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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, January 18, 2020
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec  Attendance: 21,302

DeBoer, Golden Knights ready for Habs

Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens

  1. The Golden Knights beat the Senators, 4-2, in their first game under head coach Pete DeBoer. Vegas became the third franchise to earn wins in the first game under each of its first two head coaches, joining the Canadiens and the now-defunct New York Americans.
  2. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist in his first career game as a visitor in Ottawa. Teammate Max Pacioretty, who spent 10 years with the Canadiens before joining Vegas last season, was held off the scoresheet in his return to Montreal last season.
  3. Montreal has won four of the five meetings between these clubs (4-1-0), including a 5-4 overtime win on Halloween in Las Vegas this season. Only the Blues (5-0-3) have a better all-time record against Vegas.
  4. The Canadiens beat the Flyers, 4-1, in Philadelphia on Thursday, their first time scoring more than three goals since a 6-5 loss to Florida on December 29. They finished with 40 shots on goal -- it was their 13th game with at least 40 shots (6-6-1), tied with Carolina for the most in the league.
  5. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a pair of goals against the Flyers, his first multi-goal game since he had a pair against Vegas in the season finale for the Kings last year. He now has seven points (3g, 4a) in seven games for Montreal after totaling just nine (3g, 6a) in 17 games for the Kings this season.
  6. These teams top the shots on goal per game chart, as the Habs lead the league with 35.0 per game, and the Knights are right behind them with 34.2. They also both rank in the top five in hits per game -- Vegas' 27.5 rank fourth, while Montreal's 27.4 rank fifth.

The Vegas Golden Knights will be seeking to continue success under new coach Peter DeBoer when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Golden Knights won their first game under DeBoer on Thursday night, when they defeated the host Ottawa Senators 4-2.

Former Senators standout forward Mark Stone scored for the first time against his old club and assisted on another goal, and Paul Stastny produced two points (one goal, one assist) for the second time in January. Chandler Stephenson scored a short-handed goal and Ryan Reaves also tallied as Vegas evened its mark at 1-1-0 on a season-long eight-game road trip.

DeBoer, 51, led both the San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils to Stanley Cup Finals appearances in his first season with each team. The general feeling around the NHL was that the coach would not be unemployed for very long.

Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon decided to fire Gerard Gallant just 19 months after he led the expansion team to the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's a good group," DeBoer said of his new team. "After a tough week and some hard days, it was nice to get a win and move past that. There are some things we need to clean up, (but) there are way more positives than negatives here."

High-scoring forward William Karlsson is on the mend for Vegas. Karlsson, who scored 43 goals two seasons ago, is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The Swede has 10 goals in 49 games and has been replaced by Nicolas Roy.

Montreal continues to reap the benefits of the signing of left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, who joined the Canadiens on Jan. 3. The 2001 No. 1 overall pick has posted seven points (three goals, four assists) in his seven games with Montreal.

In Thursday's 4-1 road win over Philadelphia, Kovalchuk scored twice, Tomas Tatar produced a goal and two assists and Phillip Danault assisted on three goals as Montreal rebounded from Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Montreal scored four unanswered against the Flyers.

The win moved the Canadiens to 3-1-0 in their last four games after a stretch in which they lost their previous eight (0-7-1).

Kovalchuk, 36, said he and his teammates have their sights on pushing for a playoff spot -- despite the eight-game losing skid.

"That's the one goal we've got, to make the playoffs," Kovalchuk said. "So we're going to make a push, nobody is giving up in this locker room. I'm just one of the soldiers, so I'm going to go and try my best to help the team to win more games."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 17, 2020

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