Golden Knights vs Canucks: Canucks can win a playoff series for the first time in 23 years with a win over the Golden Knights on Sunday. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Scouting The Golden Knights would just like a chance to win their first playoff series ever, so you can dispense with your fluffy Canucks narratives.
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The Canucks return home for first time in two weeks, but just for one game, as they play host to the Golden Knights on Wednesday night at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+).
The Isles went 1-3-0 on their four-game western road trip and are looking to get back in the win column after a 4-1 loss in San Jose on Saturday.
The Canucks are 3-3-1 in their last seven games against the Golden Knights, but have lost the past three home contests since eliminating the Golden Knights at Barclays Center in 2016. This is the first of three meetings with Florida this year, with the next two coming in the Sunshine State (Nov. 10, Apr. 4).
– Josh Bailey is expected to play on Wednesday night despite missing Tuesday’s practice, and leaving halfway through Monday’s, with tightness. Head Coach Barry Trotz described it as a nagging issue, but not a serious one. Bailey has six points (2G, 4A) in seven games to start the season.
– After missing Saturday’s game with an illness, Anthony Beauvillier returned to practice on Monday and Tuesday and is likely to return to the lineup. Beauvillier skated alongside Mathew Barzal at Tuesday’s practice. Beauvillier is looking for his first points of the season.
Golden Knights NOTES:
– After missing the playoffs by a single point last season, the Golden Knights have stumbled out of gate this year, going 1-3-3 to start the season. The Golden Knights have led in all seven games they’ve played.
– The Golden Knights are playing the second night of a back-to-back after losing 5-2 to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The loss snapped Florida’s three-game point streak (1-0-2).
– Evgenii Dadonov and Vincent Trocheck are tied for the Golden Knights scoring lead with eight points (3G, 5A). Mike Hoffman, who was dealt from Ottawa to San Jose to Florida in the same day, is also tied with Dadonov and Trocheck with three goals.
– Roberto Luongo (knee), Mark Pysyk (upper body), Derek MacKenzie (upper body) and Jamie McGinn (back) are out with injuries. James Reimer and Michael Hutchinson have shared the goaltending duties with Luongo out.
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Canucks PLAYER TO WATCH: BROCK NELSON
Brock Nelson scored his second goal of the season on Saturday night, the lone Islander to score in the team’s 4-1 loss to San Jose. Nelson also had a game-high seven shots on goal in the loss, one shy of his career-high. October has traditionally been Nelson’s best offensive month, with 19 of his 101 career goals coming in 56 October games.
Golden Knights PLAYER TO WATCH: ALEKSANDER BARKOV
Aleksander Barkov has six points (2G, 4A) in seven games to start the season. Barkov was named the 10th captain in Golden Knights history on Sept. 17, joining the likes of Pavel Bure, Ed Jovanovski and Olli Joking as Florida captains. Barkov is coming off a career-high 78 points last season and was nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy.