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Golden Knights face struggling Blackhawks

 LAS VEGAS It has been a storybook season so far for the Vegas Golden Knights, who seemingly break another record for an NHL expansion team every time they take the ice.But heading into Tuesday night game with the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena Cody Franson Jersey, the Golden Knights find themselves on the heels of a milestone theyd just as soon forget.Vegas comes in off a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. That defeat marked the first time the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights have lost back-to-back home games all season.Article continues below ...Gerard Gallant squad, which holds an eight-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division, still is an impressive 19-4-2 at home this year. So, there no need to push the panic button yet.We know everybody trying to get into the playoffs or stay in the playoffs, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. Right now, were in good shape. Were all aware where we are but we just cant sit back. Weve got to keep chasing these points night after night.The game with the Blackhawks is the second of a season-long seven-game homestand for Vegas. The Golden Knights are 2-0 against Chicago, defeating them 4-2 at T-Mobile on Oct Pierre Pilote Jersey. 24 and 5-4 in Chicago on Jan. 5.Theyre a hungry team, Gallant said. Theyve got a lot of talent and a lot of skill, and they play a fast game.When Gallant says the Blackhawks are a hungry team, he isnt kidding.Chicago is in last place in the Central Division and brings in a six-game losing streak after a 6-1 drubbing by the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night, the team longest losing streak this season and also the longest since a nine-game losing streak in 2012.The Blackhawks, who actually heard a loud round of boos leaving the ice after the second period from their fans who made the trip to sunny Glendale, Ariz., outshot the Coyotes, 38-22, but still got blown out by an Arizona team with the worst record in the NHL.I think there some compete at times but I think the consistency of the energy and urgency and the purpose sometimes it looks like it an almost getting there, or an almost block, or an almost clear, or an almost completed rebound, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said afterward. Those almosts can turn into getting the job done. That the difference finding a way to get it done.There was some potentially good news for the Blackhawks. All-Star goaltender Corey Crawford practiced before Monday game for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with a concussion.Chicago was 17-13-5 and just a point out of the second wild-card spot before Crawford was put on the IR.It takes some time, I guess, to see shots and stuff, Crawford told a media gathering after the practice. It a process right now to go through everything and get to a point where I can get into a game Brandon Saad Jersey. It still looking good. I want to get back playing.So what the timeline for Crawford return?It still too early to say, said Quenneville.
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