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Tuch back in Vegas lineup; Chicago has won three of five after 1-4-2 skid

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent


10 p.m. ET; NBCSN


The Game

Alex Tuch will return to the lineup for the Vegas Golden Knights when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Tuch did not play during Vegas' four-game road trip because of an upper-body injury sustained against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 2. The forward also missed the first 13 games of the season with an upper-body injury sustained during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 27.

The Golden Knights, who are 7-0-0 against the Blackhawks, are 0-2-1 in their past three games and have lost six of eight (2-3-3). Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start and try to win his 449th game in the NHL.

Chicago has won three of its past five (3-1-1) after losing six of seven (1-4-2). Goalie Corey Crawford will start for the third time in four games.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 11 points (five goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has scored four goals in his past five games. 


They said it

"I thought we were good against them [a 2-1 shootout victory for Vegas at United Center on Oct. 22]. Probably deserved better. We didn't score on our chances, thought we defended well. We'll take that with us, but at the same time, it's a new game." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton 

"We need a little bit more hunger, I think. We're at our best when we're playing fast, we're trying hard to run the forecheck and we're trying to possess the puck in the zone. I think as a whole we're missing a little bit of a step." -- Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex Nylander -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Ryan Carpenter -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik

Zack Smith -- Kirby Dach -- Andrew Shaw

Adam Boqvist -- Duncan Keith

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Olli Maatta -- Erik Gustafsson

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin), Drake Caggiula (illness)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Nicolas Roy -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Deryk Engelland, Brandon Pirri, Tomas Nosek

Injured: None

Suspended: Valentin Zykov


Status report

Caggiula was placed in concussion protocol. … Murphy could return Saturday.


Stat pack

Keith is one goal from 100 in the NHL. … Stastny is three points from 700 in the NHL.

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