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What To Expect From Preseason Rosters/Lines Based On VGK’s 2 Year History

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When the Golden Knights hit the ice tomorrow for their first preseason game of the 2019-20 season, there will be a few familiar faces to most Vegas fans, but there will also be a lot of new ones too.

The team currently has 29 forwards, 17 defensemen, and five goalies available in camp. Ryan Reaves has been ruled out with an injury for what we expect to be a majority of camp but should not roll into the regular season, and Shea Theodore was described as behind in his conditioning due to his offseason procedure which leaves him unavailable for the first week or two.

That means the coaching staff has 51 players to select from when making their 20 man roster to ice on Sunday afternoon. Historically (which means the last two years), the Golden Knights go very young in their first few games. Dylan Ferguson was the goalie for each of the preseason openers and multiple rookies played both at the forward and defense. Here’s a look at how they lined it up each of the first two seasons.

2018-19 Preseason Game 1

Nosek-Karlsson-Marchessault
Pacioretty-Glass-Hyka
Carr-Duke-Kolesar
Quinney-Tynan-Wong

Holden-Miller
Bischoff-Hague
Hunt-Brannstrom

Ferguson

2017-18 Preseason Game 1

Leipsic-Tynan-Tuch
Hyka-Glass-Kolesar
Suzuki-Thompson-Carrier
Matteau-Nosek-Wong

Theodore-Reinhart
Stoner-Hunt
Bischoff-Hague

Ferguson

By rule, the NHL requires each team to ice at least eight veterans in every NHL exhibition game. (We believe the Golden Knights were issued an exemption in their first preseason game in 2017-18 as there are only three veterans in that lineup.) That’s why you see names like Pacioretty, Marchessault, Karlsson, and Holden mixed among a mass of players who have yet to make their NHL debuts.

What is more interesting though is the experimentation that goes along with the preseason. Last season, the Golden Knights tried a rash of different bottom-six options. In fact, through all seven games, they never played a third line that matched the one they used on Opening Night.

In 2017-18, the Golden Knights did not roster a single line that played together in Dallas for the franchises first game.

Gerard Gallant did, however, use the entire preseason last year to cement his ideas for the top six. Marchessault and Karlsson played five preseason games together and were matched up with their linemate Reilly Smith in four of the five (Smith didn’t play the other game). Pacioretty and Stastny found themselves on the same line for four of the five games Max played and all four of Paul’s. They rotated between Tuch and Haula on their wing, with Haula eventually winning that spot as Tuch was injured in the final preseason game.

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KTNV (Channel 13) To Broadcast All Seven Preseason Games Live

When else do you get to see Dylan Ferguson between the pipes in a Golden Knights sweater? (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Remember when the Golden Knights first laced em up this year for preseason games against the Coyotes, Avalanche, Kings, and Sharks?

Yeah, me neither, because those games were not broadcasted in the Las Vegas area. Only the final two preseason games were shown on TV in Vegas leaving five off the air.

In 2019, that won’t be the case thanks to KTNV, Channel 13, who will announce the news as soon as next week.

The Golden Knights are scheduled to play seven preseason games with four of them at T-Mobile Arena. The schedule is likely to be announced in the next month or so but those games should take place in the second, third, and fourth weeks of September with the regular season getting underway the first week of October.

AT&T Sportsnet will continue to air all regular season games that are not nationally broadcast, but KTNV will become the first local channel to air a Golden Knights game with their exclusive contract to show the preseason.

Further details of the broadcast, such as announcers, remain unknown, but this news is great news as no longer are Vegas fans going to be left searching the web for illegal streams of other teams’ Jumbotrons to watch their beloved Golden Knights in the preseason.

Golden Knights Announce Preseason Schedule

A trip to the Stanley Cup Final means a very short offseason for the Golden Knights. The NHL Entry Draft starts Friday with Development Camp shortly behind that. Then there’s a bit of a down period through July and August but we now have the dates for the next time the Golden Knights will be on the ice.

Vegas will play seven preseason games, four of which will take place at T-Mobile Arena. Here’s the schedule.

Hockey is back… in September! (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

9/16 – Arizona Coyotes
9/18 – at Colorado Avalanche
9/20 – at Los Angeles Kings
9/22 – at San Jose Sharks
9/24 – Colorado Avalanche
9/28 – Los Angeles Kings
9/30 – San Jose Sharks

Prior to the first preseason game, Rookie Training Camp will begin on September 7th with full Training Camp getting underway a week later on the 14th.

SAN JOSE SHARKS 5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3

Upcoming stories from the final preseason game. October 1st, San Jose Sharks vs.Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Is this team ready for October 6th after three lackluster home preseason games?
  • David Perron emerging as the forward responsible for the most scoring chances.
  • Final cuts are due Tuesday, Projected 23 man roster.

COLORADO AVALANCHE 4 GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2

Stories from Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche.

Preseason Opponents And Schedule Pretty Much Set

UPDATE 2 (4:41 PM 1/24/17) : After further review, the team is now confirming the dates reported are indeed accurate. They reiterated there is chance the could change, but they are the correct working dates at this moment.

UPDATE (3:28 PM 1/24/17) : Eric Tosi, Golden Knights VP of communications and content, would only confirm the fact that the current plan is to play seven games, three of which at T-Mobile Arena. The dates and opponents mentioned in this article were described as “TBD” and “still a work in progress.”

We knew there would be seven preseason games for the Vegas Golden Knights in preparation of their inaugural season Three at home, three for sure on the road, and one either neutral or away. The picture is starting to clear up thanks to some top notch reporting by Steve Carp.

Depending on the game in China, the first Vegas Golden Knights hockey game will be on September 17th at T-Mobile Arena or the 19th in Colorado.

Either way, the first team to hit the ice against the Golden Knights in Vegas will be the Kings.

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Preseason To Feature 7 Games; 3 At T-Mobile Arena

Usually preseason games are the least exciting item on the hockey schedule for fans, and especially season ticket holders who are forced to pay for them. Meaningless games in which many times the best players don’t even suit up, yet are charged equal to opening night of the regular season.

With an expansion team though, that’s a little different. It truly is the first opportunity fans will have to see a team with Vegas written across their chest play in the world’s greatest hockey league. Not to mention it’s the first chance to get to know the players, see the ice, and get the feel of what NHL hockey in Las Vegas will be like.

In an interview on the Vegas Hockey Hotline (starts at 1:14:40) GM George McPhee gave us some insight on the plans for first games in franchise history.

I’m typically fine with six games with an established club to get ready, but given that we are going to have a lot of new faces we’re going to play seven this year. I’d like to limit the travel, play the teams as close to us as possible. -George McPhee

McPhee recently mentioned the preseason schedule is 90% done.

For now, we’ve got 7 games lined up, it’s just a matter of getting the final word on the Olympics and some other things as to when we confirm. -McPhee

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