The third 2019 preseason game for the Vegas Golden Knights will be held at the Staples Center at 7:30pm PT, against the Los Angeles Kings. Winning their first two matches, the Knights are hoping to continue their winning streak while trying out new lines and players. Preseason is a time for experimentation and learning. It’s a time to try new things without sacrificing needed points to make the playoffs. Tonight is no exception, and should be very exciting to watch.
Marchessault – Karlsson – Stone
Glass (9) – Eakin – Tuch
McKenzie (11) – Duke (37) – Brown (23)
Cotter (43) – Leschyshyn (39) – Elvenes (70)
*Pairings are unknown and may switch throughout the game
Bischoff (45) – Schuldt (4) – Hague (14) – Megna (24) – Engelland – Schmidt
Who to Watch
*First line of 81-71-61. First, let’s notice the number progression of that; it flows. Second, Smith obviously has a lot of chemistry with Karlsson and Marchy, but it will be fun to see Stone take his place tonight as he and Smith have a similar playing style. I don’t foresee a permanent change in the top two lines for the regular season, but I’m betting this new top line will find a lot of success tonight.
*Glass will be playing alongside Eakin and Tuch. This line is exciting because it has the potential to be a permanent line for the season. Eakin and Tuch are already powerhouse players, but they haven’t quite found the right third player to make a powerful line. Glass, however, is one of the rookies that has a real shot of making the team this year. If he can be an asset to this line, he will be showing that he’s ready to move up to the NHL.
*Paul Cotter . Cotter played with a lot of intensity in training camp and has been impressive offensively. He’s not on a line with current NHL players, but he can still show how far he’s come as a player and fight for a spot on the team.
*Hague and Schuldt. Both of these players, along with Whitecloud and Coghlan, are contenders for the open defenseman spot on the team. Tonight you’ll be able to watch them both and compare the two to see who is ready to move up to the NHL.
How To Watch
Las Vegas fans can watch Vegas Golden Knights vs Los Angeles Kings on KTNV Channel 13, or listen on Fox Sports Radio 98.9/1340.