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Vegas hopes to stay undefeated; Mrazek will start for Detroit

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (3-1-0) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (3-0-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; ATTSN-RM, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to extend their historic start to the season when they play their second-ever home game, against the Detroit Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena on Friday. With a 5-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, Vegas became the first team in NHL history to begin its inaugural season 3-0-0.

This is the second of a seven-game homestand for the Golden Knights. Forward James Neal, who leads Vegas with five goals (tied for second in the NHL), is the fourth player in the expansion era to score in each of his team's first three games.

Detroit is coming off a 4-2 win against Arizona on Thursday. Forward Martin Frk scored his Red Wings-leading third goal.

Video: ARI@VGK: Neal spins and scores from the circle

 

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has five points (one goal, four assists) and has had at least one in each of their four games.

Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek will play against his former team for the first time since Vegas selected him in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21. Nosek, who played 17 games for Detroit over the past two seasons, scored Vegas' first home goal Tuesday.

Video: MIN@DET: Larkin deflects puck out of midair for PPG

 

They said it

"It's one thing to score, that's obviously a weapon [Frk] brings. But he's doing all the other little things really well -- he's making real good plays on the wall, he's responsible, all the things that gives a coach confidence. He's doing a great job and I'm really happy for him." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"You watch a team like them, they've got some real good, young talent. The Detroit identity is still there. They're hardworking, they've got some skill and talent. They're a dangerous team in that offensive zone." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Anthony Mantha -- Dylan Larkin -- Martin Frk

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

David Booth -- Luke Glendening -- Riley Sheahan

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body)

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

Reilly Smith -- Jonathan Marchessault -- Oscar Lindberg

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

William Karlsson -- Erik Haula -- Brendan Leipsic

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

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Jason Garrison

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Griffin Reinhart, Jon Merrill, Brad Hunt

Injured: Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Status report

Mrazek will start for Detroit. In his only other game this season, he gave up three goals in 4-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 10. … Red Wings defensemen Dekeyser (lower body) and Kronwall (groin) are questionable. Kronwall made his season debut Thursday.

 

Stat pack

Having played 39,953 minutes in his NHL career, Fleury is expected to become the 27th goaltender in League history to reach 40,000. 

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