The Best of the Day preview kicks off the week on the ice with NHL tips for a clash between desperate rivals the Vegas Golden Knights and Calgary Flames.
11:00 (AEDT) @ T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
History: Played 9: Golden Knights 6 V Flames 3
Last meeting: October 13, 2019: Golden Knights 6 d Flames 2 at T-Mobile Arena
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down a Pacific Division showdown in the NHL. The Vegas Golden Knights are languishing near the foot of the ladder and host the fourth-placed Calgary Flames, who are also on a losing streak.
The 9-9-3 Golden Knights have lost five straight, including a 4-3 defeat away to the Kings yesterday.
🎥Gallant: I thought we played a good hockey game. We were right there most the night, battled back when we were down 3-1, just a bad result at the end. pic.twitter.com/vTc0ZKtUDC
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 17, 2019
Using our heads, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes!) to stay in this one
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 16, 2019
William Karlsson is the Golden Knights’ top scorer with 20 (14 assists, 6 goals). Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is giving up 2.68 goals per game with a save percentage of 91.4.
The 10-9-3 Flames have lost three in a row – a 3-2 OT defeat to the Blues and disappointing showings against the Stars (3-1) and Coyotes (3-0).
Matthew Tkachuk heads the Flames’ scoring leaderboard with 20 (10 goals, 10 assists). David Rittich is conceding 2.71 goals per game with a 91.4 save percentage.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 17, 2019
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 16, 2019
Vegas are 4-4-1 at home this season; Calgary are 4-7-1 on the road.
The last eight of the teams’ nine previous encounters were won by the home team. The Flames are 0-5 in Las Vegas.
The Golden Knights doled out a 6-2 thrashing to the Flames at T-Mobile Arena last month. Mark Stone and William Carrier each had a goal and an assist for the victors, while Fleury racked up 33 saves.
With both sides struggling for form and rhythm, home advantage shapes as a key. The Flames’ lack of scoring recently – with Golden Knights held to less than two goals just once in their last nine games – points to Best of the Day success for the hosts.