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Anaheim concluding road trip; Vegas looks to avoid third loss in four games

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (7-5-0) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (7-5-0)



The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will conclude a four-game road trip when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Anaheim is 1-2-0 during the trip but defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Saturday. John Gibson is expected to start after Ryan Miller made 35 saves against Colorado.

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start in goal for the Golden Knights, who have lost two of their past three games. Fleury is 3-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.89 and a .944 save percentage in his past four starts.


Players to watch

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm has five assists in the past five games, including three against the Avalanche.

Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith has five points (four goals, one assist) in the past seven games.


They said it

"We wanted to play better after the little losing streak. We wanted to make our game simple. We knew they were on a back-to-back game, so we took over in the first period and after that we closed the game." -- Ducks forward Max Comtois on Saturday's victory

"Sometimes, embarrassment is good for you. I'm sure everybody went home [on Friday] looking for answers, looked in the mirror and said, 'I've got to be better.' That's what happens in this business. It's not like we play again until next Sunday like football. We play a day-and-a-half later, so we've got to be ready for it." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant on the team's response after losing Friday


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Max Comtois

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Devin Shore -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Ondrej Kase, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Tomas Nosek -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Jake Bischoff -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Garret Sparks

Scratched: Brandon Pirri, Nicolas Hague

Injured: Nate Schmidt (lower body), Alex Tuch (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body)

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Nosek skated on the third line at practice Saturday and is expected to replace Pirri in the lineup. … Roy centered the fourth line and is expected to make his Vegas debut. 


Stat pack

Fowler is one goal from becoming the Ducks' all-time leader in goals by a defenseman, surpassing Scott Niedermayer (60). … Vegas is 7-1-0 against Anaheim. … Pacioretty is two points from 500 in the NHL. … Stastny is four points from 700 in the NHL.

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