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Chicago has points in three straight games; goalie Fleury returns to start for Vegas

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (12-12-6) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (15-12-5)



The Game

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Vegas Golden Knights against the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday after missing five games on personal leave. He dressed as the backup to Malcolm Subban in a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

The Golden Knights were 4-2-1 without Fleury, who makes his first start since Nov. 23, a 4-2 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Vegas forward Cody Glass will miss the first game of his NHL career after taking an elbow to the head from Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux on Sunday.

Goalie Corey Crawford is expected to start for the Blackhawks, who have points in three straight games (2-0-1) after going 1-5-1 in their previous seven. 

The Blackhawks earned their first-ever win against the Golden Knights (1-5-2), a 5-3 victory in Las Vegas, on Nov. 13.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in his past 19 games.

Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"I think we're trying to develop our young players at the same time as we're trying to win. There's going to be rotation. Different guys are going to get opportunities based on how they're playing, and that's the process we're going through." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"Just having him in the locker room, it changes this whole group. We're happy when he's in, but if he's not playing, he definitely brings a lot more positivity to this group." -- Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith on Marc-Andre Fleury


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Dominik Kubalik

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Dylan Sikura -- David Kampf -- Alex Nylander

Ryan Carpenter -- Kirby Dach -- Zack Smith

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson -- Dennis Gilbert

Slater Koekkoek -- Connor Murphy

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Adam Boqvist, Matthew Highmore

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Duncan Keith (groin), Olli Maatta (illness), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

William Carrier -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

Valentin Zykov -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Deryk Engelland -- Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill

Injured: Cody Glass (upper body), Cody Eakin (upper body)


Status report

Shaw was placed on long-term injured reserve Monday, when Boqvist and Highmore were recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League. … Keith and Caggiula did not travel. … Zykov was recalled from Chicago of the AHL on Monday. He was suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program on Oct. 17. … Holden will play for the first time since Nov. 25. … There was no update on Glass.


Stat pack

Toews has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games. … Fleury is two games from tying Sean Burke (820) for 14th in NHL history. … Marchessault is one goal from 100 in the NHL.

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