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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Golden Knights have their sights set on first place in the Honda West Division and with the Colorado Avalanche in town Wednesday, the VGK have an opportunity to cement their third division title in four seasons.

With 47 games played, the Golden Knights enter the night with 70 points, four points ahead of second-place Colorado, who have a game in hand. The VGK are in the midst of a franchise record, nine-game winning streak, while the Avalanche have lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since February.

"We're trying to build our game here, and so are they, to find our best game going into the playoffs," said Golden Knights defenseman, Alex Pietrangelo. "We obviously know what they are, we've had some really good games against them, they're obviously a really good team, but for us it's working on what we need to work on here. We feel that is important because if we do that, we feel like we have a chance to beat everybody. I know they're probably saying the exact same thing, for us it's really focusing on tuning in our game and continuing to build off what we've built off the last couple weeks."

The Golden Knights are 3-3 this season against Colorado and 7-7-1 all-time against the Avalanche. VGK Coach Pete DeBoer said this game is about being mentally prepared, just as much as it is being physically prepared.

"You have to find that fine line where you're engaged, but you're also executing, you're not just racing around the ice full of energy, not making good decisions," DeBoer said. "That's always a fine line you're looking for. I think we have a veteran team, I think we understand that I also anticipate they're going to be great tonight, particularly their big line had an off-night in St. Louis the other night, my history with those type of players like MacKinnon when they have an off-night, they come roaring back, so I'm anticipating they're going to be good."
For the second straight day, both Keegan Kolesar and Reilly Smith were on the ice at City National Arena with their teammates. Kolesar has missed the last seven games, while Smith has missed the last three. DeBoer called them both, game-time decisions on Tuesday.


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