NHL Hockey

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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET0:00 BRT, January 22, 2021
Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona  Attendance: 2,712

Coyotes look to even series score vs. Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights at Arizona Coyotes

  1. Vegas has won four straight against the Coyotes after dropping each of the previous three, but lost its last trip to Arizona, 4-1, on October 10, 2019. The Golden Knights have held the Coyotes to two goals or fewer in each of the wins while scoring at least four goals in each of the last three.
  2. Vegas is off to a 4-0-0 start following a sweep of the Coyotes in the two-game set in Vegas, and it has outscored opponents 16-7 so far this season. The Golden Knights have outscored opponents 9-1 in the third period this season, double that of the next-best goal differential in the closing frame (Wild, +4) and the second-most third-period goals in the NHL (Flyers, 10).
  3. Shea Theodore lit the lamp twice for his fifth career multi-goal game and first since the August 6 Round Robin game against the Blues. Theodore is one of five defensemen with multiple goals this season and his 16 shots on goal are tied for second-most by a blueliner, behind only Vancouver's Quinn Hughes (19).
  4. Mark Stone tallied a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win and has seven points (2g, 5a) in his four games this season, with at least one point in every game. He and teammates Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty have each scored a point in every game this season, matching James Neal's 2017-18 club record four-game point streak to open a season.
  5. Arizona has allowed at least three goals in every game this season, its longest streak since an eight-game run to open the 2016-17 season. The Coyotes' 15 goals allowed this season is their most through four games since 2017-18, when they allowed 16 goals in the first four games.
  6. Phil Kessel has four goals this season, most on the team and tied for third in the NHL behind Vancouver's Bo Horvat and Montreal's Tyler Toffoli (five each). Friday will mark Kessel's 849th consecutive game, the sixth-longest streak in NHL history and third-longest active streak behind Florida's Keith Yandle (868) and San Jose's Patrick Marleau (858).

Off to the best start in the franchise's four-year history, the West Division leading Vegas Golden Knights hit the road for the first time this season when they begin a back-to-back against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Vegas, behind two goals by defenseman Shea Theodore and three points from forward Alex Tuch, improved to 4-0 with a 5-2 victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Mark Stone and Alex Pietrangelo each added a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights, who play 12 of their first 16 games at T-Mobile Arena. The 4-0 start surpassed a 3-0 start in their inaugural campaign in 2017-18 when they advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Stone, named the team's first-ever captain the day before a season-opening 5-2 victory over Anaheim on Jan. 14, also became just the fourth player in NHL history to help his team to a 4-0 start by recording a point on the winning goal in each game, joining Radek Bonk (Ottawa, 1999-2000), Pat Verbeek (Dallas, 1996-97) and Jean Beliveau (Montreal, 1970-71).

"For sure, good to start with four big wins," said Stone, who leads the team with seven points (two goals, five assists). "Now it's just about getting better every day. There's still more that we can do with our execution."

"We talked during the offseason between the bubble and our training camp about getting off to a good start," said Vegas coach Peter DeBoer. "The guys put in an awful lot of work, and I think this is the direct result of how hard they prepared for the season. They wanted to get off to a good start, and we did."

Vegas now departs on a short two-game road trip to Arizona before returning for a stretch that features eight of 10 contests at home. Then it's a neutral-ice game in Lake Tahoe against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Golden Knights held a meeting Thursday morning before departing for Arizona regarding COVID-19 protocols that was longer than any they've had so far this season. DeBoer said it wasn't just to prepare for the team's first road trip of the season but also because Arizona is currently a virus hot spot.

The Coyotes took three of a possible four points in a season-opening, back-to-back home series with San Jose before losing two straight to Vegas, and they play their next four games at home. After a Sunday afternoon contest with Vegas, they play a back-to-back with Anaheim starting Tuesday night.

The Coyotes, hampered by seven penalties, fell behind 2-0 on goals by Theodore and Pietrangelo in the first 8:33 on Wednesday and trailed 5-1 early in the third period before Phil Kessel scored his fourth goal of the season to end the scoring.

"Definitely a punch in the gut," said coach Rick Tocchet. "It's one of those games you've got to flush and bounce back on Friday. That's the way it is now. We have to play really tight and not make bonehead mistakes. That's really what it comes down to."

Center Derick Brassard agreed.

"Tonight wasn't good enough," Brassard told NHL.com. "We all know that. Coaches don't have to tell us -- we know right now. ... I'm expecting Friday we're going to bounce back. That's all."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2021

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