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Dansk to make first NHL start for Vegas; Kane aiming to stay hot for Chicago

by Danny Webster / Correspondent



The Game

Goaltender Oscar Dansk will make his first NHL start when the Vegas Golden Knights host the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

The Golden Knights, who look to extend their winning streak to four, are the first team in NHL history to win six of their first seven games in their inaugural season. 

Dansk, 23, played 13:46 and stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief of Malcolm Subban in Vegas' 3-2 overtime victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Dansk was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

Video: STL@VGK: Dansk stands strong to deny Schwartz

Subban is expected to miss four weeks with a lower-body injury and was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

After starting the season 3-0-1, the Blackhawks are 2-2-1 in their past five games and have lost two of their past three.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is on a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists) and has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) this season.

Vegas forward Reilly Smith has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past two games, including a goal and two assists against St. Louis on Saturday.

Video: CHI@ARI: Kane scores beauty on breakaway


They said it

"They've got a fun thing going for them. I think we want to come in here and let's make sure we're respectful for being here and taking advantage of a great situation where we had three days of fun, but let's go take care of business." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

"It's a cool experience, that's for sure. I'm excited for it. I'm going to go out there, play my game. I've worked hard every day. I've just got to go out there, work hard and do my best." -- Golden Knights goaltender Oscar Dansk


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Ryan Hartman -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Artem Anisimov -- Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta

Jordan Oesterle -- Connor Murphy

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Cody Franson

Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body)

Golden Knights projected lineup

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

Brendan Leipsic -- Vadim Shipachyov -- Alex Tuch

Oscar Lindberg -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

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

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Deryk Engelland -- Brayden McNabb

Oscar Dansk

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Jason Garrison, Jon Merrill, Griffin Reinhart

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


Status report

Kero rotated with Wingels as fourth-line center during the morning skate, but Wingels is expected to dress. ... Marchessault and Haula took part in Vegas' optional morning skate, but coach Gerard Gallant said each will be a game-time decision. Neal and Perron did not participate but will play.

Stat pack

Panik enters the game with 99 career points (52 goals, 47 assists). Keith has five assists in a four-game point streak. … Neal leads the Golden Knights with eight points (six goals, two assists).

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