the expansion vegas golden knights sit atop the nhl with 82 points and intend to stay there for a while as they look to complete a four-game sweep of the season series against the visiting anaheim ducks on monday. the golden knights have won three straight contests after rolling to a 6-3 victory over montreal on saturday and own a comfortable lead in the pacific division.

"we don't want to let off the gas," vegas defenseman brad hunt told the las vegas review-journal. "we want to play the same way that has made us successful. we want to remain the same and stay with it. it's cool to have the (most points in the league), but we just take it day by day and get ready for anaheim." the golden knights have outscored the ducks 11-6 in the three victories but had to go to a shootout to win 4-3 in the first meeting at t-mobile arena on dec. 5. anaheim has recorded points in five of its last six games (4-1-1) to move into third place in the pacific division after a huge 3-2 shootout victory at minnesota on saturday. "the pressure is ramped up a little more, obviously," ducks forward corey perry told the orange county register. "it's teams battling for the playoffs. ... you need every point you can get. it seems every team's winning on every single night. it's a matter of going out and doing your job."

tv: 10 p.m. et, prime ticket (anaheim), at&t sportsnet-rocky mountain (vegas)

about the ducks (29-20-11): veteran center ryan kesler, who missed almost the first three months of the season while recovering from hip surgery, sat out saturday's game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. "we've known there's going to be a maintenance opportunity with him," coach randy carlyle told reporters. "it wasn't going to be like he was going to step back into the lineup and play without having some ups and downs with it." all-star rickard rakell leads the team with 22 goals and 46 points but has been limited to one assist over his last five games.

about the golden knights (39-15-4): william karlsson and reilly smith come into monday's contest riding seven-game point streaks and are tied for third on the team with 51 overall. jonathan marchessault leads the way with 58 points, including four in his last two games, and david perron has registered seven of his 53 in his last six contests. defenseman nate schmidt also has been on a roll of late with eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last eight games while ryan carpenter has scored in three consecutive contests and five of his last seven.


1. anaheim g john gibson has allowed fewer than three goals in each of his last six appearances.

2. the golden knights have recorded at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 13 games.

3. ducks rw ondrej kase has registered three goals and three assists in his last four contests.

prediction: ducks 3, golden knights 2