NHL Hockey

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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00 BRT, December 1, 2021
Honda Center, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 11,902

Ducks cap back-to-back set with game vs. rested Knights

Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks

  1. The Golden Knights are 18-3-0 all-time against the Ducks, including a 5-4 shootout victory in Las Vegas earlier this season (October 29). Vegas's 18 wins versus Anaheim are the most by one NHL team against another since 2017-18, the Golden Knights' inaugural season.
  2. The Golden Knights have scored half as many power-play goals this season (five) as Leon Draisaitl (10). Vegas has scored a PPG in only three of its 21 games, and no Golden Knights player has more than one power-play goal.
  3. Chandler Stephenson's current three-game goal-scoring streak ties the season high for a Golden Knights player. Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith had three-game streaks for Vegas earlier this season.
  4. The Ducks' 9-4-0 (.692) record in November tied them with the Oilers (also 9-4-0) for fourth best in the Western Conference (by points percentage), behind the Avalanche (7-2-1, .750), Wild (10-3-1, .750) and Stars (8-3-1, .708).
  5. Defensemen Cam Fowler and Kevin Shattenkirk each scored a goal for the Ducks in their shootout win against the Kings last night. Anaheim has 16 goals from defensemen this season, tied with Columbus for second most in the NHL, behind Colorado (20).
  6. Anthony Stolarz's last game was a 4-0 win against Ottawa on Friday. It was his first shutout this season and fourth shutout in 29 career starts in the NHL. His teammate, John Gibson, also notched his fourth shutout in the 29th start of his NHL career (Dec. 4, 2015).

Following a rare three-day midseason break, the Vegas Golden Knights begin a brief two-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

The injury-plagued Golden Knights enter the contest in fifth place in the Pacific Division, three points behind the third-place Ducks, who come in off a 5-4 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

It's quite a role reversal for the two teams. Last season, second-place Vegas finished 39 points above last-place Anaheim in the West Division and had 23 more wins than the Ducks during the pandemic-shortened, 56-game regular-season.

"Much better team," Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said of the Ducks. "Those teams that missed the playoffs last year, like Anaheim, like L.A. ... are hungry teams. They don't want to go through what they went through last year.

"(Anaheim) is a dangerous team and their game is real. They've beaten some good teams. Should be a good test."

The Golden Knights look to get back on track Wednesday after going 3-3-0 over their past six games.

"Division games are huge," Vegas forward Keegan Kolesar said. "Basically four points. Anaheim has been playing really well this year to start. They're a lethal team. They've got a lot of offense up front and on their defense as well and (they have) one of the best goaltenders in the league in (John) Gibson. For us, it's always about what we can do, and getting off to a good start on the road is huge."

Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague added, "Every game is important here going forward. We've got a lot of games in our division coming up. Those are obviously huge games to try and separate ourselves a little bit. We've got to make sure we're ready to go."

Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, the team's two top scorers last season, both are healthy again after missing more than a month with injuries. However, second-line center William Karlsson, who broke his foot in a 5-4 shootout win over the Ducks on Oct. 29, is still out after entering COVID protocol on Monday -- just a few days after center Jonathan Marchessault and forward William Carrier both returned from protocol.

"It's something that we're dealing with," DeBoer said. "I'm thankful that this hasn't become a runaway train like it has in some other cities and with some other teams, but it's definitely something that's still hanging around."

Anaheim won for just the second time in six games on Tuesday in the front end of its back-to-back despite blowing a 4-1 lead in the third period. Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist and scored the deciding goal in the third round of the shootout while Gibson finished with 30 saves.

"It's big for us," Shattenkirk said. "We look at our schedule and we have a tough schedule coming up here. Any time we can get two points it's huge, especially against a divisional opponent."

The Ducks won despite losing captain and second-leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf in the first period to a lower left leg injury as he threw a check along the boards.

"It's never good when a guy doesn't come back into a game -- especially him, because he's as tough as they come," said Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins, whose team won for just the second time in six games.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 1, 2021

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