PUCK DROP: Marc-Andre Fleury in net for Knights. Clear skies, 33 degrees in Lake Tahoe. Both teams wearing their reverse retro jerseys, Knights in red. Sloppy ice creating problems for the players.
FIRST PERIOD: Avalanche Samuel Girard (2) scores at 2:58. Assists to Nate MacKinnon (13), Mikko Rantanen (5). AVALANCHE 1, KNIGHTS 0. Shots on goal: Avalanche 17, Knights 7.
Game has been delayed because of problems with the ice in Lake Tahoe. Statement from NHL:
In the interest of Player safety, and due to poor ice conditions resulting from extreme sun, play in Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche has been suspended after one period of play. The game will resume tonight at 9 p.m. PT with the expectation of completing the second and third periods, and with Colorado leading Vegas 1-0. The game will be televised on NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports
SECOND PERIOD: Following an 8 hour delay, the game is back underway under the lights in Lake Tahoe. Temp is 25 degrees, no wind. Ice conditions look much better.
Knights Alec Martinez (1) with his first goal of the season at 12:23. Assists to Alex Pietrangelo (4), Reilly Smith (4). KNIGHTS 1, AVALANCHE 1.
Avs Nate MacKinnon (4) scores at 8:29 while 4 on 4, assist Devon Toews (3). AVALANCHE 2, KNIGHTS 1 after 2 periods. SHOTS ON GOAL: Avalanche 29, Knights 16.
THIRD PERIOD: Avs Devon Toews (4) scores at 6:42, assists to Nate MacKinnon (14) and Mikko Rantanen (6). AVALANCHE 3, KNIGHTS 1.
Knights Alex Tuch (5) scores at 5:35, Zack Whitecloud (3) with the assist. AVALANCHE 3, KNIGHTS 2, final. Shots on goal: Avalance 39, Knights 29.
Vegas Golden Knights (10-3-1, second in the West Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (8-4-1, third in the West Division)
Stateline; Saturday, 12 p.m. PST
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado hosts Vegas trying to continue its four-game home winning streak.
The Avalanche are 8-4-1 against the rest of their division. Colorado has converted on 25% of power-play opportunities, scoring 14 power-play goals.
The Golden Knights are 10-3-1 against West Division opponents. Vegas is 10th in the NHL
h averaging 5.6 assists per game, led by Mark Stone with 0.9.
The teams square off for the second game in a row.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nathan MacKinnon has 15 total points for the Avalanche, three goals and 12 assists. Cale Makar has 9 points over the last 10 games for Colorado.
Alec Martinez leads the Golden Knights with a plus-nine in 14 games this season. Max Pacioretty has 9 points over the last 10 games for Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 6-3-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.8 penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Golden Knights: 6-3-1, averaging 2.7 goals, five assists, 3.6 penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while allowing 2.2 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.
INJURIES: Avalanche: Matt Calvert: out (upper body), Cale Makar: day to day (upper body).
Golden Knights: Robin Lehner: day to day (upper body).