The Golden Knights will indeed be without winger Ryan Reaves for their series-opening game against Dallas on Sunday as the league announced that he has received a one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Canucks forward Tyler Motte on Friday night. The video from the Department of Player Safety explaining their decision can be found here.
The hit occurred late in the second period and Reaves received a major and a match penalty for the hit which was reviewed and upheld by officials. Vancouver was unable to score with the critical man advantage and ultimately fell 3-0.
With Reaves out of the lineup, Nick Cousins will likely take his place for Game One against the Stars. He had been scratched when Tomas Nosek returned on Friday night. He has five assists in 14 games so far this postseason while Reaves has four helpers in 15 contests.