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T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Attendance: 18,188
Knights hope power play stays hot vs. Predators
Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
- The Predators lost to the Kings, 7-4, in Los Angeles on Saturday. It was already the third time this season they've allowed at least five goals. Nashville didn't allow five goals in a game until its ninth game of the season last year.
- Matt Duchene is off to a fast start to his Nashville career, already recording nine points (2G, 7A), the most by any player who switched teams this offseason. It's the second most by any Predator through five games with the team -- Steve Sullivan had 11 in February 2004.
- These teams have split their six all-time meetings, with one of Vegas' wins coming in a shootout. Nashville has gone 0-for-17 with the man advantage against the Golden Knights, one of two teams yet to score a power-play goal against Vegas (Pittsburgh, 0-for-11).
- The Golden Knights beat the Kings, 5-2, in Los Angeles on Sunday. They've averaged 5.0 goals per game and 1.5 goals against in their four wins, while they've been outscored 8-4 in their two losses.
- Reilly Smith opened the scoring on Sunday with his fourth goal of the season. Since returning from an injury on February 1 of last season, Smith leads the Knights in goals (14) and points (31).
- Since the start of last season, the Predators have gotten 213 points from defensemen, behind only San Jose (231) and Tampa Bay (224). In that same timeframe, the Golden Knights have allowed opposing defensemen to record just 149 points, third fewest in the league.
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The Vegas Golden Knights will attempt to win their third game in the span of just four days when they host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
The Golden Knights swept their weekend back-to-back games in convincing fashion, cruising at home past the defending Pacific Division-champion Calgary Flames 6-2 on Saturday night, then downing the Kings 5-2 at Los Angeles on Sunday.
Paul Stastny scored three goals in the two wins and had two goals and two assists in the victory over the Kings. Vegas, which entered the contest just 3 of 17 on the power play, was a perfect 3-for-3 with the extra man against Los Angeles and also killed off all three penalties that it took.
"That was the difference in the game," said Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant, who picked up his 250th NHL coaching victory. "The power play scored three goals and the PK (penalty kill) has been really good all year long.
"We've got some top players, and when they make plays like they did (Sunday night), then we're going to have success."
Stastny had two of the power play goals and helped set up Max Pacioretty, who also had two assists, on the other.
"I think two wins is probably more important," said Stastny, when asked about his fourth career four-point game. "Our power play was clicking well (Sunday). We got some opportunities and we scored big goals when we needed it. And 'Flower' was unbelievable for us."
Flower would be goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who stopped 69 of the 73 shots he faced in the two games.
Las Vegas will be the second stop of a three-game western swing for Nashville, which opened the season by winning three of four games at home. The Predators will have had a two-day break since losing 7-4 to the Kings at Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Nashville fell behind 4-1 after two periods in that contest only to rally to tie it 4-4 on goals by Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Duchene and Colton Sissons in the first nine minutes of the third period. But the Kings scored three goals in the final minute, including the go-ahead score by Andy Iafallo with 59 seconds left, to win. Los Angeles added two empty-netters after that.
"They were better than us, plain and simple, for the first two periods, and we didn't play well at all for some reason," Predators defenseman Roman Josi told NHL.com. "We just came out flat, and if it wasn't for (goaltender Juuse Saros, who had 31 saves), it could have been a lot worse. We battled back, but we can't dig ourselves a hole like that through two periods."
"We get the three (goals) and should be going to overtime," Duchene said. "They get one at the end there and that was disappointing because I felt like we at least deserved one point. But it's a good wake-up call for us early in the season.
"We've got to take the lessons from (Saturday night)," Duchene added. "That one stings because when we tied it, we at least believed we were going to OT, and we like our team in OT. It's disappointing."
The Predators conclude their road trip on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes in Phoenix.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 14, 2019