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Boston, Vegas each look to begin season 3-0-0

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

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



The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins will each look to win their third consecutive game to start the season when they play at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

The Golden Knights can match the best start in team history with a win (3-0-0 in 2017-18). Vegas won eight of its first nine games in its inaugural season, including its only victory against the Bruins, 3-1 on Oct. 15, 2017.

A win would match Boston's best start since 2001-02 when they began the season 3-0-0. This is the third game of a four-game road trip for the Bruins, who have scored three goals in their two victories.


Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand is three assists from 300 in the NHL.

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has four points (one goal, three assists) this season.


They said it

"We're going to play our game. We're a good defensive team. I suspect if we play our game, we'll keep them below their average, but I guess we'll see. We've been pretty well-disciplined. Their penalty kill has actually contributed to some goals, so we'll have to keep an eye on that." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"It's all about consistency for us. We had two good games [against the San Jose Sharks]. We've got to be good. We've got to be good against [the Bruins] because they have the offensive power to make you pay, and they're a better team than San Jose, I think, so it's a real challenge for us." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Chris Wagner -- Sean Kuraly -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Par Lindholm, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (undisclosed)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Cody Glass -- Mark Stone

Brandon Pirri -- Paul Stastny -- Valentin Zykov

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jimmy Schuldt, Nicolas Roy

Injured: Zach Whitecloud (upper body), Nate Schmidt (lower body), Cody Eakin (undisclosed), Alex Tuch (upper body)


Status report

Lindholm will be a healthy scratch after playing the first two games. … There are no lineup changes for the Golden Knights.


Stat pack

Rask is four games from 500 in the NHL. … Bergeron is seven assists from 500 in the NHL. … Vegas leads the League with three shorthanded goals. ... Fleury is four wins from tying Terry Sawchuk (445) for seventh on the League's all-time wins list, and three games from tying Harry Lumley (803) for 15th all-time. He has stopped 55 of 57 shots in two starts. ... Boston is 3-1-0 against Vegas including winning each of the past three games.

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