights on Twitter for updates on the lineup.
IF VEGAS WINS …
Fans can purchase a free Jumbo Jack at any Jack in the Box in Las Vegas with the purchase of a large drink.
KEYS TO THE GAME PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
Nothing better than being at home: The Golden Knights have the best home rink advantage in the NHL with its state-of-the-art building and boisterous fans. T-Mobile Arena will be noisy on Sunday afternoon, and Vegas will feed off that energy in Game 1 of the playoffs.
Tight competition: Six of the eight regular season games between Vegas and Minnesota were decided by a goal. Every game in this series should be just as tight, so the Golden Knights will need to be ready for a battle.