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Wild go West to face Golden Knights

From FOX Sports - March 15, 2018

LAS VEGASThere have been plenty of positives for the Vegas Golden Knights while building a 10-point lead in the Pacific Division during their inaugural season.

Wednesday nights 8-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils wasnt one of them.

It was the worst home loss in franchise history for the Golden Knights (45-20-5, 95 points), who will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak at T-Mobile Arena when it hosts the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Vegas entered Wednesdays blowout loss after an impressive 4-1 East Coast road trip and is still a glossy 24-8-2 on home ice. And coach Gerard Gallant, who actually thought his team played well for much of the game but was the victim of some bad puck luck, said he didnt dwell on the lopsided loss at practice on Thursday.

Weve (forgotten) about it, Gallant said. I was pissed off last night. I got home last night at 12 oclock, had a baloney sandwich, went to bed, and I feel real good today.

You forget about it. Its like when were winning five in a row, it doesnt matter what happened yesterday, we get ready for the next game. Thats the bottom line.

Vegas is expected to get two key players back Friday night in left winger James Neal and backup goalie Malcolm Subban.

Neal, who ranks third on the team with 24 goals, hasnt played since leaving a 3-2 overtime loss at Los Angeles on Feb. 26 because of a hand injury. Subban was injured in a Feb. 7 practice in San Jose and hasnt played since a 5-2 loss at Minnesota on Feb. 2.

Im assuming theyll both be ready (Friday), Gallant said. They both had good practices today. Assuming everything goes good the rest of the day, theyll be ready to go tomorrow.

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