The Vegas Golden Knights experienced pronounced highs and lows during their season-high seven-game homestand as they erupted for 19 goals in four straight wins before getting shut out to cap a string of three straight losses. The Golden Knights look to turn around their fortunes on Tuesday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.
Vegas has surrendered the first goal in six straight games and has yielded the first three tallies in each of their last four following Saturday's 3-0 setback to Columbus. "We've just got to find our game back again," Golden Knights forward Mark Stone said. "Getting on the road, kind of getting away, getting back to that simple hockey. ... I think getting on the road will be a big help for us." While Vegas takes its show on the road for an eight-game stretch that bookends the All-Star festivities, Buffalo plays its final contest at home before the break on Tuesday. The Sabres started off fast in their last encounter on Saturday, scoring three times in the first period before breezing to their third win in five games with a 5-1 decision in Detroit.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (24-18-6): Vegas coach Gerard Gallant is keeping an optimistic approach in regard to the availability of Jonathan Marchessault, who is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury. "He felt real good so far. Fingers crossed. Hopefully he's OK," Gallant said on Monday, per the Las Vegas Review Journal. Marchessault, who was paired with William Karlsson and Reilly Smith in practice, collected three goals and an assist in two meetings against the Sabres last season.
ABOUT THE SABRES (20-19-7): Jack Eichel has gone streaking again, as the Buffalo captain followed up his career-best 17-game run from Nov. 16-Dec. 17 by collecting three goals and five assists in his last seven contests. The former Hobey Baker Award winner set up defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's power-play goal early in the third period on Sunday to boost his team-leading totals in assists (32) and points (59). Eichel, who resides one goal shy of his career-best total of 28 set last season, tallied twice in Buffalo's 4-2 home victory versus Vegas on Oct. 8, 2018.
1. Buffalo D Rasmus Dahlin has five assists on his four-game point streak.
2. Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury sports a sizzling 22-6-3 record with four shutouts and a 2.08 goals-against average in 33 career appearances versus the Sabres.
3. Buffalo has collected at least a point in 12 of 18 games versus Western Conference foes (9-6-3).