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Vegas seeks first win in six games; Calgary is 0-2-1 in past three

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (10-9-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (9-9-3)


The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights and Calgary Flames will try to end their respective winless streaks when they face off at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Vegas is 0-4-1 in its past five games after losing 4-3 to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday. The Golden Knights are 1-4-3 in their past eight games and 0-1-2 in their previous three at home.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who will start for Vegas, is 1-2-1 with a goals-against-average of 3.78 and an .873 save percentage in his past four starts.

The Flames are also playing the second game of a back-to-back; they lost 3-0 at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Calgary is 0-2-1 in its past three games after winning four of its previous five. Cam Talbot is expected to start.


Players to watch

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

Golden Knights center William Karlsson has consecutive multipoint games and has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.

They said it

"When you're down two goals, it's tough to battle back and win every game as we have in the past, but we've got to learn from it. It's no recipe for success. We've got to figure it out." -- Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau

"We haven't played perfect hockey in the last while, but we're right there in every game. We've got to get that killer instinct. … I don't know what the word is, but it seems like we're scared to lose in the third period instead of going out there and playing confident, trying to win." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Andrew Mangiapane -- Derek Ryan -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Michael Stone

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Dillon Dube

Injured: Juuso Valimaki (knee), TJ Brodie (medical episode)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Jonathan Marchessault -- Cody Eakin -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Paul Stastny -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Deryk Engelland

Injured: None

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … The Flames recalled Dube from Stockton of the American Hockey League and sent down forward Alan Quine. ... Vegas sent forwards Brandon Pirri and Nicolas Roy to Chicago of the AHL on Sunday. Pirri was sent down after he cleared waivers.

Stat pack

Tkachuk has seven goals in seven games against Vegas. … Lucic is two goals from 200 in the NHL. … Monahan has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past eight games. … Stastny, who has not scored a point in his past eight games, is three from 700 in the NHL. … Reaves is playing his 600th NHL game. … Pacioretty has five goals in his past seven games.

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