Golden Knights to play Blues or Canucks in Western Second Round


The Vegas Golden Knights will face the St. Louis Blues or Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the Western Conference.

Vegas, the No.1 seed with a 7-1-0 playoff record, beat the Chicago Blackhawks in five games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.Vancouver, the No.5 seed, leads the No.4 seed St. Louis in this best-of-7 series with Game 6 Friday (9.45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-SW ).

Mark Stone (four goals, four assists) and Reilly Smith (three goals, five assists) lead the Golden Knights with eight points each in the playoffs. Shea Theodore (four goals, three assists) and Jonathan Marchessault (two goals, five assists) each scored seven points, and Tissu Alex scored four goals. Robin Lehner is 5-1-0 with a 2.44 goals against average and .904 save percentage. Marc-André Fleury is 2-0-0 with a GAA of 2.50 and a save percentage of 0.886.

The Golden Knights have won two of three games against the Blues this season, with 26 goals scored. Stone had five assists, and Max Pacioretty (three goals, one assist) and Chandler Stephenson (one goal, three assists) each scored four points. Fleury went 1-1-0 with a GAA of 3.98 and save percentage of 0.867.

Ryan O’Reilly had six assists and Zach Sanford scored four goals against the Golden Knights. Jordan Binnington was 1-0-1 with a GAA of 3.92 and a save percentage of 0.901. Jake Allen allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss on Jan.4.

The Golden Knights were 1-0-1 against the Canucks, with 18 goals scored. Pacioretty (two goals, three assists) led Vegas with five points, and Stone (two goals, two assists) and Theodore (four assists) each scored four points. Marchessault and Nick Holden each scored two goals. Fleury started each game (3.96 GAA, 0.873 save percentage).

Brock Boeser led the Canucks with four points (one goal, three assists), and Elias Pettersson (three goals) and Jake Virtanen (one goal, two assists) each scored three points against the Golden Knights. Jacob Markstrom started each game (1-1-0, 4.81 GAA, .890 save percentage).

Vegas has never played against St. Louis or Vancouver in the playoffs.

The best-of-7 series will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the hub city of the Western Conference.


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