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Vegas goaltender Fleury sidelined with concussion; Bruins likely without Bergeron again

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

BRUINS (2-2-0) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (3-1-0)



The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will be without starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury when they face the Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Fleury was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a concussion in a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. He played in each of the Golden Knights' first four games, going 3-1-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

Forward Jonathan Marchessault was also placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Rookie Malcolm Subban, claimed on waivers by the Golden Knights from the Bruins on Oct. 3, is expected to start against his former team. Vegas recalled goalie Maxime Lagace and forward Alex Tuch from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

Center Vadim Shipachyov, who signed a two-year contract with Vegas on May 4, is expected to make his NHL debut in place of center Erik Haula, who will miss at least a week because of a lower-body injury.

The Bruins, who won 6-2 at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, are again expected to play without center Patrice Bergeron. He has yet to dress for a game this season because of a lower-body injury.


Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has scored a goal in three of four games this season and has two points in each of his past two games.

Golden Knights forward James Neal has scored in each game this season and is tied with Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad for second in the League with six goals (Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, nine). It took Neal 14 games to reach six goals last season.


They said it

"That's obviously a big, big win for us. Everybody contributed to it. Obviously, we know that our job as veterans is to pull the good share of the load. We got that and obviously the younger group of players stepped up as well. You need that." -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara after a 6-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday

"The guys were in good spirits. There's no need for me to be barking at them. We're focusing on Sunday." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant following their first loss of the season


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Riley Nash -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Matt Beleskey -- Ryan Spooner -- Austin Czarnik

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller -- Charlie McAvoy

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Frank Vatrano, Paul Postma

Injured: Noel Acciari (finger), David Backes (diverticulitis), Patrice Bergeron (lower body)

Golden Knights projected lineup

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

Reilly Smith -- Vadim Shipachyov -- Alex Tuch

William Karlsson -- Oscar Lindberg -- Brendan Leipsic

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- William Carrier

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Jason Garrison

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Malcolm Subban

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Griffin Reinhart, Jon Merrill, Brad Hunt

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Erik Haula (lower body), Jonathan Marchessault (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body)


Status report

Neither team had a morning skate. … Rask is expected to start after Khudobin made 29 saves against the Coyotes. … Shipachyov is expected to center the second line in his debut.


Stat pack

Bjork, 21, scored his first NHL goal Saturday. … The Golden Knights are 1-for-17 on the power play. ... Neal will try to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games. He had a six-game goal-scoring streak with the Nashville Predators last season from Nov. 5-17.

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