On Saturday afternoon the Vegas Golden Knights practiced ahead of their Sunday afternoon game at the T-Mobile Arena against the Montreal Canadiens, who are making their annual visit to Sin City.
The Knights are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday and spirits were high in the locker room. Vegas also is coming off a busy week acquiring some new talent before Friday’s trade deadline.
A bit of unfortunate news for the Golden Knights came as Will Carrier, who has been an instrumental piece to this year’s success, picked up an injury.
“(Carrier)’s going to be out for a while,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said when meeting with the media. “For now he will be out indefinitely until we get a better update, and honestly it was tougher news than we were hoping for.”
Cassidy was pleased that they were able to acquire depth and says they will need it in the short term.
He also confirmed that Jonathan Quick, who was acquired at the deadline, will make his Golden Knights debut against the Canadiens. Montreal is wrapping up a western road trip after losing three straight to San Jose, Los Angeles, and Anaheim.
Vegas is in a heated battle for the top spot in the Pacific and only two points ahead of Los Angeles. Cassidy is aware of how tough the end of the season will be for his team.
“We’re number one right now and I think we’ve earned it. We battled adversity but we still have work to do and that’s what excites the team. We’re still playing well despite losing key pieces.”
Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.
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