VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Cody Glass is finally starting to feel comfortable playing and practicing in the NHL.
The Golden Knights’ top draft pick had a pair of assists in the Knights’ 9-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The performance comes on the heels of Glass’ goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings’ rookies Wednesday.
“Yeah, I feel like I’m adjusting better,” he said. “It’s 10 times faster when you’re playing against NHL guys and a lot more physical. But I’m a lot more confident now. I’m getting used to the contact.”
Glass has practiced well with the veterans in the first two days of training camp. The fact he and Tyler Wong, Tomas Hyka and Nick Suzuki have skated together for more than a week has led to some chemistry between them.
“I think that definitely helped us (Sunday),” he said. “Playing with those guys during rookie camp gave us a chance to know each other and it showed.”
The NHL has mandated that its referees call more slashing penalties, and that was the case Sunday. Of the 19 penalties that were called, six were for slashes. Five of the six went against the Canucks.
Alex Tuch drew the lone Golden Knights slashing penalty when he was sent off 27 seconds into the third period.
NHL headed to China
The Canucks featured a youthful roster as many of the team’s veterans are headed to China for two preseason games against the Los Angeles Kings.
The teams play Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Beijing as the NHL seeks to expand the sport into new markets.
“It’s a pretty cool experience for the guys who get to go over there,” Knights defenseman Jason Garrison said following Sunday’s practice at City National Arena in Summerlin. “If you can bring in more viewers and create worldwide interest in this sport and this league, there’s only good things to come from that.”
The Knights flew in Sunday morning, played the game, then returned to Las Vegas immediately afterward. They’ll repeat the process Tuesday when they fly to Denver, play the Avalanche that evening then fly home. The same routine follows for San Jose on Thursday and Anaheim next Sunday.
Normally, the team would get in the night before and settle in at a hotel. But the preseason allows for a little more relaxed schedule.
The Golden Knights will host a ceremony to celebrate newly opened City National Arena at 9 a.m. on Monday.
The event is by invitation only and will feature Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley along with a ceremonial puck drop with Jr. Golden Knights players.
City National Arena, which serves as the Knights’ practice facility and corporate headquarters, also will serve as a community ice center.
If you were unable to watch Sunday’s game, the NHL Network will rebroadcast it at 6 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday.
Golden Knights preseason schedule
— Knights 9, Vancouver Canucks 4
— At Colorado Avalanche, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
— At San Jose Sharks, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
— At Anaheim Ducks, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.
— Los Angeles Kings, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
— Colorado Avalanche, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
— San Jose Sharks, Oct. 1, 5 p.m.
(Home games at T-Mobile Arena)