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Reports From Both Detroit And Vegas

02/07/2019 at 2:33pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Golden Knights are a bit different from the team the Wings played last season, having added Max Pacioretty, the former Montreal captain, in a September trade, and center Paul Stastny as a free agent last July 1.

"(Pacioretty's) a real goal scorer," Blashill said. "He's scored in this league for a long, long time. I think that Stastny's one of the more underrated centermen in the league. I've thought that for awhile. One of my best friends that coaches the national team development program, Seth Appert, had him at Denver, so I've known lots about him, his character and all that stuff. I think he's real underrated.

"In a league where everybody just falls in love with skating he does it with his smarts and his hockey sense and his skillset. That combination of him and Pacioretty, you got a real passer, a guy who can hold on to the puck, create space and dish it to him. That can be a lethal combination. It doesn't surprise me that they're having success together."

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from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

“You look at their record and they’re in the back of the pack in their division, but they’re a good hockey team,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “Again, there’s no games you can come into and say, ‘Well, you’re going to win this game.’ You’ve got to play your best to win no matter who you’re playing, and Detroit’s a good team. They work hard, they’ll compete hard, and they’re doing a good job, especially lately.”

The Knights (30-21-4, 64 points) are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, which snapped their franchise-long, four-game losing streak....

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (28-15-4, 2.49 goals-against average, .911 save percentage) will start for the Knights....

“They’ve got a lot of speed up front, and their speed comes with skill, too,” Knights forward Ryan Reaves said. “If you don’t eliminate their speed and play them physical and get in their face, they’re going to blow by you. They’ve got a lot of guys that can blow by everybody and go on a 2-on-1 or on a breakaway, so you’ve got to make sure you’re taking care of that.”

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