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T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Attendance: 17,645
Unbeaten Golden Knights welcome Wings to Vegas
Detroit Red Wings at Vegas Golden Knights
- The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes, 4-2, last night in Arizona, improving to 2-1-0 on the road in 2017-18. Detroit lost its last three road tilts in 2016-17, and went 3-7-1 in the last 11 games away from home overall last year.
- Vegas throttled Arizona, 5-2, in its first game at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night, becoming the first expansion team to win its first three games all-time. Four of the Golden Knights' nine markers in 2017-18 were scored in the first period on Tuesday night.
- Marc-Andre Fleury has been in net for all three of the Golden Knights' contests this season. With a victory tonight, Fleury will be just the second goalie in the last four seasons to win his clubs' first four games of the season (also Martin Jones for the Sharks in 2015-16).
- Detroit went 9-7-1 in the second of back-to-back tilts last season. The Wings had four total shutouts in 2016-17, with three of those coming in the second game of back-to-backs.
- Mike Green assisted on two of the Wings' markers last night, recording his third multi-helper performance of the season, and giving him eight assists overall in 2017-18 -- tied with Evgeny Kuznetsov for tops in the league. The last blueliner to record eight assists in his team's first four games of the season was Brian Campbell for the Sabres in 2007-08.
- James Neal lit the lamp twice Tuesday night, giving him five of Vegas' nine markers in 2017-18. Neal has been held without a point in each his last six skates vs. the Red Wings (dating to the beginning of 2014-15).
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LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights are the first expansion team in NHL history to win its first three games.
They will look to extend the streak during a lengthy homestand.
The Golden Knights, who cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday in their first home game at T-Mobile Arena, play their next six games in Las Vegas starting with a Friday night contest with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Golden Knights (3-0-0) will also play the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche before hitting the road again Oct. 30, when they face the New York Rangers.
"You don't see that too often, right?" goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, off to a 3-0-0 start with a 1.32 goals-against average, said of the seven-game homestand. "It will be good to just be home and spend some time with the family and the guys and have some good practices."
The two-day break after an emotional home opener couldn't have come at a better time for the Golden Knights. The pregame ceremony Tuesday included a moving tribute to victims and first responders to the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 people a couple blocks from T-Mobile Arena less than two hours after the team's final preseason game.
Vegas players had spent much of their free time visiting with victims in the hospital and also first responders.
"Yeah, emotions have been running high every game in the last week and even bigger when we were playing at home Tuesday," said Golden Knights left winger James Neal, who has five goals, including all three game-winners. "It's kind of good to recharge and reset the minds and the body and kind of settle in there a little bit."
Especially when the team remains unbeaten.
"We're really happy with where we are right now," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "Obviously with a 3-0 start, it's a great start for us and our franchise. But we're just taking it one day at a time."
Detroit (3-1-0) will conclude a four-game road trip that began with a 2-1 shootout victory at Ottawa. The Red Wings took a 4-2 loss at Dallas on Tuesday before recording a 4-2, come-from-behind win at Arizona on Thursday night.
Goalie Jimmy Howard improved to 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA after stopping 33 shots against the Coyotes.
"It will be cool to see the new atmosphere (in Vegas)," said Red Wings center Dylan Larkin, who set up Luke Glendening for the game-winning short-handed goal at Arizona with 3:24 remaining. "I've heard great things. It'll be a lot of fun. Back to back, we've got to get a lot of rest tonight and then play hard tomorrow."
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall returned to the lineup Thursday after missing three games with a groin injury and played 17:27, but defenseman Danny DeKeyser missed the game with a sore left foot after blocking a shot in the loss to the Stars. DeKeyser is listed as day-to-day.
"Detroit is a good team," Gallant said of the franchise he starred with for nine seasons. "They're a fast team. They're off to a pretty good start this year. I think it's going to be a fast game. They're got a lot of quick forwards. Hopefully we'll play well against them."
Updated October 13, 2017