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Carolina has won four of six; DeBoer set to coach first home game with Vegas

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (31-20-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (28-21-7)



The Game

Peter DeBoer will coach his first home game with the Vegas Golden Knights when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

DeBoer, who is 4-2-1 with Vegas, replaced Gerard Gallant on Jan. 15 before the second game of eight straight on the road.

The Golden Knights have won three of their past four games and trail the Vancouver Canucks by two points for first place in the Pacific Division.

Carolina is coming off a 5-3 victory at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday and is 4-2-0 in its past six games. Forward Erik Haula, who played the previous two seasons with the Golden Knights, will return to Vegas for the first time since being traded to Carolina on June 27. 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has eight points (five goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak.

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone had five points (two goals, three assists) in a 7-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.


They said it

"They're a tough team, I think one of the best teams in hockey. They've got the talent, they've got the goaltending. It'll be a tough match." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

"I know what to expect. I've been in that building before, but it's exciting to be on the other bench tonight. I think the group's ready to get home for a home game." -- Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Justin Williams

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson

Jaccob Slavin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: None

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (fractured leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Paul Stastny -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

William Carrier -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Zach Whitecloud

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Deryk Engelland

Injured: William Karlsson (upper body)


Status report

Martinook, a forward, is questionable. … Karlsson was a full-contact participant at the morning skate. DeBoer said the forward is close to returning and will get an X-ray on Sunday. … Vegas rookie forward Cody Glass (lower body) was reassigned to Chicago of the American Hockey League earlier Saturday. He has not played since Jan. 4.


Stat pack

Svechnikov has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past six games. … Marchessault has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. … This will be the second game in nine days between the teams after Vegas won 4-3 at PNC Arena on Jan. 31. 

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