Morning Skate: Vegas Golden Knights vs Detroit Red Wings- Preview, How to Watch
Time: 5:00pm ET
Place: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit MI
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM
Knights Blog: Knights On Ice
Well that last game was a lot more fun that the root canal on ice we had before. Robby Fabbri made himself right at home on the power play and ole buddy Tyler Bertuzzi wasn’t no time feeding him. Almost as impressive as Fabbri scoring two PPGs 48 hours after being traded for was the MLB line all but completely shutting down the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line completely. It was physical to the point of chippy at times (see Filip Hronek actually getting under Marchand’s skin enough to actually get him to drop the gloves instead of hide behind Zdeno Chara). There were scoring changes, puck movement and some great saves (looking at you Jonathan Bernier). It was fun to watch a competitive hockey game again. Here is hoping the Red Wings can build on this and make it two entertaining hockey games in a row tonight against a very good but tired Vegas Golden Knights team.
Vegas arrived into Detroit late last night after their (WIN/LOSS) in Washington. They also arrive kind of mired in middling results as well. They have not won more than two games in a row this season yet, but they also have not lost more than two games in a row either. Offensively they are lead by Mark Stone (8G/10A), William Karlsson (4G/12A), Max Pacioretty (4G/10A) and Reilly Smith (9G/4A). The blue line is a solid if unspectacular group lead by the likes of Shea Theodore, Nick Holden and Brayden McNabb. They are not an overly flashy offensive group like some of the blue lines that the Wings have faced so far, but they are very good in their own end and know how to get the puck up to their skilled forwards quickly on the breakout. In net, the seemingly never aging Marc Andre-Fleury has carried the lion’s share this season and has looked vintage doing it. Sporting a hefty .924 save percentage and an equally impressive 2.40 goals against average while playing in 15 of Vegas’ first 18 games, it is safe to say he is having an excellent start to his age 34/35 year.
Like just about every game this season, this is going to be a tough assignment for the Red Wings. Vegas play tough, together and do a lot of the little things needed to win hockey games well. Detroit is going to need to find that same effort they had against Boston. Here is hoping they can make it 2-0 in the Robby Fabbri Era.
Fun Fact, with his two goals in the win over Boston Robby Fabbri tied for sixth on the Wings in goals scored with just one game played in the Winged Wheel.