LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Vegas Golden Knights are ready to face the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener. Goaltender Robin Lehner is starting in net tonight for the Knights.
It was not announced until the Knights skated on the ice for warm-ups who would be in net for Game 1. Coach Pete DeBoer said that it would be his policy throughout the season to not announce who the starting goalie is going to be until game time. He said this is a strategic move to keep opponents guessing.
Lehner started most of the games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Paradise, Nevada; Thursday, 7 p.m. PST
BOTTOM LINE: The Vegas Golden Knights start the season at home against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. However, the game will be played without any fans in and outside of the arena.
MGM sent the following statement:
When the Vegas Golden Knights return to the ice for the 2021 season, the team and T-Mobile Arena encourage fans to tune in to the Golden Knights’ TV partners to enjoy the games. The games will not be broadcast on the arena mesh screen and fans will not have access to Toshiba Plaza. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the venue when it is safe to do so.
The Vegas Golden Knights finished 15-6-2 in division action and 22-11-4 at home in the 2019-20 season. Goalies for the Golden Knights recorded six shutouts last season while compiling a .900 save percentage.
Anaheim finished 29-33-9 overall and 9-10-2 in division play a season ago. The Ducks recorded 288 assists on 182 total goals last season.
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