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Fleury seeks his NHL-leading 30th win for Vegas; Bobrovsky to start for Columbus

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (30-20-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (31-21-4)



The Game

Marc-Andre Fleury will attempt to become the first goalie to reach 30 wins this season when the Vegas Golden Knights host the Columbus Blue Jackets at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Fleury, 29-15-4 this season, will also make his NHL-leading 49th start. He's 9-5-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in his past 14 starts for the Golden Knights, who look to win their third straight following a four-game losing streak. Vegas is in third place in the Pacific Division, five points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the Blue Jackets, who seek their third consecutive victory after a five-game losing streak. Columbus is in third place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the second-place Washington Capitals.


Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games and 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in his past 19.

Golden Knights center Paul Stastny has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"I think, as coaches, at this time of year, you're trying to nail down your structure a little bit more. In this league, you'll go to the bitter end and just try to find a way." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella


"I'm worried about tonight's opponent. It doesn't matter who you play. We go into Tampa Bay (a 3-2 shootout win on Tuesday) … and we played our best game in the last month. It doesn't matter who you play. We have to get ready." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Anthony Duclair -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Markus Hannikainen -- Riley Nash -- Lukas Sedlak

Seth Jones -- Ryan Murray

Zach Werenski -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Mark Letestu, Dean Kukan

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (lower body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

Valentin Zykov -- Cody Eakin -- Tomas Nosek

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Brandon Pirri, Oscar Lindberg, Jake Bischoff

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Ryan Carpenter (upper body), Nick Holden (undisclosed)


Status report

Dubinsky did not travel with the Blue Jackets. … Carrier (undisclosed) is a game-time decision but is expected to play for the first time since Jan. 4. … Subban was activated from injured reserve Friday and will back up Fleury. … Vegas reassigned goalie Maxime Lagace to Chicago of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

Atkinson has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … Dubois has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 11 games. … Karlsson has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games after having a goal and an assist in his previous 13 games.

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